Léon Pradeau

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

I work on various French & Canadian poets of the last fifty years. My dissertation explores metaphors of the body which have structured the recent history of Western poetry - from the idea of the text as body, to the fascination with assemblages and prosthetics. I explore various ways of constructing bodies through writing and reading. These reparations or reappropriations are always enmeshed with fascinating technical, erotic, and political configurations. 

Poems, book reviews and translations have been published or are forthcoming in various journals (FabulaChicago Review, FENCE, Cult Mag).

Recent Publications:

  • “Le bas voltage: Dominique Fourcade, Stéphane Bouquet et l’électricité poétique”, Revue Européenne de Recherches sur la Poésie, no. 8, 2023, p. 145-157.
  • "Lyrisme, mécanique, usinage : les Robots ménagers d'Anne Portugal", in Dotoli et al. (eds.), Les Thèmes de la poésie contemporaine, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2023, p. 209-219.

Recent Courses in RLL

  • FREN 20500 Writing in French/Écrire en Français (Fall 2022)
  • FREN 23333 Reading French for Research Purposes (Winter 2023)