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Anne-Gaelle Saliot, Associate Professor

Anne-Gaelle Saliot

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot's research occupies the boundary between aesthetics and literature. Her work first focused on the relations between texts and images in Surrealist works. Her thesis examined the cultural meanings invested in a death mask of a young woman, thought to have drowned herself in the Seine at the close of the nineteenth century, known as the ‘Inconnue de la Seine’. This mask has fired the imagination of artists for over a hundred years. Such luminaries as Rilke, Nabokov, Aragon, Man Ray, Blanchot, Varda and Resnais expressed their fascination with the Inconnue in prose, poetry, photography and film. Her monograph – The Drowned Muse: The Unknown Woman of the Seine’s Survivals from Nineteenth-Century Modernity to the Present – is to be published in 2014 at Oxford University Press for the Modern Languages Monograph Series. She has strong interest in philosophical approaches to images, particularly in Benjamin, Blanchot, Deleuze and Rancière. She thus has a publication on Maurice Blanchot for Les Cahiers de l'Herne. Her newest research deals with French cinema and theories of cinema. In her current book project she explores the ways in which nineteenth-century literature and aesthetics surface in the New Wave cinema. She has publications on Truffaut, Godard and Rivette. She has given various papers on the cinematic avant-gardes, more recently on Jean-Luc Godard. In addition to this project, she is presently developing a research interest in the relation between dance and literature. She has published on the reception of Japanese culture and performing arts in French modern and contemporary dance.

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot spent her undergraduate years in Paris at the Lycée Henri IV. She then left the Quartier Latin and crossed the Channel to study Comparative Literature at Oxford University. She was awarded her DPhil from Oxford in 2007. Before coming to Duke, she has taught 20th century French and Francophone literature and comparative literature (and translation) in various places in Europe and the United States (Johns Hopkins University, York University (GB), Oxford University, Nanterre, Versailles).

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Office Location:  219A Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
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Ph.D.University of Oxford (UK)2008
DPhilOxford University2007
MaîtriseLa Sorbonne2002
Mst in European LiteratureOxford University2001

Modern and Contemporary
European Studies
Modernity and Modernism
Film, Media and Visual Studies
Critical Theory, Philosophy
Globalization, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity
Research Interests: French twentieth-century literature and Cinema

Current projects: The French New Wave and the Nineteenth Century: Godard, Truffaut, Rivette, Rohmer and Modernity., Philippe Forest: Autobiography, Testimony, and the Image.

Areas of Interest:

Twentieth-century and twenty-first-century French literature
Surrealism and its legacies
Philosophies of the Image (Benjamin, Blanchot, Deleuze, Rancière)
French cinema (the French New Wave) and French Film theory
Realism in contemporary literature and cinema
Relations between literature and dance
Japan in contemporary French literature


President 15-16, Educo (Cornell, Duke, Emory & Tulane in Paris) On-Campus Director, Duke-in-France Program Humanities Writ Large, Steering Committee Member Graduate Committee (Romance) (Fall 2014)
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  1. Saliot, AG, La mort de l’enfant, ou la vérité de la littérature : Sarinagara de Philippe Forest, French Cultural Studies, vol. 30 no. 1 (February, 2019), pp. 53-64 [doi]  [abs]
  2. A.G. Saliot, The Drowned Muse. Casting the Unknown Woman Across the Tides of Modernity, Monograph Series (September, 2015), Oxford University Press, Oxford, GB, ISBN 978-0-19-870862-9 [do]
  3. A.G. Saliot, La beauté du « contre-geste », ou détours par le Japon dans la danse française., in Paris-Tokyo-Paris. Réceptions de la culture japonaise en France depuis 1945, edited by Arribert-Narce Fabien, Kuwada Kohei, O'Meara Lucy (2015), pp. 166-176, Honoré Champion, Paris
  4. Saliot, AG, The Drowned Muse: Casting The Unknown Woman of the Seine Across The Tides of Modernity (2015), pp. 1-373, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198708629 [do]  [abs]
  5. Saliot, AG, Truffaut, Rivette and woman's portrait: Traces, fragments and remnants of the nineteenth century, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, vol. 18 no. 4 (August, 2014), pp. 395-406, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs]

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