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Yves Gilonne

Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

Dr. Yves Gilonne's current teaching interests stem from his research in 20th century French thought and explores the birth of the intellectual and development of committed literature from L'Affaire… read more

Research Summary

My research interests are in Post-War French Thought, Society and Culture during the "30 Glorieuses".

Notably, Maurice Blanchot and his contemporaries (Levinas, Bataille, Paulhan, Derrida, Nancy, Lacoue-Labarthe, Lyotard). The figure of the Intellectual and post-sartrian political "désengagement". Literature and theories of the Everyday. Discourses of the Sublime and the aesthetics of Terror. Post-war French thought and literature on prehistory and the technological ages of Humanity. Discourses and repesentations of the Nuclear during the "30 glorieuses". Rhetoric and the relation between contemporary and pre-socratic thought. The role played by translation in the development of philosophical thought. The topology of thought and the figurative uses of geometry.

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Review of La Rhétoriquedu sublime: http://www.blanchot.fr/fr/index.phpoption=com_content&task=view&id=222&Itemid=40

I am currently working on 2 related projects which explore the relation between Science, technology and culture during the "30 Glorieuses":

  • Representations and discourses on the French nuclear age
  • Du Droit a l'oblique: Orthologies du regards critique

I am a member of the Science Technology Culture Research Group.

Recent Publications

  • CASSIN, BARBARA, 2010. "philosopher en langues" (Translated by Gilonne, Y.). In: BATCHELOR, K. and GILONNE, Y., eds., Translating Thought; Traduire la pensee Nottingham French Studies. pp.17-28
  • GILONNE, Y., 2010. "Y-a-t-il lieu de traduire: Maurice Blanchot et la mise en demeure du langage philosophique". In: BATCHELOR, K. and GILONNE, Y., eds., Translating thought, Traduire la pensee Nottingham French Studies. pp. 64-79
  • GILONNE, Y., 2010. Blanchot 'l’obscur' : vers une approche héraclitéenne du neutre. In: HOPPENOT, E. and MILON, A., eds., Blanchot et la philosophie Presses universitaires de Paris ouest. 217-227
  • GILONNE, Y, 2010. "L'auto-reflexivite du sublime". In: OPELZ, H. and MCKEANE, J., eds., Blanchot Romantique Peter Lang. pp. 93-106

Dr. Yves Gilonne's current teaching interests stem from his research in 20th century French thought and explores the birth of the intellectual and development of committed literature from L'Affaire Dreyfus to the present. (In particular Zola, Bernanos, Sartre, Camus, Daeninckx). I am also interested in the evolution of literary approaches to (In particular Queneau, Barthes, Perec, Guimard, Ernaux, Delerm, Bon) and theories of (in particular Lefebvre, De Certeau, Baudrillard, Blanchot) the Everyday in contemporary France.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • R11017 - Year 1 Reading Text (Lectures + tutorials)
  • R11019 - Year 1 Histoire et Mythologie (tutor)
  • R12062 - Year 2 French Language (Module convener)
  • R12080 - Year 2 Literature and Politics in Modern France (Module convener)
  • R13144 (or R13150) Year 4 The Everyday in Contemporary French Fiction and Thought (Module convener)

Postgraduate courses:

  • Theories of the Everyday (Seminar)

Past Research

My research, whilst stemming from a close reading of Maurice Blanchot's rhetoric and theory of the sublime, engages with a wide range of contemporary issues within a strong interdisciplinary perspective and has for example already explored relations between:

  • Writing and science/technology (Cf. PhD chapter: "Essai de virologie critique", current project: "the Atomic Bomb", Article "Premunitions: the cunning of armed reason")
  • Writing and space: (Cf. Publications: "essai sur la géométrie de l'espace relationnel chez Blanchot et Levinas" and Oxford Conference Paper: "la Fonction Oblique") I am currently preparing a short monograph entitled: Du Droit a l'oblique: orthologies du regard critique.
  • Contemporary and presocratic thought : (Cf. publications:« La Figure du kairos ou l'instant critique dans l'œuvre de Maurice Blanchot » and « Blanchot l'obscur : vers une approche héraclitéenne du neutre »)
  • Translation and Thought: (Cf: coedited NFS volume with Dr. K. Batchelor on "Translating Thought" and article "Y-a-t-il lieu de traduire? Maurice Blanchot et la mise en demeure du langage philosophique", Translations of articles for Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss)
  • CASSIN, BARBARA, 2010. "philosopher en langues" (Translated by Gilonne, Y.). In: BATCHELOR, K. and GILONNE, Y., eds., Translating Thought; Traduire la pensee Nottingham French Studies. pp.17-28
  • GILONNE, Y., 2010. "Y-a-t-il lieu de traduire: Maurice Blanchot et la mise en demeure du langage philosophique". In: BATCHELOR, K. and GILONNE, Y., eds., Translating thought, Traduire la pensee Nottingham French Studies. pp. 64-79
  • GILONNE, Y., 2010. Blanchot 'l’obscur' : vers une approche héraclitéenne du neutre. In: HOPPENOT, E. and MILON, A., eds., Blanchot et la philosophie Presses universitaires de Paris ouest. 217-227
  • GILONNE, Y, 2010. "L'auto-reflexivite du sublime". In: OPELZ, H. and MCKEANE, J., eds., Blanchot Romantique Peter Lang. pp. 93-106
  • BATCHELOR, K. and GILONNE, Y., eds., 2010. Translating thought/Traduire la pensée: Nottingham French Studies 49(2) Edinburgh University Press.
  • KAMBOUCHNER, D., 2009. "Lévi-Strauss and the question of humanism" (translated by Gilonne, Y. and Cottrell J.). In: WISEMAN, B., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss Cambridge University Press. 19-38
  • HÉNAFF. M., 2009. "Lévi-Strauss and the question of symbolism" (Translated by Gilonne Y. and Morhange J-L.). In: WISEMAN, B., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss Cambridge University Press. 177-195
  • DESCOLA P., 2009. "The two natures of Lévi-Strauss" (translated by Gilonne Y. and Wiseman B.). In: WISEMAN, B., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Levi-Strauss Cambridge University Press. 103-117
  • GILONNE, Y.C., 2009. Premunitions: the cunning of armed reason Oxford Literary Review. 31(2), 189-210
  • GILONNE. Y.C., 2008. Blanchot Lecteur de Paulhan : la terreur du questionnement.. In: HOPENNOT, E and MANOURY, D., eds., Maurice Blanchot de proche en proche. Paris : Les Editions Complicités. pp. 153- 174
  • GILONNE, Y., 2008. La rhétorique du sublime dans l’œuvre de Maurice Blanchot L’Harmattan.
  • GILONNE. Y.C., 2008. La mesure de l’amitié, un rapport à hauteur d’homme ? Essai sur la géométrie de l’espace relationnel chez Blanchot et Levinas.. In: HOPENNOT, E and MILON, A, eds., Lévinas et Blanchot : Penser la différence Presses Universitaires de Paris X. pp. 299- 310
  • GILONNE, Y., 2006. La figure du <i>kairos</i> ou "l'instant critique" dans <i>L'Instant de ma mort</i>. In: HOPPENOT, E., ed., L'Épreuve du temps chez Maurice Blanchot Paris: Les Éditions Complicités. 155-173
  • JEAN BESSIERE, 2005. The Facticity of the Literary Work (Gilonne.Y.C. translation) Paragraph: The Idea of the Literary. 28(2), 41-56

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