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Vincent Debaene

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Associate Professor of French
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French anthropology, Twentieth-Century French literature, literary theory, intellectual history

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Vincent Debaene received his academic training in France, where he was a fellow of the École normale supérieure. He received his doctorate from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 2004. He was a Lecturer at Yale University in 1996-1997, taught for two years in high school in Antananarivo (Madagascar), and for four years at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Principal teaching and research interests include French anthropology, 20th-Century French literature, literary theory, intellectual history, and the points of contact between scientific discourses and literature. Debaene was in charge of the edition of the works of Claude Lévi-Strauss in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (2008). His book on the relationship between literature and anthropology in 20th-Century France, L’Adieu au voyage, was published by Gallimard in the fall 2010 in the "Bibliothèque des sciences humaines" series. His current project is devoted to the engagement of early Francophone writers and intellectuals with anthropological knowledge during the French colonial period.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books:

Far Afield: French Anthropology between Science and Literature, Chicago & London: the University of Chicago Press, 2014. (trans. Justin Izzo)

L’Adieu au voyage. L’ethnologie française entre science et littérature, Paris: Gallimard, "Bibliothèque des sciences humaines", 2010.

Claude Lévi-Strauss. L’Homme au regard éloigné, Paris: Gallimard, "Découvertes", 2009. (co-authored with Frédéric Keck)

Nadja d’André Breton, ‘Profil d’une œuvre’, Paris: Hatier, 2002.

Critical edition
Critical edition of Tristes tropiques, in Claude Lévi-Strauss’ Œuvres, Paris: Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2008.

Preface of Claude Lévi-Strauss’ Œuvres, Paris: Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2008, p. IX-XLII.

Edited volumes
L’Histoire littéraire des écrivains, Paris: PUPS, 2013 (co-editor with Jean-Louis Jeannelle, Marielle Macé and Michel Murat)

Special issue of the Romanic ReviewLiterary Histories of Literatures”, n° 100, Spring 2009 (co-editor with Antoine Compagnon)

Book chapters and articles:

'Entre informateur et auteur. Discours ethnographique indigène et littérature en A.O.F.' in Daniel Fabre, André Mary et Christine Laurière Eds, Ethnologues en situation coloniale, Paris: CNRS Editions, forthcoming (2015).

‘"Un jour ou l’autre, tous ces jeunes gens nous donneront certainement une littérature..." Ethnographie, ethnologie et littérature d'Afrique et des Antilles, 1921-1947’, Romanic Review, 104.3-4, forthcoming (2014).

‘A Case of Cultural Misunderstanding: French anthropology in a comparative perspective’, Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 28, Issue 4 (2013): 647–669.

‘Un anthropologue et sa boîte noire. L’essai d’ego-histoire de George Stocking’, Critique¸ 793-794 (2013): 556-573.
 
‘La ‘littérature indigène d’expression française’: une histoire pré-postcoloniale’, in Vincent Debaene, Jean-Louis Jeannelle, Marielle Macé and Michel Murat (sous la direction de), L’Histoire littéraire des écrivains, PUPS (2013): 279-304.

‘Lévi-Strauss: what legacy?’, Yale French Studies, 123 (2013): 14-40.

‘Claude Lévi-Strauss aujourd’hui’ (extended version of the above), Europe, 1005-1006 (2013): 11-36.

‘Claude Lévi-Strauss, 2008: what anniversary?’, in Dipankar Gupta (ed.), My Favourite Lévi-Strauss (New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2011), 61-75.

‘La littérature face aux savoirs: frontière ou objet ?’, Critique, 767 (2011): 275-291.

‘“Like Alice through the Looking Glass”. Claude Lévi-Strauss in New York’, French Politics Culture and Society, Vol. 28, n° 1 (2010): 46-57.

‘La Pléiade en débat. Réponse à Emmanuel Désveaux’, L’Homme. Revue française d’anthropologie, 193 (2010): 45-50.

‘Le point de vue de l’indigène ou Comment on écrit l’histoire de la littérature’, Romanic Review “Literary Histories of Literatures”, 100 (2009): 16-27.

‘La Règle du jeu. Fin de partie?’, Critique, 689 (special issue: ‘De Leiris à Derrida: règles du "je"’) (2004): 791-806.

‘"Un quartier de Paris aussi inconnu que l’Amazone". Surréalisme et récit ethnographique’, Les Temps modernes, 628 (special issue: ‘Claude Lévi-Strauss’, edited by Boris Wiseman) (2004) : 133-153. 

‘Portrait de l’ethnologue en Lazare’, in Michel Izard (ed.), Cahier de l’Herne, ‘Claude Lévi-Strauss’, Paris, éditions de L’Herne (2004) : 99-107.

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