College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Van Kelly

Department of French and Italian
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9073
Wescoe Hall
Room 2073
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1982
M.A. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1976
B.A. Vanderbilt University, 1974
 

About

Van Kelly specializes in contemporary French and Francophone studies with emphases on modern poetry, the recent novel /« autofiction », cinema, and comparative urban cultures. His teaching and research focus on the conjuncture of tactile expression and sequencing (gesture, rhythm, image, sound and silence, pov, montage, collage) with broader questions of self-crafting and ideology (liberation and resistance, human rights, immigration, social and political thought, utopias and dystopias, urban space).  He is a member of the Centre de recherches sur le roman des années cinquante au contemporain (CERACC, Université de Paris III-Sorbonne nouvelle) and of the African Studies Association. 

Teaching

Recent Graduate Courses Taught

Introduction à la poésie moderne:  Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Char, Césaire.

Fantômes de la Décision:  Perec, Le Clézio, Modiano, Volodine, Ndiaye,

Le Pays et dépaysement, d’Apollinaire et Proust à Guillevic, Duras et Le Clézio

French Culture Through Film, Origins to 1950

Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

Paris, City of Legends, City of Light

French Culture Through Film, 1950 to Present

Film Inside France and Beyond 

Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Selected Publications

Recent and Selected Publications

"The Ambiguity of Individual Gestures:  Revisions of World War I in Abel Gance's Film J'accuse, Alain’s Mars ou La guerre jugée, and Bertrand Tavernier’s La vie et rien  d’autre.” South Central Review 17.3 (Fall 2000):  6-34.

“Passages beyond the Resistance : René Char’s Seuls demeurent and its Harmonics in Semprun and Foucault.”  Sub-stance 32.3 (2003): 110-32.

“La poésie de René Char:  un parcours initiatique des arts de l’espace, du Tombeau des secrets à Recherche de la base et du sommet,” In La bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet:  archive de la modernité.  Michel Collot, Yves Peyré, and Maryse Vassevière, eds.  Paris:  Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle et Editions des Cendres, 2007. 188-209.

“À la lisière de l’horreur:  Jorge Semprun et ses retours à Buchenwald.” In À la baïonnette et au scalpel:  comment l’horreur s’écrit.  Eds. Caroline de Mulder and Pierre Schoentjes. Romanica Gandensia XXXVIII.  Geneva:  Droz, 2009.  149-161.

“Du bon usage des ruines :  feux croisés de Céline et Volodine.”  Écritures de la guerre aux XXe et XXIe siècles.  Eds. Marie-Hélène Boblet and Bernard Alazet.  Dijon, France Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, 2010.  143-153.

“Jorge Semprun’s Broken Mirror:  The Broader Text of Resistance, the Shoah, and Camps in L’écriture ou la vie and Le retour de Carola Neher.”  L’Esprit créateur 50.4 (Winter 2010): 20-33.

“Ghérasim Luca, Mental Capture, and the Omega Point.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 15:5 (Dec. 2011):  563-572.

“Mythes contrastés de la France résistante:  René Char et Charles de Gaulle.” La France des écrivains : éclats d'un mythe littéraire.  Eds. Marie Odile André, Marc Dambre, and Michel P. Schmitt, eds.  Paris:  Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2011.  41-51.

“Ghérasim Luca, Mental Capture, and the Omega Point.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 15:5 (Dec. 2011):  563-572.

“Tentation du minimalisme et puissance du bricolage: Jean Echenoz vs. Agnès Varda.” Romanciers minimalistes 1979-2003.   Marc Dambre and Bruno Blanckeman, eds. Colloque de Cerisy.  Paris:  Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2012.  271-281.

“Difficile traversée : Dakar, Gorée, et les passeurs dans « Barsa, ou barsaq » de J.-M. G. Le Clézio.” Special issue:  “J.-M. G. Le Clézio, nouvelliste: des fièvres aux fantaisies.” Romans 20-50, no. 55 (June 2013):  51-64.

“La Rhétorique d'HHhH: entrer dans le virage avec Binet, Heydrich, Gabčik et Kubiš.” In Mémoires occupées: Fictions françaises et Seconde Guerre mondiale. Marc Dambre, Christopher D. Lloyd, Richard J. Golsan, eds. Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2013. 137-144.

“Sols/seuils de la légende et du mythe dans Ourania de J.-M. G. Le Clézio. »  In Chances du roman, charmes du mythe, Marie-Hélène Boblet, ed.  Paris :  Presses de la Srobonne Nouvelle, 2013.  179-187.

“La poésie de Jude Stéfan entre le lisible et le scriptible.” In L’illisibilité en questions, Bénédicte Gorillot and Alain Lescart, eds.  Lille :  Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2014.  233-241.

Current Research Projects

Tale of Spaces:  Paris-Dakar

René Char’s Totalities, 1938-1948


Giving

Diversity

Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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