Thomas C. Connolly

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Assistant Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
82-90 Wall St., Room 321

Thomas Connolly obtained his BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford in 2002. He spent three years at the École normale supérieure (Ulm) as ‘élève de la Sélection internationale,’ and completed a ‘Maîtrise’ and a ‘DEA’ at the Université de Paris IV–La Sorbonne. He received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in May 2012.

Thomas’s research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century French and Francophone poetry, with emphasis on the prose poem, ekphrasis, and, more broadly, poetry’s relation to the visual arts. He is working on a new book project that examines the interrelations of poetry and painting in the Francophone Maghreb. His first book, Paul Celan’s Unfinished Poetics: Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre is scheduled to appear with Legenda in 2017.

Thomas is currently serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies in French.

Selected Publications:

“Berber Spider: Tahar Djaout, Arachne, and the Afterlife of Oral Poetics.” Forthcoming in MLN.

“‘Baroque et belle’: Dirty Prose, Photos, and Other Subtle Secrets in Mallarmé’s ‘Le Nénuphar blanc’.” Forthcoming in Romanic Review.

“Walking in Color: Another Look at Musical Ekphrasis through Chagall’s Jerusalem Windows.” Forthcoming in Mosaic.

“Primitive Passions, Blinding Visions: Arthur Rimbaud’s ‘Mystique’ and a Tradition of Mystical Ekphrasis.” PMLA 132.1 (2017): 101 – 18.

“Baudelaire the Frequent Flyer: Prostitution, the Press, and How the Prose Poem Almost Sold its Soul.” Romance Notes 55.3 (2015): 463 – 74. 

“‘Splendides et salomoniques’: On Temples in Mallarmé.” French Studies Bulletin 37.1 (2016): 1 – 3.

“Oils, Psalms, and Scum: Anadyomene Paint and the Limits of Ekphrasis in Paul Celan’s ‘Einkanter: Rembrandt’.” Modern Philology 111.4 (2014): 841 – 61.

““Keine Schönschrift für Schulkinder”: Towards a Poetics of the Pre-Text in Paul Celan’s Eingedunkelt.” Forthcoming in Compar(a)ison.

Courses taught include:

French Poetry and the Invention of Modern Life (Fren 092)
Modern French Poetry (Fren 236)
Mad Poets (Fren 270 / Litr 284)
The Prose Poem (Fren 345)
Ekphrasis (Fren 347 / Hsar 280)
The Prose Poem (Fren 880) (graduate)
Stéphane Mallarmé (Fren 911) (graduate)