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CV Constantinesco


 

Thomas CONSTANTINESCO

 

 

Professor of American Literature

Department of English

Sorbonne Université

1, rue Victor Cousin

75005 Paris

France

thomas.constantinesco@sorbonne-universite.fr 

 

EDUCATION

H.D.R. (Habilitation à diriger des recherches), Université de Paris, 2019.

Ph.D. English, Université Paris Diderot, 2009.

M.A. English, Université Paris Diderot, 2005.

Agrégation, English, 2003 (admitted rank 24/158).

B.A. English, Université Paris Sorbonne, 2002.

Student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2000-2007 (admitted rank 4/25).

  

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Sorbonne Université

Professor, tenured, English Department, 2021-present.

Selected courses taught:

o   Undergraduate Courses: American Fiction: Literature and History (Twain).

o   Graduate Seminars: Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Health and the Body (Writing Pain: Emerson, Melville, Douglass, Jacobs, Dickinson, James, Phelps; Literature and Contagion: Brockden Brown, Hawthorne, Alcott, Spofford, London, Lovecraft); Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs; Translation.

 

Université Paris Diderot

Associate Professor, tenured, English Department, 2010-2021

Teaching Assistant, English Department, 2007-2010.

Selected courses taught:

o   Undergraduate Courses: History of American Literature, 1620-1989 (Survey Course); Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Classics (Hawthorne, Twain, Faulkner, Cather, O’Connor, Salinger, Wideman); American Tales and Short Stories (Irving, Hawthorne, James, Faulkner); Introduction to Literary Translation

o   Graduate Seminars: English and American Romanticism (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville); Romanticism, Revolution, Terror (Crèvecoeur, Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne); Why Read Nineteenth-Century American Literature Today? (Dickinson, Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Twain, Henry and Alice James); The Poetics of Literary Translation; Translating Non-Fiction; History of Translation Theory.

 

University of Oxford

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, English Faculty, 2019-2021.

Courses taught: graduate seminar, “Bodies in Pain and Suffering Minds in Nineteenth-Century American Literature” (2019-2020).

 

Keble College and Magdalen College, 2003-2005.

Teaching Assistant, French.

Courses taught: Translation, Conversation, Academic Writing, Reading the French press.

 

Yale University, French Department, 2001-2002.

Teaching Assistant.

Courses taught: Language, Conversation, French contemporary Literature and Culture.

  

FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, English Faculty, University of Oxford, 2019-2021. €195,000.

Research Project Title: “USPAIN: Suffering America: Writing Pain in Nineteenth-Century United States Literature”: https://uspain.hypotheses.org/.  

 

Visiting Fellow, Oriel College, University of Oxford, January-July 2017 and October 2019-October 2020.

 

Junior Fellow, Institut Universitaire de France, 2014-2019. €75,000.

Research project title: “Thinking as Writing: American Literature and Philosophy, 1830-1916.”

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

            Monographs

 

Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States, under contract with Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2022 in the Oxford Series in American Literary History.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson: l’Amérique à l’essai. Éditions Rue d’Ulm (2012).

 

Nominated for the AFEA/SAES Best Book Award (Prix de la recherche) for 2012. Reviewed in Emerson Society Papers; Études anglaises; RFEA; Transatlantica.

 

 

            Edited Collections

 

Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man : His Masquerade. Les fictions de la confiance / Fictions of confidence, ed. with Agnès Derail and Anne-Claire Le Reste. Paris: Presses universitaires de Nanterre, 2020.

 

Romanticism and Philosophy: Thinking with Literature, ed. with Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. New York: Routledge, 2015.

 

            Reviewed in Romantic Circles; The Byron Journal; BAARS Review.

 

Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition, ed. with Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. Nancy: Presses universitaires de Nancy, 201..

 

Littérature et politique en Nouvelle-Angleterre, ed. with Antoine Traisnel. Paris: Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2011.

  

            Journal Issues

 

Guest editor, with Sari Altschuler, “Pain,” special issue of American Literature 93, no. 4, forthcoming in 2024.

 

Guest Editor, with Peter Lurie, “What Does Literature Feel Like?,” special issue oef Transatlantica, forthcoming in 2023.

 

Guest editor, with Cécile Roudeau, “Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Philosophical,”  special issue of Textual Practice 33, no. 10 (2019).

 

Guest editor, with François Specq, “Relire le transcendantalisme / Whither Transcendentalism?,” special issue of the Revue française d’études américaines 140 (2014).

  

            Journal Essays (Peer-Reviewed)

 

“American Literary Criticism in a Time of Pandemic,” Forum “The Functions of American Literary Criticism at the Present Time,” ed. Russ Castronovo and Gordon Hutner, American Literary History 34, no. 1 (2022), forthcoming.

 

“‘I must calculate over again’: Measures of Pain in Melville,” special issue “Melville’s Measures,” ed. Ronan Ludot-Vlasak, Édouard Marsoin and Cécile Roudeau, Textual Practice, forthcoming in 2021.

 

“The Matter with Milly Theale: The Logics of Consumption,” The Wings of the Dove: de l’œuvre au texte, Christian Gutleben (eed.), Cycnos 36, no. 1 (2020).

 

“Henry James across Borders,” Henry James Traveller. Parables of Perception, Richard Anker, Marie-Odile Salati, Sheila Teehan (eds.), special issue of Viatica (2020): http://revues-msh.uca.fr/viatica/index.php?id=1172.

 

“The Dial and the Untimely ‘Spirit of the Time,’” American Periodicals 28, no. 1 (April 2018): 21-40.

 

“Living for the Dead in Henry James’s ‘Maud-Evelyn,’” Caliban: A French Journal of English Studies 56 (2016): 41-54.

 

“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: https://transatlantica.revues.org/7687

 

“Limning New Regions of Thought: Emerson’s Abstract Regionalism,” co-authored with Cécile Roudeau. ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 60, no. 2 (2014): 287-328.

 

“Emerson et William James, ou les vertus de la croyance,” special issue of the RFEA, Transferts du religieux, ed. Richard Anker and Nathalie Caron 141 (September 2014): 56-68.

 

“Edgar Allan Poe et les meubles de la philosophie,” Transatlantica, 2013, no. 2: http://transatlantica.revues.org/6370

 

“Mimésis et Politique dans Representative Men de R. W. Emerson,” RFEA 135 (March 2013): 12-26.

 

“Emerson, ou le génie de l’imitation,” Sillages critiques 14 (2012):

http://sillagescritiques.revues.org/2809  

 

“Emerson, l’esclavage et l’Amérique fugitive,” RFEA 127 (March 2011): 3-19.

 

“Mascarades en terrain neutre : romance et révolution dans The Spy de James Fenimore Cooper,” RFEA 118 (December 2008): 30-48.

 

“Discordant Correspondence in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ‘Friendship’”. The New England Quarterly 81, no. 2 (June 2008): 218-251.

 

“Portraits à la lettre : la correspondance d’Emerson et de Carlyle,” RFEA 112 (June 2007): 16-31.

  

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

 

“Reading Bodies and Textual Materialities,” Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body, ed. Travis Foster, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2021.

 

“Romanticism and European Philosophy, or ‘Idealism as It Appears in 1842,’” Handbook of American Romanticism, Philipp Löffler, Clemens Spahr, and Jan Stievermann (ed.), De Gruyter, 2021, 119-139.

 

“The Circulation of Things in ‘Maud-Evelyn,’” Henry James in the Twenty-First Century: Heritage and Transmission, Adrian Harding and Dennis Tredy (ed.), Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019, 307-316.

 

“The Ghost of Literature: The Return of the Text in American Literary Studies,” Mapping Fields of Study: The Cultural and Institutional Space of English Studies, Richard Somerset and Matthew Smith (ed.), Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2019, 287-310.

 

“Lessons of Duplicity in ‘The Lesson of the Master’,” Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity in ed. Annick Duperray, Adrian Harding and Dennis Tredy, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 39-48.

 

“Fictions de l’expérience dans ‘Experience’ de R. W. Emerson,” L’expérience, ed. Olivier Brossard, Françoise Bort and Wendy Ribeyrol, Michel Houdiard, 2012, 93-113.

 

“Emerson et la communauté de la peur,” De la peur en Amérique : l’écriture au défi du frisson, ed. Sylvie Bauer, Cécile Roudeau and Marie-Odile Salati, Presses universitaires de Savoie, 2010, 41-54.

 

“’Persons themselves acquaint us with the impersonal’: Emerson’s Conversion to the Impersonal,” », L’impersonnel en littérature : explorations critiques et théoriques, ed. Hélène Aji, Brigitte Félix, Hélène Lecossois and Anthony Larson, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2009, 247-262.

 

“Emerson, ou les relations de la pensée,” La Relation, ed. Vincent Broqua, Elisabeth Vialle and Tatiana Weets, Michel Houdiard, 2008, 13-26.

 

 

In Preparation

 

American Ruins: Urban Destruction and the Civil War,” special issue “War Ruins,” ed. Nathalie Cochoy, Transtlantica, under review.

 

“The Scene of Reading in The American Scene,” in preparation.

 

“Emerson and the Matter of Bodies,” The New Ralph Waldo Emerson Studies, ed. Michael Jonik, under discussion with Cambridge University Press.

 

            Translations

 

American Literature

 

Puritains d’Amérique: prestige et déclin d’une théocratie. Textes choisis, 1620-1750, trans. and ed. Agnès Derail-Imbert and Bruno Monfort, with Laurent Folliot, Thomas Constantinesco, and Cécile Roudeau, Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2016. Anthology of texts from the Colonial era (1620-1750) in translation, with introductions, biographical sketches and notes.

 

Mark Twain, Les Aventures de Tom Sawyer, Œuvres, ed. Philippe Jaworski Gallimard, “Bibliothèque de la Pléiade,” 2015. Translation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, with introduction and notes.

 

Henry James, Écrits sur la peinture, ed. and trans. Thomas Constantinesco, with Marion Beaujard, Hélène Blassel and Camille Joseph, Fage, 2014. Translation of 15 essays on art and painting.

 

Washington Irving, Les Déterreurs de trésors, trans. and ed. with Bruno Monfort, Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2014. Translation and edition of “The Money-Diggers.”

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson, L’Amitié, Aux forges de Vulcain, 2010. Translation of “Friendship” (1841), with an introduction.

 

Herman Melville, Derniers poèmes, ed. Agnès Derail-Imbert and Bruno Monfort, with Thomas Constantinesco, Marc Midan and Cécile Roudeau Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2010. Translation and edition of “Minor Sea-Pieces” (John Marr and Other Sailors) and “Fruit of Travel Long Ago” (Timoleon).

 

Literary Criticism

 

Richard Scholar, Montaigne libre penseur, Paris, Hermann, 2015. Translation of Montaigne and the Art of Free-Thinking, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2010.

 

Richard Scholar, Le Je-ne-sais-quoi : enquête sur une énigme, Paris, puf, « Les Littéraires », 2010. Translation of The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005.

 

History

 

Kevin Moore, Jacques Henri Lartigue, l’invention d’un artiste, Paris, Textuel, « L’écriture photographique », 2012. Translation of Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Invention of an Artist, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2004.

 

Reviews

 

“Joseph Urbas, Emerson’s Philosophy,” Transatlantica, in preparation.

 

“Antoine Traisnel, Capture : American Pursuits and the Making of the New Animal Condition,” Études anglaises, in preparation.

 

“Michael D. Snediker, Contingent Figure: Chronic Pain and Queer Embodiment,” ALH Online Series, forthcoming.

 

“Delphine Rumeau, Fortunes de Walt Whitman : Enjeux d’une réception transatlantique,” IdeAs 16 (September 2020), https://journals.openedition.org/ideas/9911

 

“Marianne Noble, Rethinking Sympathy and Human Contact in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Hawthorne, Douglass, Stowe, Dickinson,” Transatlantica, 2018, no. 2, https://journals.openedition.org/transatlantica/13261.

 

“Joseph Urbas, Emerson’s Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes,” Emerson Society Papers 28.1 (Spring 2018): 9.

 

“Frédéric Dumas, Mark Twain: tourisme et vanité,” Études anglaises 69.4 (2016): 496-497.

 

“Henry James, The Europeans, ed. Susan M. Griffin,” Études anglaises 69.2 (2016): 237-240.

 

“Samantha C. Harvey, Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature,” Transatlantica, 2015, no. 2, https://transatlantica.revues.org/7962.

 

“Jed Deppman, Marianne Noble, and Gary Lee Stonum, eds., Emily Dickinson and Philosophy,” Transatlantica, 2014, no. 2: http://transatlantica.revues.org/7226.

 

“Rivett, Sarah, The Science of the Soul in Colonial New England,” Transatlantica 2013, no. 2: http://transatlantica.revues.org/6589.

 


Journal articles15 documents

  • Thomas Constantinesco. “What Help from Thought?” : American Literary Criticism in a Time of Pandemic. American Literary History, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy F, 2022, 34 (1), pp.67-76. ⟨10.1093/alh/ajab099⟩. ⟨halshs-03614099⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Columbia / New York: The Ruins of the Civil War. Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, Association Française d’Études Américaines, 2022, ⟨10.4000/transatlantica.18819⟩. ⟨hal-03712774⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. “I must calculate over again”: Measures of Pain in Melville. Textual Practice, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2021, ⟨10.1080/0950236X.2021.1941525⟩. ⟨hal-03255500⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. The Matter with Milly Theale: The Logics of Consumption. Cycnos, Lirces - université Côte d'Azur, 2020, 36 (1). ⟨hal-03255487⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Henry James across Borders. Viatica, Université Clermont Auvergne, 2020, HS 3. ⟨hal-02931117⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Cécile Roudeau. The house of thought’: nineteenth-century American literature and the philosophical. Textual Practice, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2019, 33 (10), pp.1649-1656. ⟨10.1080/0950236X.2019.1665911⟩. ⟨hal-02931109⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. The Dial and the Untimely “Spirit of the Time”. American Periodicals, Ohio State University Press, 2018, 28 (1), pp.21-40. ⟨hal-02931098⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Living for the Dead in Henry James's "Maud-Evelyn". Anglophonia, French Journal of English Studies, Presse universitaires du Mirail, 2016, 56, pp.41-54. ⟨hal-01650002⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Agnès Derail. L’autobiographie ou l’art de la vie dans A Small Boy and Others de Henry James . Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, Association Française d’Études Américaines, 2015. ⟨hal-01378886⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Emerson et William James, ou les vertus de la croyance . Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, Paris : Association Française d'études américaines, 2014, Transferts du religieux, 141, pp.56-68. ⟨10.3917/rfea.141.0056⟩. ⟨hal-01378890⟩
  • Cécile Roudeau, Thomas Constantinesco. Limning New Regions of Thought: Emerson’s Abstract Regionalism . ESQ: a journal of the American Renaissance, Washington State University Press, 2014, 60 (2), pp.285-326. ⟨10.1353/esq.2014.0008⟩. ⟨hal-01513340⟩
  • Constantinesco Thomas, Specq François. « Transcendentalism Revisited », in Relire le transcendantalisme / Whither Transcendentalism ?, dir. Thomas Constantinesco et François Specq. Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, Paris : Association Française d'études américaines, 2014. ⟨halshs-01997755⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Mimésis et Politique dans Representative Men de R. W. Emerson . Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, Paris : Association Française d'études américaines, 2013, 135, pp.12-26. ⟨10.3917/rfea.135.0012⟩. ⟨hal-01378891⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Edgar Allan Poe et les meubles de la philosophie. Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, Association Française d’Études Américaines, 2013. ⟨hal-01378887⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Ralph Waldo Emerson, ou le génie de l’imitation. Sillages Critiques, Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2012, L'imitation, 14. ⟨hal-01378888⟩

Books4 documents

  • Thomas Constantinesco. Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States. Oxford University Press, 2022, Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States, 9780192855596. ⟨halshs-03614110⟩
  • Cécile Roudeau, Derail Agnès, Thomas Constantinesco, Bruno Monfort, Folliot Laurent. Puritains d'Amérique Prestige et déclin d'une théocratie - Textes choisis 1620-1750. Presses de l'Ecole normale supérieure. 2016, collection "Versions françaises", 978-2-7288-0558-7. ⟨hal-01513277⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Ralph Waldo Emerson. L'Amérique à l'essai. Editions Rue d'Ulm, 2012, Offshore, Pierre-Yves Pétillon; Agnès Derail-Imbert, 978-2-7288-0473-3. ⟨hal-01378441⟩
  • Cécile Roudeau, Thomas Constantinesco, Bruno Monfort, Derail Agnès, Marc Midan. Melville. Derniers Poèmes.. Presses de l'ENS, 2010, collection "Versions françaises", 978-2-7288-0432-0. ⟨hal-01513295⟩

Book sections6 documents

  • Thomas Constantinesco. Reading Bodies and Textual Materialities. Travis Foster. The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body, 2022, 9781108815291. ⟨hal-03712804⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Romanticism and European Philosophy, or “Idealism As It Appears in 1842”. Philipp Löffler; Clemens Spahr; Jan Stievermann. Handbook of American Romanticism, De Gruyter, 2021, 978-3-11-059075-3. ⟨hal-02931153⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. The Ghost of Literature: The Return of the Text in American Literary Studies. Richard Somerset; Matthew SMith. Mapping Fields of Study: The Cultural and Institutional Space of English Studies, Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2019. ⟨hal-02931155⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. Foreword : Romanticism across Borders. Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2015, 978-2-8143-0231-0. ⟨hal-01349784⟩
  • Sophie Laniel-Musitelli, Thomas Constantinesco. Introduction - Thinking with Literature. Sophie Laniel-Musitelli; Thomas Constantinesco. Romanticism and Philosophy : Thinking with Literature, Routledge, pp. 1-15, 2015, 978-1-138-80550-7. ⟨hal-01349494⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Lessons of Duplicity in " The Lesson of the Master ". Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray and Adrian Harding. Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.39-48, 2013, 978-144384417. ⟨hal-01378889⟩

Directions of work or proceedings7 documents

  • Thomas Constantinesco, Derail-Imbert Agnès, Anne-Claire Le Reste. Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man : His Masquerade. Les fictions de la confiance / Fictions of confidence. 2020, 978-2-84016-358-9. ⟨hal-02931100⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Cécile Roudeau. Ninetenth-Century American Literature and the Philosophical. Textual Practice, 33 (10), Taylor and Francis, 2019. ⟨hal-02931157⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition. France. Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2015, Regards croisés sur le monde anglophone, 9782814302310. ⟨hal-01378474⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. Romanticism and Philosophy: Thinking with Literature. France. Routledge, 2015, Routledge Studies in Romanticism, 9781138805507. ⟨hal-01378462⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, François Specq. Relire le Transcendentalisme / Whither Transcendentalism?. France. 140, Belin, 2014, Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 9782701191409 ⟨10.3917/rfea.140.0003⟩. ⟨hal-01378480⟩
  • Constantinesco Thomas, François Specq (dir.). Relire le transcendantalisme / Whither Transcendentalism ? Revue Française d’Études Américaines n° 140. 128p. 2014. ⟨halshs-01997502⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Traisnel Antoine. Littérature et politique en Nouvelle-Angleterre. France. 7, Editions Rue d'Ulm, 2011, Actes de la recherche à l'ENS, 978-2-7288-3952-0. ⟨hal-01378454⟩

Other publications5 documents

  • Thomas Constantinesco, Agnès Derail, Bruno Monfort, Cécile Roudeau, Folliot Laurent. Puritains d’Amérique : prestige et déclin d’une théocratie. Textes choisis, 1620-1750. 2016. ⟨hal-01419070⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Philippe Jaworski. Mark Twain, Les Aventures de Tom Sawyer, traduction, notice et notes, in Œuvres, Philippe Jaworski (dir.), Paris, Gallimard, « Bibliothèque de la Pléiade », 2015. 2015. ⟨hal-01419068⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Bruno Monfort. Washington Irving, Les Déterreurs de trésors. 2014. ⟨hal-01419062⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco. Henry James, Écrits sur la peinture. 2014. ⟨hal-01419064⟩
  • Thomas Constantinesco, Agnès Derail, Bruno Monfort, Cécile Roudeau, Marc Midan. Herman Melville, Derniers poèmes. 2010. ⟨hal-01419061⟩