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Antoine Traisnel is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Michigan. His comparatist approach is informed by his dual training as a close reader of American Literature in France and as a scholar of critical theory in the US; he holds doctorates in American Literature from Université Lille 3 (2009) and Comparative Literature from Brown University (2013). His published books, essays, and translations span the fields of American, French, and German Literature; critical and literary theory; biopolitics and ecocriticism. He is author of: Capture: American Pursuits and the Making of a New Animal Condition (U Minnesota Press, 2020); Donner le change: L’impensé animal (Hermann, 2016), co-written with Thangam Ravindranathan; Hawthorne: Blasted Allegories (Aux Forges de Vulcain, 2015). He is the translator of Sheppard Lee (Aux Forges de Vulcain, 2017).


His most recent research reads literary and cultural texts as biopolitical technologies. It examines earlier literary, historical, and theoretical footholds of the administration of life, concerns made all the more urgent in our moment of escalating necropolitical and environmental crises.

Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Cultural and Critical Theory in the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University (2013-15).