Liberal Arts Research Professor
Fields: Early Modern French Literature and Philosophy; Theater Theories and Performance Studies; Literary Criticism and Theory.
- Ph.D. Michigan State University, 1986
Attentive to contemporary French literature, theater, and intellectual debates, Jean-Claude Vuillemin has published extensively on early-modern literature and philosophy, theater and performance reception, literary theories, and Foucaldian episteme. Inspired by Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault, he has challenged the ideological truism of “French classicism” and promoted the notion of baroque as a pertinent theoretical concept apt to characterize not only architecture and visual arts, but also literature, philosophy, and intellectual history. Affiliated with several research institutes in France (U. Paris-8, CNRS, U. Paris-4 Sorbonne, U. Lyon-2), JC Vuillemin frequently lectures on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently completing a comprehensive critical bibliography on Jean Rotrou, and he is writing on Michel Foucault’s genealogy of the self.
RECENT GRADUATE COURSES
FR 597: Montaigne Reads Foucault: Hermeneutics of Modernity
FR 597: Michel Foucault: Archeology, Genealogy, Ethics
FR 535: Cultural Performances: Theories and Practices
FR 571: Literary Theory and Criticism
FR 533: Baroque Episteme. 17th-Century French Literature and Intellectual History
- Epistémè baroque: le mot et la chose. Paris: Hermann, coll. "Savoirs Lettres", 2013.
- “Foucault et le classicisme: les œillères de l’histoire (littéraire),” Fabula-LHT(Littérature, histoire, théorie), 11, (Novembre 2013)
- “Pratique théorique et jouissance théâtrale,” Poétique, 174 (November 2013): 189-213
- “Réflexions sur l’épistémè foucaldienne,” Cahiers Philosophiques, 130 (2012): 39-50
- “Theatrum mundi: l’usage des mirages,” Le Magazine Littéraire, 499 (2010): 66-8
- “Réflexions sur la réflexivité théâtrale,” L’Annuaire Théâtral, 45 (2010): 119-35