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Department of French & Italian at Emory
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Chad Córdova

Assistant Professor, French

Department of French and Italian
North Callaway Center 411
404-727-7943

Email: cacordova@emory.edu

Chad Córdova (PhD, Princeton, 2018) works on literature, philosophy, and the arts in early modern and 20th-century France. His other interests include: psychoanalysis, continental thought, and media studies. 

He is currently pursuing two long-term research projects. The first, stemming from his PhD thesis, studies early modern French critiques of cultural and philosophical humanism, and explores how these critiques – and the notions of subjectivity, literature, and aesthetics they develop – might shed new light on major developments in 20th-century French thought. 

The second project is a genealogy – beginning in 16th- and 17th-century France – of modern ideas and images of melancholy and depression, especially in medicine, psychoanalysis, visual arts, philosophy, and poetry.  

Recent publications:

2019: (forthcoming) “‘Mais ôtez leur divertissement, vous les verrez sécher d’ennui’: Pascal and the Pictorial Tradition of Melancholy” – Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature

2017: “Pascal and Melancholy,” Modern Intellectual History (November, 2017), 1-35: https://doi.org/10.1017/S147924431700052X

2012: “Merleau-Ponty and Cézanne: Describing and Painting Existence,” Circé. Histoires, Cultures & Sociétés, 1 (2012): http://www.revue-circe.uvsq.fr/merleau-ponty-and-cezanne-describing-and-painting-existence/