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Anne-Gaelle Saliot, Associate Professor

Anne-Gaelle Saliot

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Core Faculty of the Arts of the Moving Image program. A French native, she was first educated in France at the Lycée Henri IV (Paris) and the Sorbonne, before receiving her DPhil. from Oxford University in the U.K. She then went on to lead an academic career in French Studies in the U.S. She previously taught at the University of York (UK) and the Johns Hopkins University before coming to Duke.

Professor Saliot’s research explores translations and migrations of cultural objects across epochs, and across geographical and linguistic frontiers. Her central concern is the need to investigate the relations between the nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernities and their common cultural imaginary. Her work encompasses literature, theories of the visual, film studies, and dance. She is the author of  a book on the famous “Inconnue de la Seine” (The Drowned Muse, Oxford University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of the Cahiers de la NRF dedicated to Philippe Forest. Her second book, Against the Grain. Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut, and the Nineteenth Century argues that the nineteenth century serves as a sort of political unconscious discernible in most of the central tenets of French New Wave and in the ceaseless productivity of its associated filmmakers. Her most recent research focuses on the perception and reception of Japan in French theory, literature, cinema, and dance from 1945 to present, and on the emergence of “néo-japonismes.” She has publications on Maurice Blanchot (Cahiers de l’Herne), Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais, Maurice Pialat, Philippe Forest, Dany Laferrière, and contemporary dance.

Her courses cover theories of the image (Benjamin, Warburg, Rancière, Deleuze), nineteenth-  and twentieth-century literature and visual arts, French New Wave, contemporary French cinema and literature, realisms, relations between dance and literature, and transdisciplinary Franco-Asian dialogue. She has been very involved in graduate teaching and mentoring both within and outside of Romance studies, and is advising students on a wide range of projects.

She is currently serving on the Committee on Information Technology of the Modern Language Association (2018-21), and is the 2019-20 Faculty in Residence for the Duke in France Program (EDUCO). She regularly teaches for the Duke in Paris summer program.

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).

Contact Info:
Office Location:  219A Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3115
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Perkins 070, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as LIT 428S.01)
    Perkins 070, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
Office Hours:

Mondays 09:30-12:30am

Ph.D.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)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)
Curriculum Vitae  Bio
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Lauren Du Graff  
  • Eliza Dandridge  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Saliot, AG, Politics and ontology of the image: Godard's debt to blanchot, Substance, vol. 50 no. 2 (January, 2021), pp. 61-78 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Saliot, A-G, La bibliothèque des cinéastes de la Nouvelle Vague: une forme cinématographique de l’histoire entre mausolée et utopie, in Bibliothèques d’écrivains Lecture et création, histoire et transmission, edited by Mayaux, C; Belin, O; Verdure-Mary, A (July, 2019), pp. 381-398, Rosenberg & Sellier, ISBN 8878856797  [abs]
  3. 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]
  4. Saliot, AG, Jean-Luc Godard et Maurice Pialat lisant Musset : rêves et restes d’une théâtralité romantique, Studies in French Cinema (January, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  5. Saliot, A-G, La Beauté du ‘contre-geste’, ou détours par le Japon dans la danse française, in Réceptions de la culture japonaise en France depuis 1945 Paris, Tokyo, Paris : détours par le Japon, edited by Kuwada, K; Arribert-Narce, F; OMeara, L (April, 2016), pp. 166-176, Honoré Champion, Paris, ISBN 274533039X  [abs]

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