News: Chris Ippolito Publishes Two New Books

Chris Ippolito

Posted August 29, 2018

Chris Ippolito, Associate Professor of French in the School of Modern Languages, and Director of the new “French – Sciences -Sustainability” study abroad program at Georgia Tech - Lorraine, recently published two edited volumes: La Littérature et la vie (Literature and Life) and Récit de vie, récit de soi (Life Writing and Autobiography).

La Littérature et la vie (Classiques Garnier, 2018) reflects on the relationship between life and literature in literary works and essays in French, English and other languages, from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to present time. In particular, it explores the boundaries and implications of the notion of life in literary theory, and the links between reality, experience, and fiction.

Récit de vie, récit de soi  (Passage(s), 2018) is a volume on autobiography today exploring contemporary authors (Ernaux, Forest, Rachid O., Thúy, Taïa, Djian, Alix Cléo Roubaud), showing how life writing can transcend literature, and discuss representations of collective traumas.

Ippolito specializes in post-1800 French literature and culture, and contemporary African cultures, and has published books on Flaubert and description, edited volumes on the Middle East, modern France, and more than 50 book chapters and articles. He is currently working on a monograph on literature and politics, as well as one on post-francophone identities.