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Julie Gaillard

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Contact Information

2101 FLB

Office Hours

Spring 2024: Mondays 10-11 am and by appointment
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century French literature, culture, and thought
  • Aesthetics and visual arts; (inter)mediality
  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • referentiality and politics

Research Description

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

Courses Taught

  • 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

Highlighted Publications

 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. 





Recent Publications

Gaillard, Julie. “Mémoires de filles : stratégies pronominales et politique du témoignage chez Annie Ernaux et Vanessa Springora.“ in ”Politique du genre et engagement,” eds Barbara Havercroft and Pascal Michelucci, Critical Review of French Contemporary Fixxion n°27 (Fall 2023)

Gaillard, Julie. “‘Je te crois’ (I believe you): Pragmatics of a Feminist Slogan, or Silencing and the Scene of Address in Post-#metoo France.” European Journal of Cultural Studies (online first, 2023)

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 PhotographyCoSMo– 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. 


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