Mathieu Perrot

Mathieu Perrot

Mathieu Perrot (Paris Sorbonne University, BA in Literature 2003 and Linguistics 2009; MA in Comparative Literature 2006; Université Paris Nanterre, PhD in Comparative Literature 2017) is a lecturer in the Department of French at Columbia University since Fall 2017. His research focuses on 20th Century US and French literature, especially surrealist poetry and the Beat Generation. His PhD thesis explores the influence of ethnography on 20th Century poetry and in particular the anthropological ambitions of Henri Michaux’s, Aimé Césaire’s and Allen Ginsberg’s poetics. He published more than ten articles on various topics such as cultural misunderstandings, travels and magic, drugs and hallucinations, and the concept of softness in poetry. He also received several awards for his poems in French. He taught all levels of French for four years at the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia). He also designed his own courses for comparative literature classes in Nanterre (France): « Identité(s) remarquable(s) » (a study of Romain Gary’s La Vie devant soi and Alessandro Barrico’s Novencento : pianiste), « Le mythe d’Orphée » (from Ovid to Cocteau), and for French culture and civilization classes at the University of Virginia: « Liberté(s), Égalité(s), Fraternité(s) » and « Révoltes & Révolutions ». In his classroom, he uses visual supports, including video clips, cartoons, or paintings, as well as literary texts. Creative writing and debates are particularly encouraged in his classes. He co-organized several events at the University of Virginia, such as the 2017 UVA French Film Festival and Prof. William Marx’s conference on Science and Literature after William Marx’s essay, La Haine de la littérature (2015). Mathieu Perrot also created a French poetry workshop at the University of Virginia, which was named “L’heure bleue,” and is now offering to continue it at Columbia University.