Jean-Thomas Tremblay


Research Interests: 

20th and 21st century American literature; experimental literature; Francophone and Anglophone continental philosophy and theory (especially French and American feminisms, queer theory, and aesthetic theory); politics and social movements; history of the life sciences; history of ecology.

Dissertation Title: 

"We Don't Breathe Alone: Relationality and Form in Anglo-America, 1970s to Today"


20th/21st Century Workshop (co-coordinator in 2016-2017)


Peer-Reviewed Essays and Book Reviews

Non-Peer-Reviewed Essays and Book Reviews

  • How Sia Kept Breathing and Became a Formalist.” PopMatters (2016).
  • Mortality Will Be Sexy,” a review of Dodie Bellamy’s When the Sick Rule the World. Review 31 (2016).
  • A review of Elizabeth A. Wilson’s Gut Feminism. Make Magazine (2016).
  • I’m Just Normal,” an essay on “Queer Theory without Antinormativity.” Arcade (2015).
  • After the Fall,” a review of Edan Lepucki’s California. The Oxonian Review (2014).
  • Toxic Literature,” a review of Darragh McKeon’s All That Is Solid Melts into Air and Heather Houser’s Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect. Public Books (2014).


I am a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellow, as well as a Ph.D. candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. I hold a Graduate Certificate in the Study of Gender and Sexuality from the same institution. My dissertation project investigates the aesthetics and politics of breathing in contemporary U.S. literature (1970s to today). More specifically, I explore the formal purchase of breathing: the way its temporal, spatial, and subjective structures impact aesthetic form.

Teaching Experience: 

University of Chicago
Instructor (Millennium Approaches: Imagining History and the Present in the Late 20th Century), Autumn 2016
Course Assistant (Objects, Things, and Other Things), Autumn 2015

McMaster University
Teaching Assistant (Film Analysis; Studying Culture: An Introduction), Autumn-Winter 2012-2013