Morgane Cadieu

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Associate Professor - On leave academic year 2020-21
82-90 Wall Street, Room 320

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2014

M.A., Université Rennes 2, 2008

Morgane Cadieu specializes in 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone prose; space and randomness in theory and literature; narratives of social emancipation and migration; materialist philosophies (from atomism to feminism); and trains in art. She is currently a Whitney Fellow at Yale, and a member of the MLA Forum Executive Committee on 20th- and 21st-century French literature.

In her first book Marcher au hasard (Classiques Garnier, 2019), she questions the use of randomness and constraint when an author or a character walks, writes, and enumerates. She deploys the notion of the “atomic swerve” (Lucretius’s clinamen) to unearth the role played by determinism and free will in the works of Raymond Queneau, Georges Perec, Samuel Beckett, Anne Garréta, Italo Calvino, and Sophie Calle, with some attention as well to Marguerite Duras and Patrick Modiano. Her literary and theoretical genealogy of this ancient form of aleatory deviation and her rhetorical analyses of the texts, allow her to show how the experimental writers of the twentieth century draw from materialist traditions to figure literary creation, urban perambulation, and sexual encounters.

In her next book project (Rewriting Rastignac), she will explore the representation of social mobilities from the 1970s onward, with a strong emphasis on very contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and film.

With the help of undergraduate French major students and members of the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, she 3D printed a train based on Emile Zola’s La Bête humaine (


Marcher au hasard: clinamen et création dans la prose du XXe siècle (Classiques Garnier, 2019)


“Stallone meurt: l’auteur et ses fins de vie dans les romans d’Emmanuèle Bernheim,” Fabula-LhT, n° 22, “La Mort de l’auteur,” June 2019 (

“L’épopée ferroviaire: migrations et mémoire postcoloniale dans le récit contemporain,” Revue critique de fixxion française contemporaine, n° 14, 2017.

“Stratification of the Urban Space in Contemporary Paris: Modiano, Vasset, and the Data Centers of Memory,” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, volume 21, n° 2, 2017.

“‘Au tapin ! Saisis ta plume !’ Régler les comptes de l’Histoire sur le terrain de la prose française dans le premier roman de Modiano,” French Forum, volume 41, n° 3, 2016.

“La préhistoire du clinamen dans la ville de l’homme qui dort,” Les Cahiers Georges Perec, volume 12, Paris, Le Castor Astral, 2015.

“Et puis et: la littérature à bout de ficelle,” Formules: la revue des littératures à contraintes, n° 17, 2013.

Undergraduate Courses

Experimental Literature, Theory, and Manifestoes (FREN 247/LITR 446)

Women Vagabonds in Literature and Cinema (FREN 333/WGSS 357)

Social Mobility and Migration (FREN 416)               

French Literature since the 1990s (FREN 233, co-taught with Alice Kaplan)

Shopping and the Novel (FREN 309)

Trains in French Literature, Film, and History (FREN 307-306/LITR 302)

Graduate Courses

May 68: Building a Corpus (FREN 918, co-taught with Alice Kaplan)

Chance and Constraint in Literature (FREN 929/CPLT 728)

Social Mobility in Contemporary French Literature (FREN 958/WGSS 783)

Flâneuses and Vagabondes in 20th-century Novel and Film (FREN 928)