In Progress


With my third book project I return to sixteenth and seventeenth century French literature and visual arts with Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, Jean Léry, Charles Perrault, Nicolas Poussin, and lesser known European missionaries sent to the Americas. Early/Modern/Futures takes up and develops the idea of a cultural memory of transience introduced in Perishability Fatigue as a means to historicize contemporary politics of termination and conservation. This time, the objective is twofold. First, the book interrogates how concepts debated within early modern studies, such as the notion of anachronism, can redirect our attention to the ways climate modelling, theories of extinction, and predictive science deal with issues of temporality, vulnerability, and transience. Second, it examines how a concept like extinction alters the terms of our contract with the past in early modern studies.

Related Publications and Talks:

2017     “Ice Cold Grief: 1610 and the Orbis Hypothesis,” Panel: “Bordering Perceptibility.”  American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Utrecht University.

2016    “Terraforming and other Speculative Landscapes.” Panel: “From Extraction to Exhaustion.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Harvard University.

Health Humanities

Related Publications and Talks:

2018     "Cancer Culture avant la lettre." Somatosphere.

2018    “The Lives of Cancerous Men.” Sous les pavés: 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium, Brown University.

2017    “Health Humanities in Modern Languages.” Guest lecture at the University of New Hampshire, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

2017    “The Rhetoric of Disability Extinction.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Arizona State University.

2014    “Medical Humanities in the Exhausting Present.” Networking Humanities Lecture Series, University of Southern California.

2014    “Penser les humanités médicales entre culture littéraire et culture de la vie.” Esprit Créateur 54.3 (2014): 106-117. [Special Issue “La pensée littéraire/Thinking Literature,” edited by Oana Panaite.]