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Gaëtan Brulotte studied at Laval University (Quebec City), and earned his Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Paris VII -Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences sociales (France), under the direction of renowned French critic, Roland Barthes. His defense jury included French scholars Julia Kristeva (chair) and Jean Bellemin-Noël.
He is Distinguished University Professor of French & Francophone Studies at USF. He also taught in his field at other universities in the US, Canada and France, including the U. of California at Santa Barbara, the U. of New Mexico at Albuquerque, the U. of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, the Grenoble III U. in France and the Sorbonne (Paris V).
So far he has single-authored a dozen books and edited or co-edited numerous others. He specializes in 20th and 21st century French & Francophone Literature, but his research tries to build bridges between cultures and literatures as well as disciplines, especially critical theory, anthropology, sociology, history, and fine arts. As a scholar, he has published extensively on censored or marginalized literary genres in French (such as the Erotic and short story). Besides his critically acclaimed Oeuvres de chair: Figures du discours érotique, his scholarly books include a collection of critical essays on contemporary French literature, Les cahiers de Limentinus; a cultural study on a 20th C. Canadian painter, L'univers de Jean Paul Lemieux; a philosophical essay on literature and creative writing, La chambre des lucidités; and La nouvelle québécoise, the first historical survey of short story production in French Quebec from the 19th C. to present times. Among other book publications, he has co-edited with a British colleague an Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature in two volumes (Routledge), the very first work of its kind to offer a comprehensive description of those innumerable works, written in many different languages throughout our known history, in which ‘sex-talk’ is the dominant discourse. This project involved 400 contributors from various parts of the world.
Dr. Brulotte has also published around 300 articles and book reviews, which appeared as chapters of books or in periodicals, in such volumes and journals as Poétique, Revue des Sciences Humaines, Revue des Deux Mondes, L'Arc, Travaux de littérature, Revue d'esthétique, Médium, Atelier du Roman (France); Etudes Littéraires, Liberté, XYZ, Nuit Blanche, Les Ecrits, The University of Toronto Quarterly (Canada); Dialogues francophones ( Romania); Paragraph (England), The Comparatist, Etudes francophones, The French Review, Sites, Stanford French and Italian Studies (USA). Throughout his career he has also given over 200 invited presentations in his field, either at regional, national and international conferences (such as Cerisy-la-Salle in France, U. College Dublin, Columbia U., U. Paris IV-Sorbonne) or on tours (including in Central Europe, France and Morocco) and as featured speaker at a variety of institutions (such as Princeton U., Georgetown U., Rutgers U., Duke U., U. of Texas-Austin, Brigham Young U., U. of Toronto, U. of Granada, Birkbeck College-U. of London). He was awarded over 200 grants and contracts, and regularly serves on literary juries (such as in 2012 the prestigious Governor of Canada Literary Award), on journals’ editorial boards (six as of 2014) and as reviewer for publishing firms (such as Yale UP, UT Press, and Oxford UP).
As an award-winning and widely anthologized Francophone creative writer, he has published five collections of short stories, a novel and a play which was premiered at the Avignon Drama Festival. Some of his fiction works were adapted for cinema, television, stage and radio, as well as translated into several languages, including English, Italian, Spanish, German, Serbian, Tamil (India), Romanian, and Hungarian. They are also featured in some 30 anthologies and textbooks (including at Cambridge UP, Penguin Books, Houghton-Mifflin, Heinle & Heinle). Some were published in periodicals from various countries including Australia, Italy, Romania, Serbia,Hungary, Belgium,France, the US and Canada. Concerning his works and his vision of literature, education and culture, he has given near 200 interviews, whether on television -including recently a featured 30-minutes one at Vox Television, Canada-; on radio, such as France-Bleu, Radio Ville-Marie, Radio-Canada on prime-time shows and on the US popular show Montel Across America; for periodicals, such as Encres vagabondes (France), Quebec Studies and Lingua Romana (USA), Gentlemen Quarterly, Le Petit Journal de Rome and Focus Magazine in Italy, Danas and Dvernik in Serbia, Dialogues francophones in Romania; as well as for scholarly books or Internet sites, including Playboy Magazine.
Over the years, Brulotte's publications received favorable reviews world-wide, including in the Time Literary Supplement (London), The French Review (USA), L’Humanité (Paris), Littératures (France), Le Devoir, Globe and La Presse (Montreal), Le Soleil and Québec français, (Quebec City), The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Modern Language Review (England), Lettres romanes (Belgium) Transcanadiana(Poland), to name a few. He made the cover of the 2005 winter issue of the Canadian literary magazine Lettres québécoises. His works are also subject of theses, dissertations and courses at a number of colleges and universities around the world, as well as of communications and sessions at conferences. These critical activities about his works include a monograph entitled Gaëtan Brulotte: Une Nouvelle Ecriture edited by C. Fisher (NY: Mellen, 1992), a collection of critical essays by seventeen scholars -won in Strasbourg the 1992 International Prize for Francophone Studies. A Romanian scholar, Margareta Gyurscik, has completed in 2013 a new 200-page monograph on Brulotte’s work, Gaëtan Brulotte ou la lucidité en partage.
Dr. Bulotte is in numerous Who’s Who and a member of many professional associations, including the International PEN Club, the SACD (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Dramaturges, Paris), the EAT (Ecrivains Associés du Théâtre, Paris), the UNEQ (Union des Ecrivains québécois, Montreal).
At his current institution (USF), he was selected "Artist-Scholar of the Year" by the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 1998; in 1999, he received the "Theodore & Venette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award"; in 2003, the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence; in 2004, the Outstanding Research Achievement Award, and in 2005, the honorific title of Distinguished University Professor, the highest title of this university.
To know more please visit these web sites:
www.gbrulotte.com (bilingual site: French/English)
http://www.litterature.org/recherche/ecrivains/brulotte-gaetan-104/ (in French)
http://www.cead.qc.ca/_cead_repertoire/id_auteur/1360 (in French)
http://www.eatheatre.fr/espace-adherent/728.html (in French)