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Laurent Dubreuil

Professor of French, Francophone & Comparative Literature

Klarman Hall, Room 260
247 Goldwin Smith Hall
ld79@cornell.edu
607-255-3675

Educational Background

  • Agrégation (French & Comparative Literature), 1996
  • Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, 1994-1999

Overview

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 schools, 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 Classics. In his years as a New Directions fellow, he later acquired further competencies in Cognitive Science.

Dubreuil is the author of six scholarly books, among which The Refusal of Politics (2016), The Intellective Space (2015), and The Empire of Language (2013) are available in English, while three other volumes have been released in French: À force d’amitié (2009), L’état critique de la littérature (2009), De l’attrait à la possession (2005). Dr. Dubreuil also authored two “creative” literary essays in French (Gallimard: 2013, 2014). In 2016, Anthony Mangeon edited L’empire de la littérature, an anthology of previously unreleased texts on and by Dubreuil.

The current editor of diacritics, Prof. Dubreuil has worked extensively for journals, collecting essays on topics ranging from comics to primatology, from negative politics to Asia. His research is broadly comparative and makes use of his reading knowledge in some ten languages. Ongoing book projects include: Poetry and Mind, 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); Dialogues on the Human Ape, a inquiry on human and animal minds, co-authored with noted scientist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh; and a study of the extinction of modernity in Charles Baudelaire. 

Departments/Programs

  • Cognitive Science Program
  • Comparative Literature
  • Romance Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Romance Studies

Research

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. Ongoing book projects include: Poetry and Mind , 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); Dialogues on the Human Ape , a inquiry on human and animal minds, co-authored with noted scientist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh; and a study of the extinction of modernity in Charles Baudelaire.

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