Culbert, John

Sessional Lecturer Office: BuTo 810 Office Hours: Phone: 604-822-4867 Email:

M.A., Johns Hopkins
Ph.D., UC Berkeley


  • Modern French literature
  • Travel writing
  • Critical Theory


  • Haunts: Spectrality and Modern Memory


Paralyses: Literature, Travel, and Ethnography in French Modernity (University of Nebraska Press, 2010)

Articles and book chapters
“Moroccan Arrivals,” Mediterranean Review, vol.4, no.1 (June 2011)

“Haunting the Métropole,” Formules 14 (Spring 2010)

“The Well and the Web: Phantoms of Community and the Mediatic Public Sphere,” Postmodern Culture 19.2 (January 2009)

“Border-Crossings/Crossing Borders: Paralyses of Travel in Literature and Anthropology,” Western Humanities Review vol. LX, no.2 (Fall 2006)

“On the Trace of the Other: Rachid Boudjedra’s Timimoun,” L’Esprit Créateur
 vol. XLIII, no.1 (Spring 2003)

“Slow Progress: Jean Paulhan and Madagascar,” October 83 (Winter 1998)

- "Rider," Harvard Review, no. 42 (2012)
- “Killjoy,” Wave Composition, Issue 3 (Winter 2011)
- “Disclaimed,” ZYZZYVA, vol.26 (Winter 2010)


  • MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, 2011
  • Research Associate, Critical Theory Institute, UC Irvine, 2009-10
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Borchard Foundation, Missillac, France, 2008

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