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Vincent BruyereAssociate ProfessorDirector of Graduate Studies French


Ph.D. in French Studies, University of Warwick, UK


Vincent Bruyère, Associate Professor (Ph.D. in French Studies, University of Warwick, UK.)

My research draws on literary theory, visual culture, and the history of the body in an effort to rethink contemporary politics of life, health, and sustainability in a historicized perspective. In my new book, Perishability Fatigue: Forays in Environmental Loss and Decay (Columbia University Press, 2018), I ask, what is it like to have one’s present engendered by survivalist scenarios? What does it mean to be mortal or exhausted in the age of sustainability? The objective is to draw attention to the scripts and scenarios that mediate our relations to loss and decay, but also to emphasize the inequalities implicit in technologies of storage and burial, which promise continuity in the future to some while refusing it to others.

I am currently working on a new book project which takes up and develops the idea of a cultural memory of transience introduced in Perishability Fatigue as a means to historicize contemporary politics of termination and conservation. Unsearchable Past queries the emergence of “searchability” as a horizon of history. With chapters on toxicity, biodegradability, de-extinction, atmospherics, and artificial meat, the objective is to reconsider the nature of our contracts between flesh and data in the age of search engines.

My other works in progress include articles on prehistoric cave replicas (Chauvet II, Lascaux IV, Cosquer II), cancer culture, and pedagogies of health.

Recent Publications

2019 - “Terraformings.” Imaginations: Journal of Cross-cultural Image Studies 10:2.

2019 - “Puss in Boots Goes to Pleistocene Park.” Oxford Literary Review. 41.1 Ed. Sarah Wood. Special issue “Ext: Writing Extinction.” 127-140.

2018 - Perishability Fatigue: Forays in Environmental Loss and Decay. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018.

2018 - “Cancer Culture avant la lettre.” Somatosphere. []  

2018 - “Stroke and the Remembered Body: You See MeDirected by Linda S. Brown, 2015.” Journal of Medical Humanities (2018): 1-5. 

2012 - La différence francophone: De Jean Léry à Patrick Chamoiseau. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2012. 


Perishability Fatigue