Dr Annick Ettlin

Visiting Research Fellow

Sep 2016 - Nov 2016

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University of Geneva


Dr. Annick Ettlin is a Research and Teaching Fellow in French Literature at the University of Geneva. She is specialized in the study of modern poetry (1870-1990) and aims to explore the ways in which modern writers produce literary beliefs, spread among a wide audience and available for their own use. Her thesis, Mallarmé et l’Existence littéraire, was defended in 2014 and will appear as a book at the beginning of next year. Before coming to Edinburgh, Annick Ettlin has worked and pursued her research at the University of Geneva, at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and at the University of Vincennes.


Poetic Disenchantments (Rimbaud, Valéry, Eliot, Ponge)

This project considers the contributions of Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Valéry, and Francis Ponge (1873-1992) to a re-definition of the uses of poetry in the modern era, and to a complex, ambiguous, both lucid and utopian re-enchantment of literature. I argue that their poetic as well as theoretical works interrogate the values of the modern tradition, paving the way for a new pragmatics of reading and writing, and opening onto various and original understandings of what could be the social, epistemological or even practical meanings of literary action.