Dr Christophe Barnabé

Stipendiary Lecturer in French, Somerville College

 

Academic background

 

After studying cognitive psychology at the University of Barcelona and psychoanalysis at the Paris Diderot University, Christophe Barnabé earned a BSc in Psychology (2013). He also completed a BA in French Literature (2013) at the Sorbonne, where he later obtained his MA in French and Comparative Literature (2015). He then became an associate researcher at the University of Bern, where he taught and completed a PhD in French and Comparative Literature (2020) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is currently a Stipendiary Lecturer in French at Somerville College.

 

Research interests

 

Christophe Barnabé’s research broadly includes 20th and 21st century French literature, especially poetry, as well as modern poetry in Spanish and English written on both sides of the Atlantic. He is particularly interested in the study of literary discourse as a means to dismantle traditional dichotomies opposing art and knowledge, magic and science, or rational and irrational modes of thinking.

 

His doctoral research was mainly concerned with the notion of healing. His thesis, entitled ‘Survivance du charme. Le poème et l’idée de guérison’ (2020), studies four European poets (Philippe Jaccottet, Antonio Gamoneda, Ted Hughes and Paul Celan) whose work spans the second half of the 20th century. It aims to understand how and why these poets, each in their own way, all seem to call on poetry’s ancient healing roots, precisely at a time when medical science has reached an unprecedented level of efficiency. Besides his work in the field of medical humanities, he has also written on the presence of painting, music, or religious thought in modern and contemporary poetry.

 

Teaching

 

Christophe Barnabé has taught undergraduate seminars on topics such as poetry and repair, or fictional biographies (Schwob, Borges, Michon). At Somerville College, he teaches 1st, 2nd and 4th year courses in French Essay, Translation from English into French, Language and Oral classes. He also teaches a French Poetry Creative Writing Workshop at the Maison Française d’Oxford.

 

Publications

 

Articles and Chapters in Books

 

‘Sur le Nil. En longeant les carnets d’Esther Tellermann’, L’Étrangère, no. 56 (2022), pp. 106-121.

 

‘Philippe Jaccottet lisant L’Été: comprendre un malaise’, in Albert Camus et la poésie, ed. by Danièle Leclair and Alexis Lager (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2022), pp. 47-58.

 

‘Thierry Metz et le cas de L’homme qui penche (1997)’, Fabula/Les colloques: Littérature et écritures du cas (2021), online.

 

Mutam cinerem’ (on Anne Carson’s Nox), Critique, no. 879-880 (2020), pp. 658-669. (Available here.)

 

‘Du bruissement des organes à la musique des vers: la cénesthésie à l’œuvre dans “Les Nerfs” de Jules Supervielle’, in La figure du poète-médecin, XXe-XXIe siècles, ed. by Alexandre Wenger et al. (Geneva: Georg, 2018), pp. 79-98.

 

‘La majesté de l’abrupt. Francis Ponge face aux peintures de Fautrier’ in Jean Fautrier, ed. by Dieter Schwarz (Düsseldorf: Richter Verlag, 2017), pp. 152-163. (French-German bilingual edition: ‘Die Majestät des Schroffen. Francis Ponge vor der Malerei Fautriers’, trans. Suzanne Schmidt.) Reprinted in the French-English edition as ‘Abrupt Majesty. Francis Ponge Face to Face with Fautrier’s Paintings’, trans. C. Petridis, D. Wharry and B. Wooding, in Jean Fautrier. Matière et lumière (Paris: Paris Musées, 2018), pp. 178-189.

 

‘Les notes indiscrètes de Pablo Montoya’, Europe, no. 1038 (2015), pp. 226-236.

 

‘Le lieu du perpétuel commencement: Mark Strand, Haydn, et les sept dernières paroles du Christ’, Europe, no. 1026 (2014), pp. 291-304.

 

Translations into French

 

From English:

 

Jo Catling, ‘W.G. Sebald et la double peine du traducteur’, in W.G. Sebald. Littérature et éthique documentaire, ed. by Muriel Pic and Jürgen Ritte (Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2017), pp. 139-162.

 

‘Renaissance et maniérisme’ in Art. Les grandes œuvres tout simplement (Paris: Éditions Prisma, 2017), pp. 102-165.

 

Mark Strand, ‘Après les Sept Dernières Paroles’, Europe, no. 1026 (2014), pp. 291-294.

 

From Spanish:

 

Pablo Montoya, Homme en ruines (Paris: Mémoire Vivante, 2017).

 

Pablo Montoya, ‘Mémoire de cimetières’, Revue Siècle 21, no. 28 (2016), pp. 67-71. 

 

Arnaldo Calveyra, selected unpublished poems, Place de la Sorbonne, no. 6 (2016), pp. 92-101.

 

Pablo Montoya, ‘Accord d’ombres’, Europe, no. 1038 (2015), pp. 226-230.

 

Poetry & Prose

 

‘Tres figuras del encierro’ (Rosa Luxemburg, Hildegard von Bingen, Emily Dickinson), Abisinia Review, no. 10 (2022), online

 

‘Iguazú’, L’Étrangère, no. 55 (2021), pp. 48-59.

 

‘Amas’, La Revue de Belles-Lettres, nos. 1-2 (2020), pp. 225-234.

 

‘Dimanche des Rameaux’ in Simple trace, anthology (Paris: Éditions Sillage, 2016).

 

‘Enfin cela m’est donné…’, Thauma, no. 14 (2016).

 

‘Mãepai’ and ‘A luz de teus olhos’, poems translated into Portuguese, Usina, no. 27 (2016).

 

Selection of poems in Sanctuaire d’encre, anthology (Paris: Éditions Sillage, 2014).

 

 

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