Anne-Gaelle Saliot

Anne-Gaelle Saliot

Associate Professor of Romance Studies

External address: 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.


  • Ph.D., University of Oxford (UK) 2008

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Center of Excellence’s Project of the Year Grant awarded by Cultural Services of the French Embassy (2019)

Collaboration Development Grant awarded by Council for the Arts, Duke University (2012)

Mellon Fellowship for Book Manuscript Completion awarded by Mellon Foundation (2011 to 2012)

Saliot, A. G. The Drowned Muse: Casting The Unknown Woman of the Seine Across The Tides of Modernity. Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 1–373.

Saliot, Anne-Gaelle. “La bibliothèque des cinéastes de la Nouvelle Vague: une forme cinématographique de l’histoire entre mausolée et utopie.” Bibliothèques d’écrivains Lecture et Création, Histoire et Transmission, edited by catherine Mayaux et al., Rosenberg & Sellier, 2019, pp. 381–98.

Saliot, Anne-Gaelle. “La Beauté du ‘contre-geste’, ou détours par le Japon dans la danse française.” Réceptions de La Culture Japonaise En France Depuis 1945 Paris, Tokyo, Paris : Détours Par Le Japon, edited by Kohei Kuwada et al., 2016, pp. 166–76.

Saliot, Anne-Gaelle. “Le cri des oiseaux fous et Pays sans chapeau de Dany Laferrière: départ, retour et rabordaille.” Ecrits d’Haïti Perspectives Sur La Littérature Haïtienne Contemporaine (1986-2006), edited by Nadève Ménard, KARTHALA Editions, 2011, pp. 421–34.

Liandrat-Guigues, S., and J. .. L. Leutrat. “’Interlude: Inconnue de la Seine’.” Alain Resnais. Liaisons Secrètes, Accords Vagabonds., Cahiers du Cinéma, 2006, pp. 116–19.

Philippe Forest, une vie à écrire. Gallimard, Cahiers de la NRF.

Saliot, A. G. “La mort de l’enfant, ou la vérité de la littérature : Sarinagara de Philippe Forest.” French Cultural Studies, vol. 30, no. 1, Feb. 2019, pp. 53–64. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0957155818810679. Full Text

Saliot, A. G. “Jean-Luc Godard et Maurice Pialat lisant Musset : rêves et restes d’une théâtralité romantique.” Studies in French Cinema, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1080/14715880.2018.1558028. Full Text

Saliot, A. G. “Truffaut, Rivette and woman's portrait: Traces, fragments and remnants of the nineteenth century.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, vol. 18, no. 4, Aug. 2014, pp. 395–406. Scopus, doi:10.1080/17409292.2014.938502. Full Text

Saliot, A. C. ““Venir comme des profondeurs d’un tombeau”. Maurice Blanchot, l’Inconnue de la Seine et les images.” Cahiers De L’Herne, edited by D. Rabaté and E. Hoppenot, Editions de l’Herne, 2014, pp. 217–26.

Saliot, A. G. ““Truffaut, Rivette et la femme au portrait: survivances du dix-neuvième siècle”.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies (Sites), edited by Célestin Roger and DalMolin Eliane, vol. 18:3 and 18:4, Routledge, 2014.