A. James Arnold

Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D. University of Wisconsin


Joined U.Va. French faculty in September 1966; founded interdepartmental Program in Comparative Literature in mid-1970s; founded Ph.D. Certificate Program in New World Studies in early 1990s. Emeritus status since January 2008.


Twentieth-Century literature and culture—Surrealism, Existentialism, Literature of Occupation (Second World War); Colonial and Postcolonial literature and theory, Comparative Caribbean literature; taught abroad at University of Paris III (1981); University of Leiden (1995); University of Potsdam (2006).

Major Grants

ACLS Fellow (1975-76);
NEH Fellow (1989-90), NEH Summer Stipend (1977, 1988, 2004);
National Humanities Center (1989-90);
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (1992, 2004);
Fulbright-Hays Fellow (1965-66, 1995);
Rockefeller Foundation (2004);
Visiting Fellow, University of Queensland, Summer 1995;
Trinity College, Cambridge University, Spring 2007.

Editorial Positions

Editor CARAF Books, 1985-1995;
New World Studies, 1992-2005;
Contributing Editor, Plantation Society in the Americas, 1998-;
Advisory Editor The New West Indian Guide, 1992-;
Review: Latin American Literature and Arts, 1999-.2008.
 Director, Archive of Literatures of the Caribbean, 2004-2007.

Recent Scholarship

Editor, Aux quatre vents de la Caraïbe, special number of Critique, Éditions de Minuit (August-September 2006);
A History of Literature in the Caribbean, three volumes edited for the International Association of Comparative Literature between 1994 and 2001.

Recent Published Translations

Aimé Césaire, Solar Throat Slashed, trans. and ed. with Clayton Eshleman, Wesleyan University Press Poetry series, 2011;
Aimé Césaire, The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, trans. and ed. with Clayton Eshleman, Wesleyan University Press Poetry series, 2013.

Poetry Readings (with Clayton Eshleman):

 Wesleyan University Center for the Americas, http://www.wesleyan.edu/americas/mellon/Americas%20Forum%20.html April 5th, 2013;

Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University, http://www.winthropking.fsu.edu/Events/Aime-Cesaire-Centenary, September 30,  2013;

Americas Society in Manhattan on Oct. 24, 2013.

Recent Conferences, Lectures

Prof. Emeritus A. James Arnold co-hosted the colloquium Aímé Césaire: Genèse de l'oeuvre at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris on December 12-13, 2013, during which CNRS-Éditions launched his editorial team's genetic edition of Césaire's literary works: Poésie, Théâtre, Essais et Discours.


“Aimé Césaire et la négritude: 1935-1939.” Les Temps Modernes, no. 676 (November-December 2013): 244-55.

“Recuperating the Haitian Revolution in Literature: From Victor Hugo to Derek Walcott.” Tree of Liberty, ed. by Doris L. Garraway. New World Studies. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008;

“Les lectures de Fanon au prisme américain: Des révolutionnaires aux révisionnistes.” Les Temps Modernes 61.635-636 (2005);

"Créolité: Power, Mimicry, and Dependence." Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas 37.1 (May 2004);

"Institution littéraire, Discours identitaire, supercherie littéraire." Cahiers de l'Association Internationale des Études Françaises 55 (May 2003); "

« Mayotte Capécia » : De la parabole biblique à Je suis Martiniquaise.” Revue de littérature comparée 77.1 (2003);

“Frantz Fanon, Lafcadio Hearn et « Mayotte Capécia ».” Revue de littérature comparée 76.2 (avril-juin 2002).

Poésie, théâtre, essais et discours , Édition Critique ,CNRS Editions (2014)


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