BA, Concordia University, Montreal; MA, French literature, McGill University; PhD in Romance languages, Princeton University. Prof. Trudel is the author of La terreur à l’œuvre: Théorie, poétique et éthique chez Jean Paulhan (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, coll. “L’imaginaire du texte,” 2007). He is also coeditor of “Tout peut servir”: Pratiques et enjeux du détournement dans le discours littéraire des XXe et XXIe siècles (Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2011) and Jean Paulhan on Poetry and Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2008). He recently oversaw a special issue of the online journal LHT entitled Crises de lisibilité (16, 2016) and an issue of the journal Esprit Créateur devoted to the “Avant-garde and Arrière-garde in Modernist Literature” (53, 3, 2013), both with Jan Baetens. Articles on modern and contemporary French and Francophone literature.
BA, MA, PhD, New York University. Matthew Amos teaches at all levels in the French Studies Program, as well as in First-Year Seminar. He specializes in mid-20th-century French literature and philosophy (Blanchot, Bataille, Sartre, Paulhan), although recently he’s taken a particular interest in the 17th century and its many revolutions—scientific, religious, and philosophical. He’s worked extensively in the translation of contemporary French prose, notably the work of Pascal Quignard (The Hatred of Music, Yale, 2016) and Patrick Chamoiseau (Migrant Brothers, Yale, 2018). At Bard since 2014.
AB, MA, PhD, Harvard University. Marina van Zuylen is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Bard College. She was educated in France before receiving a BA in Russian literature and a PhD in comparative literature at Harvard. She is the author of Difficulty as an Aesthetic Principle, Monomania, and The Plenitude of Distraction. She has published in praise of some of the most beleaguered maladies of modernity—boredom, fatigue, idleness, mediocrity—and written about snobbery, dissociative disorders, and obsessive compulsive aesthetics. She has published extensively on the work of Jacques Rancière and has written about art and aesthetics for MoMA and other art-related venues. She has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and the University of Paris VII. She is the national academic director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities (clemente.bard.edu), a free college course for underserved adults, and accepted on its behalf a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2014. She is presently writing Good Enough, a book about the unsung virtues of classical and modern mediocrity. At Bard since 1997.
Professor of Philosphy; Guest Lecturer, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
BA, MA, Johns Hopkins University; PhD, Yale University. Specialization in continental philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, Freud, and environmental ethics. Author of Hegel’s Grand Synthesis, Hegel’s Theory of Madness, and The Ethics of Authorship: Communication, Seduction, and Death in Hegel and Kierkegaard. Articles and reviews in journals including Clio, Environmental Ethics, History and Theory, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Human Ecology Review, Idealistic Studies, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, International Philosophical Quarterly, International Studies in Philosophy, Journal of European Studies, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Ludus Vitalis, Man and World, Nous, Metaphilosophy, Modern Language Notes, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, Religious Studies, Review of Metaphysics, Social Theory and Practice, and Southern Journal of Philosophy. Contributor to The Dictionary of Existentialism. Editorial board, Topoi Library. Advisory Council, Hastings Center Program in Ethics, Science, and the Environment. At Bard since 1984.
BA, Tufts University; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University. Primary field: Western Medieval Art, in particular Gothic Art and Architecture in Germany; secondary field: Islamic Art. Professor Boivin’s research focuses on the dynamic interactions among figural art, architecture, and devotion/liturgy. She is interested in the spatiality of Late Medieval churches, in the diverse functions of architectural space, and in the ability of form to communicate meaning. She is currently writing a book on the city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber as well as a study of street passages included beneath Medieval churches. Awards and Fellowships: Post Doctoral Fellowship, Université de Montréal (2012–13); Society of Architectural Historians Rosann S. Berry Conference Fellowship (2013); Fulbright Research Grant, Germany (2011–12); British Archaeological Association Conference Travel Grant (2012); DAAD Research Grant, Germany (2011). Publications: “The Chancel Passageways of Norwich,” in: British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions (forthcoming); “Villard Bound and Unbounded,” in: AVISTA 18, no. 1/2 (2008); “Der Lettner in Gelnhausen,” in: Gelnhäuser Geschichtsblätter (2007).
BA, Princeton University; MA, MPhil, PhD, New York University. Recipient, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2006), W. B. H. Dowse Fellowship (2003–4), Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship (2003–4, 2004–5). Specialization in early modern Atlantic world history, colonial America, slavery, and empire. Author of "Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France" (Cornell University Press, 2014). At Bard since 2006.
Associate Professor of Art History and Photography
BS, MA, Illinois State University; MA, PhD, Princeton Unviersity. National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend (2000); Model/Blum Fellow, National Gallery of Canada (1995); Fowler-McCormick Research Fellowship, Princeton University (1993). Author ofVictor Regnault and the Advance of Photography: The Art of Avoiding Errors(Princeton University Press 2005). Contributor, Louis Robert, L’Alchimie des images (1999); The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (1997); Thomas Eakins and the Heart of American Life (1993); Larry Fink 55 (Phaidon Press, 2003). At Bard since 1996.
BA, Bard College (1989); MA, PhD (History), Princeton University. Subjects: 18th-Century France, Early Modern Europe, French Empire, History of the Book. Author of Rumor, Diplomacy and War in Enlightenment Paris (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2014). Current research is on French royal power, extradition, and the emergence of modern, political subjectivity. At Bard since 2000.
Diploma in Musicology, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest; PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Program annotator, Cleveland Orchestra (1990– ); editor, Bartók and His World (Princeton University Press, 1995); contributor, Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra and Cambridge Companion to Bartók; articles in Orbis Musicae, International Journal of Musicology, Institute for Canadian Music Newsletter, Hungarian Quarterly, others. Visiting assistant professor, Oberlin College (2003– ); has also taught at Case Western Reserve University, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, John Carroll University, Kent State University. At Bard since 2007.
PhD, University of Cincinnati; LL, Sorbonne, Paris. Postdoctoral research fellow, Columbia University, Syracuse University. Guest professor, New School University and universities of Belgrade, Cologne, Singapore, and Aix-en-Provence. Recipient of awards from New York Council for the Humanities, New School University. Publications: Constant Factors in Translation; Sound and Structure of English; Rilke’s Duino Elegies; Bertolt Brecht in Mandarin; Le Bateau Sobre;numerous reviews, biographies, translations. At Bard 1962–2003. Professor Emeritus of Languages and Literature.
Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature; Chair of Medieval Studies
AB, Bryn Mawr College; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Author of The Inner Lives of Medieval Inquisitors (University of Chicago Press, 2011); Truth and the Heretic: Crises of Knowledge in Medieval French Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2005); The Interrogation of Joan of Arc (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), and numerous articles on medieval French and Occitan literature. At Bard since 1993.