Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Cultures Anglophones, UMR 8225


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Thomas Constantinesco

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Title: Associate Professor



Research Themes:

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Literature and History
  • Medical Humanities

Current Projects:

I am at work on a book-length project, tentatively titled “The House of Pain”: Suffering, Writing, Thinking in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, that looks at the literary experience of pain and suffering from Emerson to Henry and Alice James. I am also co-editing two collections of essays on American literature and the philosophical.

Education and Academic Positions:

A former student of the École normale supérieure, I hold an agrégation in English and I was appointed as Associate Professor at Université Paris Diderot in 2010 where I teach American Literature and Literary Translation. Before joining Paris Diderot, I also taught at Yale University and Keble College and Magdalen College, Oxford. Since 2014, I have been a junior research fellow at the Institut universitaire de France.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Elected Member of the English Department Scientific Council at Paris Diderot. 2012-present.
  • Deputy Member of the French Academic Council for English Studies (Conseil National des Universités 11è section). 2015-2019.
  • Deputy Member of scientific council for the Institut Humanités et Sciences de Paris (IHSP). 2016-present.
  • Elected Advisory Board Member of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society. 2016-2019.
  • Member of the Editorial Board for Transatlantica. 2011-present.
  • Manuscript reviewer for Textual Practice, Transatlantica: American Studies Journal, Revue française d’études américaines, and Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World.

Research Supervision:

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Literary Translation

Selected Publications:

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: l’Amérique à l’essai. Éditions Rue d’Ulm (2012).
  • Romanticism and Philosophy: Thinking with Literature, ed. with Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. Routledge (2015).
  • “Limning New Regions of Thought: Emerson’s Abstract Regionalism,” co-authored with Cécile Roudeau. ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, vol. 60, n°2 (2014), p. 287-328.
  • “L’autobiographie ou l’art de la vie dans A Small Boy and Others de Henry James,“ co-authored with Agnès Derail-Imbert, Transatlantica 2015.2.
  • “Living for the Dead in Henry James’s ‘Maud-Evelyn,’” Caliban: A French Journal of English Studies, n°56 (2016), 41-54.

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