I am a Ph.D. Candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. I am also a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellow (2013-2017) and a residential fellow in Chicago’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (2016-2018).
My teaching and research interests include 20th- and 21st-century U.S. and Canadian literatures; experimental literature; Francophone and Anglophone continental philosophy and theory (especially French and American feminisms, queer theory, and aesthetic theory); politics and social movements; and the life sciences.
My current research project, “We Don’t Breathe Alone: Forms of Encounter in Anglophone North America Since the 1970s,” explores, across various aesthetic movements and trends, the emergence of breathing as a foremost concept for multiple kinds and scales of encounter–with oneself, the world, alterity, and finitude–at a historical moment when the resources necessary for the reproduction of life, notably breathable air, are widely understood to be endangered. I assemble an archive that spans queer life writing (Dodie Bellamy, CA Conrad, Bob Flanagan), feminist prose and verse (Toni Cade Bambara, Linda Hogan), African American speculative fiction (Samuel Delany, Renee Gladman), and observational documentary (Frederick Wiseman, Allan King) to demonstrate that an aesthetic attention to breathing in contexts where said breathing cannot be taken for granted conveys efforts to configure social and political worlds from openness or vulnerability.
My institutional profile is accessible here.
My email address is tremblay [at] uchicago [dot] edu. I tweet as @jthomastremblay.