Department of French and Romance Philology  







Vincent Aurora




Twentieth-Century French literature; French language pedagogy
505 Philosophy Hall
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Vincent Aurora (Regis High School, NYC, 1985; Georgetown University, BA 1989; Columbia University MA, MPhil, PhD 1998) has been a lecturer in the French Department since 2001, a position that has allowed him to remake pre-existing courses and to create entirely new courses to respond to students' changing needs, particularly with the French Cultural Workshop and Accelerated Second Year French I + II, both in New York, and at Columbia’s Reid Hall program in Paris.

The author of one book of literary criticism (Michel Leiris’ “Failles”: Immobile in mobili) and translator of Prince Michael of Greece's “L’Impératrice des Adieux”, he has written extensively on the use of metaphor in Surrealist poetry, the combination of Auguste Comte’s Positivism and quantum mechanics in Houellebecq’s “Les Particules élémentaires”, and the method of passages parallèles and its ramifications on the interpretation of poetry.

Since 1996, he has been a yearly contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica's yearbook on works of each year’s French literature.  His most recent article, “Enseigner la culture à l’aide de la Constitution française”, on using the first article in the French constitution to introduce students to a wide range of aspects of French society, from the impossibility and yet existence of affirmative action, to laïcité and the question of the Muslim headscarf, to feminism and the relation of the minority to the majority, appeared in October 2016’s French Review.

Selected Bibliography


Michel Leiris’ Failles: Immobile in mobili (Peter Lang Publishers; New York: 2000).


Encyclopedia Britannica (articles for twenty Books of the Year: from “French literary trends of 1996” through “French literary trends of 2016”)

“Mixed Metaphors: Paradigm and the One behind the Many” (Romanic Review, vol. 90, number 4, November 1999)

“Metaphoric repression and mimetic perturbation in the Surrealist Jeu de l’un dans l’autre” (Dalhousie French Studies, Vol. 55, Summer, 2001)

“Freudian metaphor and Surrealist metalanguage in Michel Leiris: The Unconscious and the Sea” (LittéRéalité, Vol. XIII, n o 1, printemps/été 2002)

“La Mesure de l’homme: Auguste Comte et la mécanique quantique dans Les Particules élémentaires de Michel Houellebecq” (Versants, n o 43, Université de Lausanne, juin 2003)

“La Méthode des Passages Parallèles et ses implications théoriques”: (Romanic Review, Columbia University, vol. 96, n o 2, March 2005).

“Riffaterrean Confessions”: (Romanic Review, Columbia University, vol. 97, Summer 2011)

“Enseigner la culture à l’aide de la Constitution française” (The French Review, AATF, vol. 90, no 1, October 2016)

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