Delogu, C. Jon 1963-

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Delogu, C. Jon 1963-

(Christopher Jon Delogu, Bobby Watson)


Born August 27, 1963, in Madison, WI; son of Orlando (a professor of law) and Judith (a librarian) Delogu; married Francoise Gilbert (a professor of Spanish), February 26, 2000; children: Rose, Daniel. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Dartmouth College, B.A., 1985; Yale University, Ph.D., 1991. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, biking, tennis, sailing.


Home—Toulouse, France. Office— Université de Lyon 3, 6 Cours Albert Thomas, 69355 Lyon cedex 8, France. E-mail—[email protected].


Connecticut College, New London, visiting professor of French, 1991-92; Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France, professor of English, 1992-94; Université de Toulouse 2, Toulouse, France, associate professor of English and maitre de conferences, 1994-2003; Boston University, Boston, MA, visiting professor of writing, 2003-04; Université de Lyon 3, Lyon, France, professor, 2003—. Visiting professor at Dartmouth College and Hampshire College.


Modern Language Association of America, American Comparative Literature Association, Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur, Phi Beta Kappa.


(Translator) Emmanuel Todd, After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2003.

(Translator) Julia Kristeva, Murder in Byzantium (novel), Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2005.

Emerson: Philosophe, poete et prophete de l'Amerique (monograph), Les Perseides (Rennes, France), 2006.

(Translator) Michel Chion, Un art sonore: le cinema, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor of essays and articles to periodicals, including Profession, Chronicle of Higher Education, Thought and Action, European English Messenger, and PMLS. Also writes under pseudonym Bobby Watson.


C. Jon Delogu told CA: "I am a refugee from the culture wars, crisis of the humanities, and general Ph.D. glut in the United States. I have been living and working at large French state universities since 1994, with occasional teaching and research stints back in the States, most recently at Boston University. I broke into the French university system at a time when it was opening up to foreigners and looking for native English speakers. Having been granted the French equivalent of tenure after only one year of probation, I have since been free to pursue interests that the high-stakes tenure pressure in the United States would not have allowed. Thus, in addition to teaching literature, translation, and topics in American history, I've also been able to write fiction and poetry. Though France has its share of bureaucracy, I am thankful for the human scale of the work world here and its social sanity."