Sébastien Côté, Carleton University

Assistant Professor French Ottawa, Ontario sebastien_cote@carleton.ca Office: (613) 520-2600 ext. 2174

Bio/Research

Before joining the Department of French at Carleton University in 2006, I studied French literature and German at Université Laval and Universtät des Saarlandes (Saarbrücken, Germany), completing a M.A. thesis on the French interwar: Quand l'authenticité devient politique: Gilles de Pierre Drieu ...

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Bio/Research

Before joining the Department of French at Carleton University in 2006, I studied French literature and German at Université Laval and Universtät des Saarlandes (Saarbrücken, Germany), completing a M.A. thesis on the French interwar: Quand l'authenticité devient politique: Gilles de Pierre Drieu la Rochelle ou l'esthétique de l'ambiguïté. Some years later, I defended a dissertation in Comparative Literature (Université de Montréal) entitled Discours ethnologique et dissidence chez Carl Einstein et Michel Leiris: autour de la revue DOCUMENTS. In 2002, while a Ph.D. candidate at Université de Montréal, I co-founded Post-Scriptum.ORG, a journal of interdisciplinary research in texts and media. Since my arrival at Carleton, I have been pursuing research on Michel Leiris and the ethnographic discourse in 20th century French literature, as well as on the written heritage of New France, or what I call le patrimoine lettré de la Nouvelle-France.

Research Interests

Literary history of New France (histoire littéraire de la Nouvelle-France)

Travel writing (16th-20th century) and the question of the “noble savage”

Representations of otherness and ethnographical writing;

20th-century French literature and culture (1900-1950): Breton, Giono, Gide, Sartre, Camus, Bataille, Leiris, Drieu la Rochelle;

Intellectual history (literature, political engagement, and the avant-garde);



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