Assistant Professor of French

Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Université de Montréal

Vincent Gélinas-Lemaire specializes in French literature from 1945 to the present, with a particular focus on the representation of space in narratives. After studies in architecture, he has obtained an M.A. in French literature from the Université de Montréal, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. His first monograph, Le Récit architecte : cinq aspects de l’espace, was published by Classiques Garnier, Paris, in 2019. It offers new tools to describe and contrast the creation of fictional environments, large and small, through the particular means of storytelling.

Dr. Gélinas-Lemaire has also published numerous articles and book chapters dedicated to Québécois and Franco-Canadian authors, from the Révolution tranquille to the present. His current book project explores the resurgence of a poetics of ruins in contemporary novels. It aims to map the literary and cultural roots of the motif, in both the past and present, and to expand its scope to account for all forms of contagion between ruined spaces and bodies, morals, history.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • French Literature (1945 to the present)
  • Quebec and French-Canadian Literature and Culture
  • Comparative Literature
  • Spatial Poetics
  • Poetics of Ruins and the Apocalypse
  • Visual Culture

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

Le Récit architecte : cinq aspects de l’espace, Classiques Garnier, coll. “Théorie de la littérature,” Paris, France, 226 pages. 2019.

Études françaises n°56.1 (editor) : “Le monde en ruines : espaces brisés de la littérature contemporaine,” Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 132 pages. 2020.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Les ruines qui se font : Témoigner de la catastrophe dans Carnets de Homs de Littell,” in Mecke and Donnarieix (ed.), La délocalisation du roman français, Peter Lang, Bern. 2020.

“As the World Falls Apart: Living Through the Apocalypse in Le Poids de la neige and Oscar de Profundis,” in Moraru, Simek and Westphal (ed.), Francophone Literatures as World Literature, Bloomsbury, New York, p. 226-250. 2020.

“Introduction critique” and “Tout dissoudre : la poétique de la ruine dans Charøgnards de Stéphane Vanderhaeghe,” in Études françaises n°56.1, op. cit., p. 5-13 and p. 77-90. 2020.

“The Narrative Lives of Places: Literature as an Architecture,” in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies : SITES n°22.4, U. of Connecticut, p. 454-462. 2018.

“Note bibliographique sur les prolongements du Roman à thèse,” in Suleiman, Susan R., Le Roman à thèse ou l’autorité fictive, 2nd ed., Classiques Garnier, Paris, p. 263-266. 2018.

“Poétiques du local et du global : Marie-Claire Blais, Hubert Aquin et Réjean Ducharme juxtaposés,” in Verstraete-H., Lisbeth (ed.), Écrire le monde en langue française, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, p. 147-160. 2017.

Va savoir de Réjean Ducharme : une poétique de l’espace,” in Interférences littéraires/Literaire Interferenties n°13, Université Catholique de Louvain, p. 39-50. 2014.