Director- Alexandre Leupin
Alexandre Leupin received his PhD summa cum laude from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1981. With his first book, Le Graal et la littérature (L’Âge d’homme, 1983), Alexandre Leupin, drawing on Jacques Derrida’s philosophy, established himself as a pioneer of the renewal of Medieval studies through contemporary theory. His second work, Barbarolexis, Medieval Literature and Sexuality (Harvard, 1989; Italian translation, Cuculibri, 1992) is a fundamental exploration of sexual metaphors in Medieval and Renaissance literature, grounded on rhetoric, theology and psychoanalysis as remapped by Jacques Lacan. Fiction et incarnation (Flammarion, 1993) redraws the relationship between religion and literature. An English version was published by the University of Minnesota Press in February 2003.
Another of his books, La passion des idoles, foi et pouvoir dans la Bible et la Chanson de Roland was published by L’Harmattan (2000). Phallophanies, la chair et le sacré, is devoted to the fundamental debate between idols and icons in modern culture, and was published by les Éditions du Regard in 2000. His seventh book, Lacan Today, Psychoanalysis, Science, Religion, an introduction to Jacques Lacan’s entire work was published by The Other Press, New York, in December 2004. Les entretiens de Baton Rouge, is comprised of interviews of Édouard Glissant and was published by Gallimard, France, in 2008. Proust en bref, a collection of Marcel Proust’s aphorisms with a preface, has just been published by Furor in Geneva. Édouard Glissant, philosophe: Héraclite et Hegel dans le Tout-Monde, a foundational book on Glissant's theory was published by Hermann, Paris in 2016.
Alexandre Leupin has directed three international colloquia, “Lacan and the Human sciences” (which he prefaced and edited for the University of Nebraska Press, 1991), “La Chose médiévale – The Medieval Thing” in 1991, and "Louisiane/Antilles: Un espace/temps partagé" in 2016. His interest for the often neglected relationship between the sciences and humanities led him to become associate editor of the web journal Chair et metal. In 2006, Alexandre founded the online journal Mondes Francophones, which has published more than 1700 articles by 250 authors from all over the world. He is a member of the editorial boards for the journals @nalyse and Exemplaria. Alexandre Leupin is the author of numerous articles and reviews on a multiplicity of topics (medieval French literature, modern French literature, psychoanalysis, epistemology, and religious studies); he has given numerous lectures (mostly by invitation) in Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Germany, Portugal and the USA.
Alexandre Leupin has taught as a lecturer at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; at Miami University, Miami, OH (assistant professor 1982-1983). Since 1983, he has taught in the Department of French Studies at Louisiana State University, where he is a Phyllis M. Taylor distinguished Professor. He was a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (1991) and Berkeley (1996), and the University of Poitiers, France (2001). In May 2012, he was invited as a Distinguished Fellow by the Zenturm fur Mittelalterlichen und Renaissancestudien, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany. He received an ATLAS grant from the Board of Regents in 2014-2105. He is a Distinguished Research Master (Louisiana State University) and a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature, France in 2000 and Knight of the Palmes Académiques in 2016.
In September 2016, Professor Leupin received a grant from the Partner University Fund and the French cultural services of the Embassy in New York. The amount of the grant, $235,000, is the largest ever granted to the Department of French Studies at LSU and the largest ever for a collaboration between LSU and the French governement.
Alexandre Leupin was appointed the director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies in September 2015.