Christophe Barnabé

Stipendiary Lecturer in French

My research interests include 20th and 21st century French literature, especially poetry, as well as, more broadly, modern poetry in Spanish and English written on both sides of the Atlantic.

My doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Survivance du charme. Le poème et l’idée de guérison’ (2020), sits at the intersection of magic, medicine, and literature. Through the study of four European poets (Philippe Jaccottet, Antonio Gamoneda, Ted Hughes and Paul Celan) whose work spans the second half of the 20th century, I seek to re-examine a question that has haunted poets for centuries: what can a poem heal? In my study, I pay particular attention to the struggle faced by modern poets in search of a cure through language, torn between their faith in an archaic verbal performativity, and the limits set to that idea by rational science, modern medicine, and a heightened critical awareness of their craft.

Besides my work in the field of medical humanities, I am also interested in different interdisciplinary approaches to modern and contemporary poetry and literature, especially through painting, music, or religious thought.

For further information, including a complete list of publications, see my faculty page.

Publications

Articles and Chapters in Books

‘Philippe Jaccottet lisant L’Été: comprendre un malaise’, in Albert Camus et la poésie, ed. by Danièle Leclair and Alexis Lager (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2022.) (Forthcoming.)

‘Thierry Metz et le cas de L’homme qui penche (1997)’, Fabula/Les colloques: Littérature et écritures du cas (2021).

‘Mutam cinerem’ (on Anne Carson’s Nox), Critique, no. 879-880 (2020), pp. 658-669.

‘Du bruissement des organes à la musique des vers: la cénesthésie à l’œuvre dans “Les Nerfs” de Jules Supervielle’, in La figure du poète-médecin, XXe-XXIe siècles, ed. by Alexandre Wenger et al. (Geneva: Georg, 2018), pp. 79-98.

‘La majesté de l’abrupt. Francis Ponge face aux peintures de Fautrier’ in Jean Fautrier, ed. by Dieter Schwarz (Düsseldorf: Richter Verlag, 2017), pp. 152-163. (French-German bilingual edition: ‘Die Majestät des Schroffen. Francis Ponge vor der Malerei Fautriers’, trans. Suzanne Schmidt.) Reprinted in the French-English edition as ‘Abrupt Majesty. Francis Ponge Face to Face with Fautrier’s Paintings’, trans. C. Petridis, D. Wharry and B. Wooding, in Jean Fautrier. Matière et lumière (Paris: Paris Musées, 2018), pp. 178-189.

‘Les notes indiscrètes de Pablo Montoya’, Europe, no. 1038 (2015), pp. 226-236.

‘Le lieu du perpétuel commencement: Mark Strand, Haydn, et les sept dernières paroles du Christ’, Europe, no. 1026 (2014), pp. 291-304.

Poetry

‘Iguazú’, L’Étrangère, no. 55 (2021), pp. 48-59.

‘Amas’, La Revue de Belles-Lettres, nos. 1-2 (2020), pp. 225-234.

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