Pierre Azou is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (2012) and a master’s degree in Public Affairs (2014) from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po.), as well as a master’s degree in French Literature from the Université La Sorbonne-Paris IV (2017). As part of these degrees, he also spent two years as an exchange student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, studying English and German (2011-2012) and English and Italian (2015-2016). Just before coming to Princeton, he was a French Teaching Assistant at Lycoming College, Pennsylvania, on a year-long Fulbright fellowship.
From a critical theory perspective, he is broadly interested in the relationship between literature, cinema and politics as it evolved from the start of the 20th century to the present, and more specifically in their interaction when addressing (or giving birth to) extreme phenomena (from the Revolution to climate change to terrorism). One line of inquiry of choice consists in bringing recent political and literary theory to bear on forgotten, neglected and/or controversial figures, pairing them with more established ones.
Other interests include: Masculinity, Posthumanism, Animal studies, Film noir, Catholic writers.