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Jean-Christophe Cloutier

Jean-Christophe Cloutier

Assistant Professor of English

Fisher-Bennett Hall 316
215-898-5864

Office Hours

fall 2019

On leave Fall 2019

Jean-Christophe Cloutier received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, an M.A. from SUNY Buffalo, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and English from Concordia University, Montréal, in his native Québec (Canada). At Columbia, he also worked as an archivist in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library where, among other collections, he processed the papers of Samuel Roth, Erica Jong, and former publisher of Grove Press, Barney Rosset.

His latest book, Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature (Columbia University Press, 2019), focuses on the archival investments of midcentury African American novelists and brings to life a slew of newly-discovered primary texts as it sketches the troubled history of black special collections in the U.S.

Cloutier is the editor of La vie est d'hommage (Éditions du Boréal, 2016), a comprehensive volume of Jack Kerouac's original French writings culled directly from the Kerouac Archive. He has also translated into English Kerouac's two French novellas, "Sur le chemin" [On the Road: Old Bull in the Bowery] and "La nuit est ma femme" [The Night is My Woman], for the Library of America volume The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings (2016) edited by Todd Tietchen.

Cloutier is also co-editor to a scholarly edition of Claude McKay's Amiable with Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem (Penguin Classics, 2017; paperback 2018), a previously unknown novel by Claude McKay composed in 1941. Edited in collaboration with Brent Hayes Edwards, the edition provides extensive historical contextualization of the novel's composition and a discussion of its implications for our understanding of McKay's late career.

His work is featured in the catalogue, Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem, published by Steidl in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation and The Art Institute of Chicago. This catalogue accompanies a photography exhibition at the AIC that was held from May 21 to August 28, 2016, and for which Cloutier acted as consultant and contributor.

In addition to abiding interests in translation, narrative medicine, aging, and science fiction, his teaching and research fall largely within 20th Century and contemporary American literature, and also involve popular culture, notably comics and cinema. Here at Penn, he regularly teaches comics studies and has been co-teaching, with cartoonist extraordinaire Rob Berry, a creative writing seminar on “Making Comics.”  See: https://makingcomicsatupenn.wordpress.com

His essays, reviews, and translations have been published in Modernism/Modernity, NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Cinema Journal, Public Books, Journal of Beat Studies, The Capilano Review, Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes, A Time for the Humanities, UMBR(a), Transmission II, and others.

Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

"Les Travaux de Jean-Louis Kérouac" in La vie est d'hommage (2016)
"Translator's Note" in The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished & Newly Translated Writings (2016)
"Batman: Year 100" in Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes (2012)
"The Naked Archive" in Le Dérivateur (2011)
"The Comic-Book World of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man" in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (2010)

Courses Taught

spring 2019

ENGL 122.301 Making Comics  

fall 2018

fall 2016

ENGL 103.001 Comics and Graphic Novels  
ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy  

spring 2016

ENGL 122.301 Making Comics  

fall 2015

ENGL 016.304 Kerouac in Context  

spring 2015

ENGL 122.301 Making Comics  

spring 2014

fall 2013

ENGL 260.301 The Graphic Novel