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Anne-Gaelle Saliot

Associate Professor of Romance Studies
Romance Studies
219A Language Center, Durham, NC 27708


Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Core Faculty of the Arts of the Moving Image program. A French native, she was first educated in France at the Lycée Henri IV (Paris) and the Sorbonne, before receiving her DPhil. from Oxford University in the U.K. She then went on to lead an academic career in French Studies in the U.S. She previously taught at the University of York (UK) and the Johns Hopkins University before coming to Duke.

Professor Saliot’s research explores translations and migrations of cultural objects across epochs, and across geographical and linguistic frontiers. Her central concern is the need to investigate the relations between the nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernities and their common cultural imaginary. Her work encompasses literature, theories of the visual, film studies, and dance. She is the author of  a book on the famous “Inconnue de la Seine” (The Drowned Muse, Oxford University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of the Cahiers de la NRF dedicated to Philippe Forest. Her second book, Against the Grain. Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut, and the Nineteenth Century argues that the nineteenth century serves as a sort of political unconscious discernible in most of the central tenets of French New Wave and in the ceaseless productivity of its associated filmmakers. Her most recent research focuses on the perception and reception of Japan in French theory, literature, cinema, and dance from 1945 to present, and on the emergence of “néo-japonismes.” She has publications on Maurice Blanchot (Cahiers de l’Herne), Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais, Maurice Pialat, Philippe Forest, Dany Laferrière, and contemporary dance.

Her courses cover theories of the image (Benjamin, Warburg, Rancière, Deleuze), nineteenth-  and twentieth-century literature and visual arts, French New Wave, contemporary French cinema and literature, realisms, relations between dance and literature, and transdisciplinary Franco-Asian dialogue. She has been very involved in graduate teaching and mentoring both within and outside of Romance studies, and is advising students on a wide range of projects.

She is currently serving on the Committee on Information Technology of the Modern Language Association (2018-21), and is the 2019-20 Faculty in Residence for the Duke in France Program (EDUCO). She regularly teaches for the Duke in Paris summer program.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Romance Studies · 2018 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies · 2020 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies · 2020 - Present Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Oxford (United Kingdom) · 2008 Ph.D.