Department of French and Romance Philology  







Vincent Aurora




Twentieth-Century French literature; French language pedagogy
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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 innovate pre-existing courses (particularly French Literature since 1800 and Intermediate French II), completely remake others (1202 for students of SIPA; Advanced Grammar and Composition I and II) and to create entirely new courses to respond to students' changing needs (the French Cultural Workshop and Accelerated Second Year French). 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 intriguing 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 to the Encyclopedia Britannica's yearbook on trends and events in contemporary French literature, and his most recent article, "Riffaterrean Confessions", will appear this year in the Romanic Review.

Selected Bibliography


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


Encyclopedia Britannica (articles for nine yearbooks: from “French literary trends of 1996” through “French literary trends of 2004”)

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

“Metaphoric repression and mimetic perturbation in the Surrealist Jeu de l’un dans l’autr” (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 2001)

“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).

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