Jean-Jacques Thomas

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Jean-Jacques Thomas is Melodia E. Jones Chair in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. He is the Associate Director of Canadian Studies for Québec Affairs and Programs. From 1990 to 2004 he was the Director of the Institute of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He taught at the Université de Paris-VIII, the University of Michigan, Columbia University and Duke University; for three years he was a Visiting Professor at UQAM; in 2005 he was appointed Associate Faculty Member at the Centre d'Etudes Poétiques of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is a member of the COS (Comité d'Orientation Scientifique - International Expert, Humanities) for the French Universities of Aix-Marseille (Provence, Méditerranée, Paul Cézanne). He has published several books on poetics and contemporary French literature: Lire Leiris: essai d'étude poétique d'un fonctionnement analinguistique (Paris, 1972); Poétique générative (Paris, 1978); Poética Générativa (Buenos Aires, 1982; new and augmented edition, 1989); La langue, la poésie (Lille, 1989); Yves Bonnefoy: A Concordance (New York, 1990); La langue volée (Berne, 1990). With Steven Winspur he co-authored Poeticized Language (Penn State Press, 2000). He translated into French The Semiotic Web [La Toile sémiotique] by Thomas Sebeok (Bruxelles, 1981) and Semiotics of Poetry [Sémiotique de la poésie] by Michael Riffaterre (Paris, 1983). He is a founding editor of the European journal FPC (2003) and Director of Formules (2008). He is an associate editor of Poetics Today; he is a member of the editorial boards of Studies in 20th-Century Literature, Sub-Stance, and a former member of the Advisory Editorial Committee of PMLA. He is Directeur Littéraire (Editor-in-chief) of PUNM (New Orleans). He was chair of several MLA divisional committees and an elected member of the Delegate Assembly (1993-1998 Theoretical linguistics; 2001-2004 -- Politics of the Profession). Under the name of Ixcopy1 he is the author of several "cinessays" that combine digital animation and critical analysis. With AL Adler he is the author of "Compuvision" a technology that inaugurated computer-generated graphics for television (University of Michigan, 1974). He received a 2009-2010 DHIB grant to create a digital on-line database of French contemporary poetry; he is establishing a web on-line version of Formules and he is a member of the group creating the new web journal Becoming Poetics affiliated with the Poetics program at the University at Buffalo