Anne-Gaëlle Saliot

Assistant Professor of Romance Studies

-- Duke University
HWL Affiliation: Steering Committee

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot's research occupies the boundary between aesthetics and literature. Her work first focused on the relations between texts and images in Surrealist works. Her thesis examined the cultural meanings invested in a death mask of a young woman, thought to have drowned herself in the Seine at the close of the nineteenth century, known as the ‘Inconnue de la Seine.’ This mask has fired the imagination of artists for over a hundred years. Such luminaries as Rilke, Nabokov, Aragon, Man Ray, Blanchot, Varda and Resnais expressed their fascination with the Inconnue in prose, poetry, photography and film. Her monograph, The Drowned Muse: The Unknown Woman of the Seine’s Survivals from Nineteenth-Century Modernity to the Present, was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. She has strong interest in philosophical approaches to images, particularly in Benjamin, Blanchot, Deleuze and Rancière. She thus has a publication on Maurice Blanchot for Les Cahiers de l'Herne. Her newest research deals with French cinema and theories of cinema. In her current book project she explores the ways in which nineteenth-century literature and aesthetics surface in the New Wave cinema. She has publications on Truffaut, Godard and Rivette. She has given various papers on the cinematic avant-gardes, more recently on Jean-Luc Godard. In addition to this project, she is presently developing a research interest in the relation between dance and literature. She has published on the reception of Japanese culture and performing arts in French modern and contemporary dance.