Eric Prieto


Office Location

Phelps 5317


Professor of French
Affiliate in Comparative Literature
Director of Graduate Studies and vice-chair in Comparative Literature


Educational Background

  • New York University, 1989-97, MA 1991, Ph.D. 1997
  • École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay/Saint-Cloud, 1994-5
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1984-8, BA 1988, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Université de Paris III, 1986-7

Academic Awards and Distinctions

  • Regents' Humanities Faculty Fellowship, UCSB Fall 2008.
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Faculty Award, UCSB, 2002
  • Faculty Career Development Award, UCSB, 1999, 2002
  • Dean's Award for Best Dissertation in the Humanities, NYU 1997
  • Bourse Chateaubriand, 1994-95
  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, 1988-89

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century literature and Theory
  • Francophone Literature and culture; Postcolonial Theory
  • Music and literature
  • Spatial studies; geocriticism

Selected Publications


  • Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • Listening In: Music, Mind, and the Modernist Narrative. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

Selected Articles:

  • "Geocriticism Meets Ecocriticism: Bertrand Westphal and Environmental Thinking." Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies. Ed. Robert Tally and Christine Battista. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016. 19-36.
  • "Towards a Geocriticism of Shanty Literature." Géocritique: état des lieux/Geocriticism: A Survey. Eds. Bertrand Westphal & Clément Lévy. Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2014, 118-125.
  • "Settling Scores with Vinteuil: Musical Textures in Proust and Echenoz." Romance Studies, Vol. 32 No. 2, April 2014, 99–111.
  • "Koffi Kwahulé’s Coltranean Theatre of Cruelty.” Modernist Cultures 8.1 (2013), 138–156.
  • "Adaptation and Adaptability in Arnold Schoenberg's Moses und Aron." Forum for Modern Language Studies Vol. 48, No. 2 (2012), 118-133.
  • "Geocriticism, Geopoetics, Geophilosophy, and Beyond." Geocritical Explorations: Space, Place, and Mapping in Literary and Cultural Studies. Ed. Robert Tally Jr. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2011. 13-27.
  • "Edouard Glissant, Littérature-monde, and Tout-monde." Small Axe 33 (November 2010), 111-120.
  • "Swung Subjectivity in Jacques Réda." Paragraph 33:2 (2010), 230-245.
  • "Paris à l'improviste: Jacques Réda, Jazz, and Sub-Urban Beauty." SubStance, #119, Vol. 38, no. 2, 2009, 1-24.
  • "Musical Imprints and Mimetic Echoes in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe." L'esprit créateur, Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer 2007. 17-32.
  • "The Uses of Landscape: Ecocriticism and Martinican Cultural Theory." Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture. Ed. DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M, Rene?e K. Gosson, and George B. Handley. University of Virginia Press, 2005. 236-246.
  • "Deleuze, Music, and Modernist Mimesis." Word and Music Studies, Vol VII. Ed. Suzanne Lodato and Walter Bernhart. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2005. 3-20.
  • "Rhetoric of the Belleville Novel." Sites: The Journal of 20th-Century/ Contemporary French Studies, Vol 8. No. 1, January 2004. 31-41.

Work in Progress

  • Currently working on a book on the geopoetics of shanty towns and squatter cities.
Quarter Course Title
Spring 2013 CL 200 Contingency in Caribbean Literature (with Juan Pablo Lupi)
Winter 2013 FR 154G Post-Colonial Cultures
Fall 2012 FR 104B Writing the Self
Spring 2012 FR 104B Writing the Self
Winter 2012 FR 26 Advanced Composition
Winter 2012 FR 154G Post-Colonial Cultures
Fall 2011 CL200/Fr230B Pan-Caribbean Literature
Fall 2011 C LIT 34 Literature of the Americas
Spring 2011 Fr 149D Post-War Avant-Gardes
Spring 2011 Fr 104B Writing the Self

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