Department of French and Romance Philology  








Antoine Compagnon




Professor of French
Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Sixteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century French literature; literary theory
513 Philosophy Hall
(212) 854-5528

Antoine Compagnon, also a professor at the Collège de France in Paris, is the Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature. He studies literary representations in three main areas: the Renaissance, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and theory of literature and history of criticism.

He focused on Montaigne in La Seconde Main (1979), Nous, Michel de Montaigne (1980), Chat en poche: Montaigne et l’allégorie (1993), Un été avec Montaigne (2013).

On Proust, after editing Du côté de chez Swann (1988) and Sodome et Gomorrhe (1988), he published Proust entre deux siècles (1989; American translation, 1992), as well as recent articles.

He discussed modernity and the avant-garde in Les Cinq Paradoxes de la modernité (1990; American translation, 1994), Baudelaire devant l’innombrable (2004), Les Antimodernes (2005), and the recent Baudelaire l’irréductible (2014).

He presented a cultural history of the Dreyfus Affair in Connaissez vous Brunetière? (1997), and of the Occupation in Le Cas Bernard Faÿ  (2009).

To critical theory, he devoted La Troisième République des lettres (1983) and Le Démon de la théorie (1998; American translation, 2004).

Among his recent publications, are a novel of formation, La Classe de rhéto (2012), and a conversation on criticism, Une question de discipline (2013).

Compagnon is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academia Europaea, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

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