Léon Pradeau

Cohort Year: 2020
Research Interests: Poetry and Poetics, "Prosthetics", Translation Studies, and Gender and Sexuality

I work on postmodern and contemporary French & Francophone poetry. My previous research focused on metaphor and situated forms of the lyric (from Robert Desnos to Cécile Mainardi). Recently, my Qualifying Paper and Dissertation Proposal have turned towards embodiment and somatics in writing and reading. I explore how poems construct prosthetic bodies, in a reparation or (re)appropriation enmeshed with erotic, technical, and political assemblages. My research has always been paired with practices of language teaching, tutoring, and literary translation.

I have worked as an assistant in publishing and conferences; a few poems, book reviews and short stories have been published in various journals. My latest peer-reviewed article, “Le bas voltage: Dominique Fourcade, Stéphane Bouquet et l’électricité poétique”, is forthcoming in Winter 2023, in the Revue Européenne de Recherches sur la Poésie.

My book of the quarter: Liliane Giraudon, Polyphonie Penthésilée (P.O.L, 2021). 


Recent Courses in RLL

-       FREN 205 Writing in French/Écrire en Français (Fall 2022)

-       FREN 23333 Reading French for Research Purposes (Winter 2023)