Faculty



Alain Borer

Professor of the Practice of French

Contact Information
E-mail: aborer@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3700
Office: THH 126

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Biographical Sketch

Alain Borer (born in Luxeuil, France, 1949) is a poet, art critic, essayist, novelist, playwright, writer-traveler and eminent authority on the works of Arthur Rimbaud. He has been Professor of Art at l’École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Tours since 1979 and Visiting Professor of French Literature at the University of Southern California since 2005. He recently received the Kessel Prize for his novel Koba (Seuil, 2002), as well as the 70th Apollinaire Prize for his play Icare & I don’t (Seuil). In 2010, Alain Borer was awarded the 10th Pierre Mac Orlan Prize for Le Ciel & la carte, carnet de voyage dans les mers du Sud à bord de La Boudeuse (Seuil), and the Maurice Genevoix Prize from the Academie Française in 2011. Alain Borer was made a Knight (1985), then Officer (1993) of Arts and Letters in the French Legion of Honor, and is President of the Printemps des poètes association. Alain Borer additionally received the Édouard Glissant Prize in 2005, awarded by the University of Paris VIII for all of his achievements.

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

  • Professor of the Practice, University of Southern California, Fall 2011   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests
After having devoted thirty years to the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, and written essays on art and literature, I am writing a four volumes book on a theory of poetry.
Research Keywords
French poetry, Rimbaud, Semiology, theory, aesthetics
Research Specialties
French literature
Detailed Statement of Research Interests

On peut dire de la poésie qu’elle a disparu. A la suite de réactions en chaîne, autant de révolutions, la poésie, mondialisée avec Rimbaud et Whitmann, a explosé : aucune définition ne pourrait plus rendre compte de ce qui se réclame encore de ce nom. Ma recherche fait le point sur cette proposition, en décrivant l'extension des aires de définition de « la poésie » jusqu'à ce que la notion en soit totalement diffuse. Puis nous proposons une typologie des formes de pensée, qui définit, par le « noème », en huit propriétés, « cela » qui fut toujours et en toute culture « la poésie».


Publications


Essay
  • BORER, A. TRAITÉ DU NOÈME.
  • BORER, A. (2000). DÉPLORATION DE JOSEPH BEUYS. Lausanne. Bibliothèque des Arts.
  • BORER, A. (1991). RIMBAUD L'HEURE DE LA FUITE. Paris. Gallimard.
  • BORER, A. (1991). RIMBAUD D'ARABIE. Paris. Seuil.
  • BORER, A. (1984). RIMBAUD EN ABYSSINIE. pp. 450. Paris. Seuil.

Novel
  • BORER, A. (2010). LE CIEL & LA CARTE. Paris. Seuil.
  • BORER, A. (2002). KOBA. Paris. Seuil.

Poem
  • BORER, A. (2007). ICARE & I DON'T. Paris. Seuil.

Teaching Innovations and Multimedia Teaching

  • Use of films, songs, power point, 2010-2011   

Honors and Awards

  • Prix Maurice Genevoix de l'Académie française, 2011-2012   
  • Prix Mémoire de la mer, 2010-2011   
  • Prix Pierre Mac Orlan, 2010-2011   
  • Prix Apollinaire , 2008-2009   
  • Prix Edouard Glissant 2005, 2005-2006   
  • Prix Kessel, 2002-2003   
  • Prix de l'essai de l'Académie française, 1985-1986   

Service to the University

Other Service to the University
  • invitation of a French playwriter JEAN-PIERRE SIMÉON, october 22-28, Fall 2011   
  • Invitation of a French novelist JEAN ROUAUD Winner of the Prix Goncourt 1990, november 2010, Fall 2010   
  • Videoconference with the poet EDOUARD GLISSANT, from New York Invitation of a French poet and translator JACQUES DARRAS, Fall 2009   
  • Invitation of two French poets ZÉNO BIANU & ANDRÉ VELTER, Fall 2008