- 20th and 21st century French literature, culture, and thought
- Aesthetics and visual arts; (inter)mediality
- Fiction and non-fiction
- referentiality and politics
Drawing on literature and literary theory, visual and media culture, critical theory as well as psychoanalytic theory, my research focuses on referentiality as an entry point to engage with issues of fiction and (post)truth, affect and representation, as well as identity and community formation.
My book Réalités pseudonymes (Brill Rodopi, 2020) focuses on proper names in French literature and arts in order to show how media (“new,” “old,” and “mixed”) articulate reality, as societies shift from analog to digital modes of mediation. I analyze a variety of works by authors and artists who bring to the fore proper names and introduce disturbances in their referential mechanisms, in order to show how "reality" is constituted and how it can be faked, transformed or suspended.
I am currently working on my second book, provisionally titled 'Who, We?': Pronominal Politics, Citizenship, and the Rights of the Other in Hashtag Era France, which engages with issues of identity and community formation in contemporary culture, philosophy, and literature, through the lens of a pronominal politics.
I studied literature and philosophy in Strasbourg, Berlin, and Paris, before pursuing a Ph.D. in French with a certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies at Emory University
- FR 212 Introduction to Cultural Analysis: French Identities
- FR 322 Movements and Perspectives "Feminist Subjects"
- FR 324 Literature and the Other Arts "Images of Reality, Reality of Images"
- FR 579 Seminar in French Literature " 'Literature Is Useless' "
Additional Campus Affiliations
- European Union Center
- Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
- Program in Comparative and World Literature
- Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Réalités pseudonymes. Leiden, Boston, Brill Rodopi, series “Chiasma” vol. 45, 2020.
Traversals of Affect: On Jean-François Lyotard (with Claire Nouvet and Mark Stoholski). London, Bloomsbury, 2016.
Gaillard, Julie. “Returning Home (?), or Dwelling in The Pixel Age: On Invader’s Intermedial Space Invasion.” in André Habib, Suzanne Paquet, Carl Therrien (eds), Returning (Nostalgia), Intermédialités/Intermediality n°39 (Spring 2022)
Gaillard, Julie. "In Search of ‘the Aleph of the Other’: Photographic Archive and Narrative Structuring in the Biographic Prose Édouard Levé." in Luigi Marfè (ed.), Borders of the Visible - II: Intersections between Literature and Photography, CoSMo– Comparative Studies in Modernism 14 (Spring 2019): 67-76.
Gaillard, Julie. "Recherche I" and "Recherche II: Anamnesis." in Holzhey, Christoph F E, Wedemeyer, Arnd (ed.). Re-: An Errant Glossary. Cultural Inquiry. Berlin: ICI Berlin. 2019, 1-10 and 11-23.
Gaillard, Julie. "Esse? percipi? Referentiality and Subjectivity in Footfalls." Journal of Beckett Studies. 2018, 27(1): 40-53.