Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Reviews of Returning to Reims and more...

Long time, no post! Life has been busy. September 2013 saw the publication by Semiotext(e) of my translation of Didier Eribon's Returning to Reims. The book was reviewed in ARTFORUM in November 2013, and there's also a nice on-line review at The New Inquiry. I've recently written a chapter on Proust for a forthcoming History of Modern French Literature being edited by Christopher Prendergast for Princeton University Press, and I've begun writing the first section of a new book tentatively titled Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels. The first piece of that book will be an article called "Proust and language-in-use" that I should finish up in the next few days. But between now and summer my main goal (along with teaching, of course) is to complete the book I've been working on for the past few years, Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities in French Literature from Colette to Hervé Guibert. I have a bit more writing to do on Violette Leduc, Hervé Guibert, and Robert Pinget before it's done, but my aim is to wrap up that manuscript by the end of May. I have a sabbatical year coming up for 2014-2015 to work on my new project on Proust and friends. During my sabbatical year, I'll fit in another month of study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, in Pune, India, and I'll also be spending a few months in spring 2015 as a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. I'm really looking forward to a productive year of lots of reading, thinking, and writing.