Sabbatical Leave Report
Continental Philosophy | Critical and Cultural Studies | French and Francophone Language and Literature
I was on sabbatical leave during spring 2018. The sabbatical proposal listed three goals:
- creating an online course on Creolization
- working on a book project about the contemporary French novel
- re-familiarizing myself with French culture
I started working on project 1 immediately after returning from my January travel course in Martinique. Once the course has been officially accepted, I am planning to offer the course in the summer of 2019.
For project 2, I completed three chapters for a book project as well as an article on Maurice Blanchot. Both works pertain to the relationship between literature and continental philosophy. While the latter focuses on Blanchot’s attempt at “phenomenologizing” the approach to literary writing, my most recent research interest has focused on the “tragic” as a possible vantage point in the dialogue between literature and philosophy.
My third goal was to re-immerse myself in French culture. Being away from French culture, even though born and raised there and where I spent the first 26 years of my life, exposes me to the risk of growing disconnected and becoming a mere outside spectator of culture rather than a cultural actor. Thanks to the few months I was able to spend in France during my sabbatical, I find myself today on a better footing to teach French culture to Linfield students.
Durand, Thierry, "Sabbatical Leave Report" (2018). Post-Grant Reports. Report. Submission 160.