Dr Cosmin Popovici-Toma

Cosmin Popovici-Toma, BA, MA, PhD
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, FRQSC (Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture)

Research

My primary research interests lie in the areas of postwar and contemporary French literature, literary theory and aesthetics, with an emphasis on deconstruction and its precipitates. I am also keenly interested in the dialogue between French- and English-language literature, as well as in musically-oriented approaches to literary writing. All of these concerns are informed, to varying degrees, by my work as an academic translator.

My doctoral thesis, defended at the Université de Montréal and entitled ‘De l’absolu littéraire au neutre. Les fins de la littérature selon Maurice Blanchot et Samuel Beckett’, is a sustained inquiry into what remains of the ‘literary absolute’ (to quote Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy) in the works of Maurice Blanchot and Samuel Beckett. More specifically, it argues that the twin concepts of the neuter (le neutre) and the thing – especially when understood as res literaria or chose littéraire – form the basis of Beckett and Blanchot’s respective poetics, simultaneously consummating and undermining the Romantic absolute, all the while gesturing towards a literary ‘thing’ that is still to come.

My current research explores Blanchot’s lingering influence on contemporary French and English literature.

Publications

Books

Neutraliser l’absolu. Blanchot, Beckett et la chose littéraire (Paris: Hermann) (forthcoming).

Articles and chapters

‘Beckett’, ‘Espace’, ‘Musique’ and ‘Secret’. Dictionnaire Maurice Blanchot, ed. by Michael Holland and Johannes Opelz (Paris: Classiques Garnier) (forthcoming).

‘Critical First Steps: On Faux Pas’. Understanding Blanchot, Understanding Modernism, ed. by Christopher Langlois (New York: Bloomsbury), 2018, pp. 19-36.

‘Autonomie de l’œuvre double. Phrases et paraphrases de Thomas l’Obscur’. Défi de lecture : Thomas l’Obscur de Maurice Blanchot, ed. by Anca Călin and Alain Milon (Paris: Presses universitaires de Paris Nanterre), 2017, pp. 161-175.

‘D’un espace neutre’. Word and Text, vol. V(1-2), 2015, pp. 151-168.

‘De trop – l’infini. À l’écoute de Raphaël Cendo avec Jean-Luc Nancy’, Voix plurielles, vol. 11(2), 2014, pp. 9-19.

neither. Spectres sonores de Samuel Beckett’. University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 83(3), 2014, pp. 645-658.

‘“Comment mal dire ?” L’Eau des fleurs de Jean-Michel Reynard’. Formes poétiques contemporaines, 10, 2013, pp. 245-258.

Les Bienveillantes et les limites de la littérature’. Études françaises, vol. 42(2), 2013, pp. 167-180.

Translations

Michaud, Ginette. ‘Ekphrasing: “try say” with Georges Didi-Huberman and Hélène Cixous’. Encountering, ed. by Jérôme Brillaud and Virginie Greene (forthcoming).

Michaud, Ginette. ‘Putting Truth to the Test of Forgiveness: Reading Jacques Derrida’s Seminar, “Le parjure et le pardon”’. Derrida Today (forthcoming).

De Vries, Hent. ‘Un pragmatisme profond’. Jacques Derrida, la philosophie hors de ses gonds, ed. by Elisabeth Rigal and Marc Goldschmit (Paris: T.E.R. & Centre National du Livre), 2017, pp. 225-256.

Armstrong, Philip. ‘Gloss (à partir de quelques photos d’Ann Hamilton)’. Études françaises, vol. 51(2), 2015, pp. 163-174.

Derrida, Jacques, Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, et al. Eleven chapters. In Jacques Derrida, Les Arts de l’espace. Écrits et interventions sur l’architecture, ed. by Ginette Michaud and Joana Masó, in collaboration with Cosmin Popovici-Toma (Paris: Éditions de la Différence), 2015.

Armstrong, Philip. ‘L’abandon et l’“être-avec” : Derrida, un Français d’Algérie’. Appels de Jacques Derrida, ed. by Danielle Cohen-Levinas and Ginette Michaud (Paris: Hermann), 2014, pp. 279-302.

De Vries, Hent. ‘“et iterum de Deo” : Jacques Derrida et la tradition des Noms divins’. Appels de Jacques Derrida, ed. by Danielle Cohen-Levinas and Ginette Michaud (Paris: Hermann), 2014, pp. 189-228.

Derrida, Jacques. ‘Les arts de l’espace. Entretien avec Peter Brunette et David Wills’. Penser à ne pas voir. Écrits sur les arts du visible (1979-2004), ed. by Ginette Michaud, Joana Masó and Javier Bassas (Paris: Éditions de la Différence), 2013, pp. 15-55.

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