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**Thomas CONSTANTINESCO** **Professor of American Literature** Department of English Sorbonne Université 1, rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris France <> **EDUCATION** **H.D.R.** (*Habilitation à diriger des recherches*), **Université de Paris**, 2019**.** **Ph.D.** English, **Université Paris Diderot**, 2009. **M.A.** English, Université Paris Diderot, 2005. ***Agrégation***, English, 2003 (admitted rank 24/158). **B.A.** English, Université Paris Sorbonne, 2002. Student at the **Ecole Normale Supérieure**, 2000-2007 (admitted rank 4/25). **TEACHING EXPERIENCE** **Sorbonne Université** Professor, tenured, English Department, 2021-present. *Selected courses taught:* o *Undergraduate Courses*: American Fiction: Literature and History (Twain). o *Graduate Seminars*: Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Health and the Body (Writing Pain: Emerson, Melville, Douglass, Jacobs, Dickinson, James, Phelps; Literature and Contagion: Brockden Brown, Hawthorne, Alcott, Spofford, London, Lovecraft; Plotting Disability: Melville, W. and H. Craft, James, Twain, Wharton); Jewett, *The Country of the Pointed Firs*; Literary translation. **Université Paris Diderot** Associate Professor, tenured, English Department, 2010-2021 Teaching Assistant, English Department, 2007-2010. *Selected courses taught:* o *Undergraduate Courses*: History of American Literature, 1620-1989 (Survey Course); Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Classics (Hawthorne, Twain, Faulkner, Cather, O’Connor, Salinger, Wideman); American Tales and Short Stories (Irving, Hawthorne, James, Faulkner); Introduction to Literary Translation o *Graduate Seminars*: English and American Romanticism (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville); Romanticism, Revolution, Terror (Crèvecoeur, Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne); Why Read Nineteenth-Century American Literature Today? (Dickinson, Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Twain, Henry and Alice James); The Poetics of Literary Translation; Translating Non-Fiction; History of Translation Theory. **University of Oxford** Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, English Faculty, 2019-2021. *Courses taught*: graduate seminar, “Bodies in Pain and Suffering Minds in Nineteenth-Century American Literature” (2019-2020). Keble College and Magdalen College, 2003-2005. Teaching Assistant, French. *Courses taught*: Translation, Conversation, Academic Writing, Reading the French press. **Yale University**, French Department, 2001-2002. Teaching Assistant. *Courses taught*: Language, Conversation, French contemporary Literature and Culture. **FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS** **Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow**, English Faculty, University of Oxford, 2019-2021. €195,000. Research Project Title: “USPAIN: Suffering America: Writing Pain in Nineteenth-Century United States Literature”: <>. Visiting Fellow, Oriel College, University of Oxford, January-July 2017 and October 2019-October 2020. **Junior Fellow**, **Institut Universitaire de France**, 2014-2019. €75,000. Research project title: “Thinking as Writing: American Literature and Philosophy, 1830-1916.” **PUBLICATIONS** ***Monographs*** *Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States*. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, “Oxford Studies in American Literary History,” 2022. Reviewed in *Textual Practice*. *Ralph Waldo Emerson: l’Amérique à l’essai*. Éditions Rue d’Ulm (2012). Nominated for the AFEA/SAES Best Book Award (*Prix de la recherche*) for 2012. Reviewed in *Emerson Society Papers*; *Études anglaises*; *RFEA*; *Transatlantica*. ***Edited Collections*** *Herman Melville,* The Confidence-Man : His Masquerade. *Les fictions de la confiance / Fictions of confidence*, ed. with Agnès Derail and Anne-Claire Le Reste. Paris: Presses universitaires de Nanterre, 2020. *Romanticism and Philosophy: Thinking with Literature*, ed. with Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. New York: Routledge, 2015. Reviewed in *Romantic Circles; The Byron Journal*; *BAARS Review*. *Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition*, ed. with Sophie Laniel-Musitelli. Nancy: Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2015. *Littérature et politique en Nouvelle-Angleterre*, ed. with Antoine Traisnel. Paris: Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2011. ***Journal Issues*** Guest editor, with Sari Altschuler, “Pain,” special issue of *American Literature* 93, no. 4, forthcoming in 2024. Guest Editor, with Peter Lurie, “What Does Literature Feel Like?,” special issue oef *Transatlantica*, forthcoming in 2023. Guest editor, with Cécile Roudeau, “Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Philosophical,” special issue of *Textual Practice* 33, no. 10 (2019). Guest editor, with François Specq, “Relire le transcendantalisme / Whither Transcendentalism?,” special issue of the *Revue française d’études américaines* 140 (2014). ***Journal Essays (Peer-Reviewed, since 2012)*** “Columbia / New York : The Ruins of the Civil War,” special issue “War Ruins,” ed. Nathalie Cochoy and David Roche, *Transatlantica*, 2022/1: <>. “American Literary Criticism in a Time of Pandemic,” Forum “The Functions of American Literary Criticism at the Present Time,” ed. Russ Castronovo and Gordon Hutner, *American Literary History* 34, no. 1 (2022), p. 67-76. “‘I must calculate over again’: Measures of Pain in Melville,” special issue “Rescaling Melville,” ed. Ronan Ludot-Vlasak, Édouard Marsoin and Cécile Roudeau, *Textual Practice*, vol. 35, n°11, 2021, p. 1733-1749. “The Matter with Milly Theale: The Logics of Consumption,” The Wings of the Dove*: de l’œuvre au texte*, Christian Gutleben (ed.), *Cycnos* 36, no. 1 (2020). “Henry James across Borders,” *Henry James Traveller. Parables of Perception*, Richard Anker, Marie-Odile Salati, Sheila Teehan (eds.), special issue of *Viatica* (2020): <>. “The *Dial* and the Untimely ‘Spirit of the Time,’” *American Periodicals* 28, no. 1 (April 2018): 21-40. “Living for the Dead in Henry James’s ‘Maud-Evelyn,’” *Caliban: A French Journal of English Studies* 56 (2016): 41-54. “L’autobiographie ou l’art de la vie dans *A Small Boy and Others* de Henry James,“ co-authored with Agnès Derail-Imbert, *Transatlantica* 2015.2: <> “Limning New Regions of Thought: Emerson’s Abstract Regionalism,” co-authored with Cécile Roudeau. *ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance* 60, no. 2 (2014): 287-328. “Emerson et William James, ou les vertus de la croyance,” special issue of the *RFEA*, *Transferts du religieux*, ed. Richard Anker and Nathalie Caron 141 (September 2014): 56-68. “Edgar Allan Poe et les meubles de la philosophie,” *Transatlantica*, 2013, no. 2: <>. “Mimésis et Politique dans *Representative Men* de R. W. Emerson,” *RFEA* 135 (March 2013): 12-26. “Emerson, ou le génie de l’imitation,” *Sillages critiques* 14 (2012): <>. ***Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed, since 2012)*** “Reading Bodies and Textual Materialities,” *Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body*, ed. Travis Foster, Cambridge University Press, 2022, 150-164. “Romanticism and European Philosophy, or ‘Idealism as It Appears in 1842,’” *Handbook of American Romanticism*, Philipp Löffler, Clemens Spahr, and Jan Stievermann (ed.), De Gruyter, 2021, 119-139. “The Circulation of Things in ‘Maud-Evelyn,’” *Henry James in the Twenty-First Century: Heritage and Transmission*, Adrian Harding and Dennis Tredy (ed.), Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019, 307-316. “The Ghost of Literature: The Return of the Text in American Literary Studies,” *Mapping Fields of Study: The Cultural and Institutional Space of English Studies*, Richard Somerset and Matthew Smith (ed.), Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2019, 287-310. “Lessons of Duplicity in ‘The Lesson of the Master’,” *Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity* in ed. Annick Duperray, Adrian Harding and Dennis Tredy, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 39-48. “Fictions de l’expérience dans ‘Experience’ de R. W. Emerson,” *L’expérience*, ed. Olivier Brossard, Françoise Bort and Wendy Ribeyrol, Michel Houdiard, 2012, 93-113. ***Translations*** American Literature *Puritains d’Amérique: prestige et déclin d’une théocratie. Textes choisis, 1620-1750*, trans. and ed. Agnès Derail-Imbert and Bruno Monfort, with Laurent Folliot, Thomas Constantinesco, and Cécile Roudeau, Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2016. Anthology of texts from the Colonial era (1620-1750) in translation, with introductions, biographical sketches and notes. Mark Twain, *Les Aventures de Tom Sawyer*, *Œuvres*, ed. Philippe Jaworski Gallimard, “Bibliothèque de la Pléiade,” 2015. Translation of *The Adventures of Tom Sawyer*, with introduction and notes. Henry James, *Écrits sur la peinture*, ed. and trans. Thomas Constantinesco, with Marion Beaujard, Hélène Blassel and Camille Joseph, Fage, 2014. Translation of 15 essays on art and painting. Washington Irving, *Les Déterreurs de trésors*, trans. and ed. with Bruno Monfort, Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2014. Translation and edition of “The Money-Diggers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, *L’Amitié*, Aux forges de Vulcain, 2010. Translation of “Friendship” (1841), with an introduction. Herman Melville, *Derniers poèmes*, ed. Agnès Derail-Imbert and Bruno Monfort, with Thomas Constantinesco, Marc Midan and Cécile Roudeau Éditions Rue d’Ulm, 2010. Translation and edition of “Minor Sea-Pieces” (*John Marr and Other Sailors*) and “Fruit of Travel Long Ago” (*Timoleon*). Literary Criticism Richard Scholar, *Montaigne libre penseur*, Paris, Hermann, 2015. Translation of *Montaigne and the Art of Free-Thinking*, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2010. Richard Scholar, *Le Je-ne-sais-quoi : enquête sur une énigme*, Paris, puf, « Les Littéraires », 2010. Translation of *The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something*, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005. History Kevin Moore, *Jacques Henri Lartigue, l’invention d’un artiste*, Paris, Textuel, « L’écriture photographique », 2012. Translation of *Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Invention of an Artist*, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2004. ***Reviews*** “Antoine Traisnel, *Capture : American Pursuits and the Making of the New Animal Condition*,” *Études anglaises*, forthcoming. “Michael D. Snediker, *Contingent Figure: Chronic Pain and Queer Embodiment*,” *American Literary History* 34.3 (2022): 1229–1232, <>. “Delphine Rumeau, *Fortunes de Walt Whitman : Enjeux d’une réception transatlantique*,” *IdeAs* 16 (September 2020), <>. “Marianne Noble, *Rethinking Sympathy and Human Contact in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Hawthorne, Douglass, Stowe, Dickinson*,” *Transatlantica*, 2018, no. 2, <>. “Joseph Urbas, *Emerson’s Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes*,” *Emerson Society Papers* 28.1 (Spring 2018): 9. “Frédéric Dumas, *Mark Twain: tourisme et vanité*,” *Études anglaises* 69.4 (2016): 496-497. “Henry James, *The Europeans*, ed. Susan M. Griffin,” *Études anglaises* 69.2 (2016): 237-240. “Samantha C. Harvey, *Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature*,” *Transatlantica*, 2015, no. 2, <>. “Jed Deppman, Marianne Noble, and Gary Lee Stonum, eds., *Emily Dickinson and Philosophy*,” *Transatlantica*, 2014, no. 2: <>. “Rivett, Sarah, *The Science of the Soul in Colonial New England*,” *Transatlantica* 2013, no. 2: <>.


“Infamy in the Air”: Toxic Climate, Racial Atmospherics, and the Politics of Contagion in the Literature of the Nineteenth-Century United States

Thomas Constantinesco
Epistémocritique : Littérature et savoirs, 2023, 21
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“What Help from Thought?” : American Literary Criticism in a Time of Pandemic

Thomas Constantinesco
American Literary History, 2022, 34 (1), pp.67-76. ⟨10.1093/alh/ajab099⟩
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Columbia / New York: The Ruins of the Civil War

Thomas Constantinesco
Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, 2022, 1, ⟨10.4000/transatlantica.18819⟩
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“I must calculate over again”: Measures of Pain in Melville

Thomas Constantinesco
Textual Practice, 2021, ⟨10.1080/0950236X.2021.1941525⟩
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The Matter with Milly Theale: The Logics of Consumption (pp. 217-219)

Thomas Constantinesco
Cycnos, 2020, The wings of the dove de Henry James : de l'oeuvre au texte, 36 (1), pp.183-204
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The Matter with Milly Theale: The Logics of Consumption

Thomas Constantinesco
Cycnos, 2020, 36 (1)
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Henry James across Borders

Thomas Constantinesco
Viatica, 2020, HS 3
Journal articles hal-02931117v1

The house of thought’: nineteenth-century American literature and the philosophical

Thomas Constantinesco , Cécile Roudeau
Textual Practice, 2019, 33 (10), pp.1649-1656. ⟨10.1080/0950236X.2019.1665911⟩
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The Dial and the Untimely “Spirit of the Time”

Thomas Constantinesco
American Periodicals, 2018, 28 (1), pp.21-40
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Living for the Dead in Henry James's "Maud-Evelyn"

Thomas Constantinesco
Anglophonia, French Journal of English Studies, 2016, 56, pp.41-54
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L’autobiographie ou l’art de la vie dans A Small Boy and Others de Henry James

Thomas Constantinesco , Agnès Derail
Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, 2015
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Limning New Regions of Thought: Emerson’s Abstract Regionalism

Cécile Roudeau , Thomas Constantinesco
ESQ: a journal of the American Renaissance, 2014, 60 (2), pp.285-326. ⟨10.1353/esq.2014.0008⟩
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Emerson et William James, ou les vertus de la croyance

Thomas Constantinesco
Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2014, Transferts du religieux, 141, pp.56-68. ⟨10.3917/rfea.141.0056⟩
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« Transcendentalism Revisited », in Relire le transcendantalisme / Whither Transcendentalism ?, dir. Thomas Constantinesco et François Specq

Constantinesco Thomas , Specq François
Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2014
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Mimésis et Politique dans Representative Men de R. W. Emerson

Thomas Constantinesco
Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2013, 135, pp.12-26. ⟨10.3917/rfea.135.0012⟩
Journal articles hal-01378891v1
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Edgar Allan Poe et les meubles de la philosophie

Thomas Constantinesco
Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, 2013
Journal articles hal-01378887v1
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, ou le génie de l’imitation

Thomas Constantinesco
Sillages Critiques, 2012, L'imitation, 14
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Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States

Thomas Constantinesco
Oxford University Press, 2022, Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States, 9780192855596
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Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man : His Masquerade. Les fictions de la confiance / Fictions of confidence

Thomas Constantinesco , Derail-Imbert Agnès , Anne-Claire Le Reste
2020, 978-2-84016-358-9
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Puritains d'Amérique Prestige et déclin d'une théocratie - Textes choisis 1620-1750

Cécile Roudeau , Derail Agnès , Thomas Constantinesco , Bruno Monfort , Folliot Laurent
Presses de l'Ecole normale supérieure. , 2016, collection "Versions françaises", 978-2-7288-0558-7
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Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition

Thomas Constantinesco , Sophie Laniel-Musitelli
Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2015, Regards croisés sur le monde anglophone, 9782814302310
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Romanticism and Philosophy

Thomas Constantinesco , Sophie Laniel-Musitelli
Routledge, 2015, Routledge Studies in Romanticism, 9781138805507
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Relire le transcendantalisme / Whither Transcendentalism ? Revue Française d’Études Américaines n° 140. 128p

Constantinesco Thomas , François Specq (dir.)
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Relire le Transcendentalisme / Whither Transcendentalism?

Thomas Constantinesco , François Specq
Belin, 140, 2014, Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 9782701191409 ⟨10.3917/rfea.140.0003⟩
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Ralph Waldo Emerson. L'Amérique à l'essai

Thomas Constantinesco
Editions Rue d'Ulm, 2012, Offshore, Pierre-Yves Pétillon; Agnès Derail-Imbert, 978-2-7288-0473-3
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Littérature et politique en Nouvelle-Angleterre

Thomas Constantinesco , Traisnel Antoine
Editions Rue d'Ulm, 7, 2011, Actes de la recherche à l'ENS, Lucie Marignac, 978-2-7288-3952-0
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Melville. Derniers Poèmes.

Cécile Roudeau , Thomas Constantinesco , Bruno Monfort , Derail Agnès , Marc Midan
Presses de l'ENS, 2010, collection "Versions françaises", 978-2-7288-0432-0
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Reading Bodies and Textual Materialities

Thomas Constantinesco
Travis Foster. The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body, , 2022, 9781108815291
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Romanticism and European Philosophy, or “Idealism As It Appears in 1842”

Thomas Constantinesco
Philipp Löffler; Clemens Spahr; Jan Stievermann. Handbook of American Romanticism, De Gruyter, 2021, 978-3-11-059075-3
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The Ghost of Literature: The Return of the Text in American Literary Studies

Thomas Constantinesco
Richard Somerset; Matthew SMith. Mapping Fields of Study: The Cultural and Institutional Space of English Studies, Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2019
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Foreword : Romanticism across Borders

Thomas Constantinesco , Sophie Laniel-Musitelli
Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2015, 978-2-8143-0231-0
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Introduction - Thinking with Literature

Sophie Laniel-Musitelli , Thomas Constantinesco
Sophie Laniel-Musitelli; Thomas Constantinesco. Romanticism and Philosophy : Thinking with Literature, Routledge, pp. 1-15, 2015, 978-1-138-80550-7
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Lessons of Duplicity in " The Lesson of the Master "

Thomas Constantinesco
Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray and Adrian Harding. Henry James and the Poetics of Duplicity, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.39-48, 2013, 978-144384417
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