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Professor of French, Francophone & Comparative Literature
In exploring the powers of literary thinking at the interface of social thought, the humanities and the sciences, Laurent Dubreuil’s research interrogates the way we think, speak, write, love, and live.
At the École normale supérieure, Paris, and in other French universities, Prof. Dubreuil received training in most fields pertaining to the humanities, with a particular emphasis on French, Francophone and Comparative Literature (doctorate: 2001), Philosophy (doctorate: 2002), and Classical Philology. His professors and advisors included Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, Umberto Eco and Pierre Judet de La Combe. In his years as a Mellon New Directions fellow, Dubreuil acquired further competencies in Cognitive Science.
Laurent Dubreuil is the author of eight scholarly books, available in French and/or in English. He is also a creative writer in French, with two other books having been published by Gallimard. Within French and Francophone studies, Dubreuil has worked extensively on literary thinking and practice (mainly, though not exclusively, from the 19th Century onwards), general and contemporary philosophy, postcolonial theory, epistemology, and the arts (including cinema and bande dessinée). The editor of diacritics from 2011 to 2017, Dubreuil has devoted a significant part of his time this journal and to other periodicals, collecting essays on topics ranging from comics to primatology, from negative politics to Asia, from the work of Abdelkébir Khatibi to the limits of rationality. In 2016, Anthony Mangeon, a Professor at the University of Strasburg, edited a “Dubreuil reader” in French, entitled L’empire de la littérature.
In 2018, Dubreuil will publish two new volumes: Poetry and Mind (Fordham UP), a vast reconsideration of the mental experience of poetry at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, with no a priori limitation in terms of era, area or language (core hypothesis to be found here); and Dialogues on the Human Ape (The U of Minnesota P), an inquiry on human and animal minds, co-authored with noted scientist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh.
Laurent Dubreuil is currently finishing writing a monograph on Charles Baudelaire and the extinction of modernity.
- Cognitive Science Program
- Comparative Literature
- Romance Studies
- Cognitive Science
- Comparative Literature
- Romance Studies
- French literature (all periods, with an emphasis on the 19th, 20th and 21st C.)
- Francophone studies (all areas)
- Postcolonial theory
- Literary theory and Philosophy (esp. poetics, epistemology, politics, metaphysics, the artistic experience)
- Cognitive Science (esp. language, “culture" and mind in human and non-human apes)
- Theory and practice of Comparative Literature, Interdisciplinarity, and “Transcultural” approaches
- FREN 4190 - Special Topics in French Literature
- FREN 4200 - Special Topics in French Literature
- FREN 4290 - Honors Work in French
- FREN 4300 - Honors Work in French
- FREN 4690 - Romanticism in French
- FREN 6190 - Poetics of Literary Reading
- FREN 6390 - Special Topics in French Literature
- FREN 6400 - Special Topics in French Literature
- The Refusal of Politics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016)
- The Intellective Space (Minneapolis: The U of Minnesota P, 2015).
- Génération romantique (Paris: Gallimard, 2014).
- Empire of Language (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2013).
- Pures fictions (Paris: Gallimard, 2013).
- L'État critique de la littérature (Paris: Hermann, 2009).
- A force d'amitié (Paris: Hermann, 2009).
- De l’Attrait à la possession. Maupassant, Artaud, Blanchot (Paris: Hermann, 2003).
- "Friends of War" Oxford Literary Review, 2009.
- "What Is Literature's Now?" New Literary History, 2007.
- "Leaving Politics. Bios, Zoe, Life" Diacritics, 2007.
- "The Presences of Deconstruction" New Literary History, 2006.
Edited Journal Issues
- Labyrinthe 32, 2009: Le petit théâtre intellectuel [Co-ed.]
- Labyrinthe 28, 2007: La Fin des disciplines?
- Labyrinthe 25, 2006: La Bande dessinée, Ce qu'elle dit, ce qu'elle montre [Co-ed.]
- Labyrinthe 24, 2006: Faut-il être postcolonial?
- Labyrinthe 19, 2004: Le bel aujourd'hui. Déclins, décadences, apocalypses.
- Labyrinthe 14, 2003: Constructions de la raison.