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Tanguy Harma

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PositionGraduate Trainee Tutor
Email t.harma (@gold.ac.uk)
Tanguy Harma

Born and educated in France, Tanguy graduated in English studies at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, where he wrote his MA dissertation on Jack Kerouac. He was then offered a position as a French language assistant at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis before relocating to London to start a PhD programme.

Now a graduate tutor and PhD candidate at the department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, Tanguy is currently writing his PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Caroline Blinder. Through a combination of theoretical frameworks ranging across Existentialist theory, the Transcendentalist tradition and the Sublime, the thesis explores the paradoxical nature of the processes of self-creation and self-destruction in selected writings of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

Academic qualifications

  • BA in English Studies from University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France (2006)
  • MA in English Studies from University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France (2009)
  • PhD candidate at the ECL department of Goldsmiths (estimated date of submission: June 2017)

Teaching

  • Seminar tutor for ‘Approaches to Text’, ECL department, Goldsmiths, London, 2015-2017
  • Co-chair of GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar), ECL department, Goldsmiths, London, 2014-2015
  • French Language Assistant, French and Italian department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Sept – Dec 2009
  • Tutor at the English department of Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier (France), 2008-2009

Professional activities

Tanguy is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, as well as a member of the European Beat Studies Network.

Featured work 

  • December 2014: ‘The Words I Put in your Mouth: The Sexual Politics of Rambling, Direct and Indirect Style in Kerouac’s Tristessa’. Published in Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, ed. by Feryal Cubukcu, vol. 158, pp.337-42.
  • September 2014: ‘The Semiotics of Power: Corrupting Sign Systems in Contemporary American Exceptionalism and in Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis’. Published in the European Journal of American Culture, ed. by John Wills, vol. 33/3, pp.195-208.
  • April 2014: ‘The Glamorisation of Death in Kerouac’s Tristessa through the Phenomenon of the Sublime’. Published in GLITS-e – Electronic Journal of Literary and Cultural Criticism, ed. by Johanna Franklin, Jasmine Richards and Michael Simpson, vol. 4.
  • February 2014: ‘A Spenglerian Re-reading of Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’’. Published in Bakea – History in Western Literature, ed. by Zekiye Antakyalioglu, pp.519-26.

 

Research Interests

My research interests include 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture, 19th-century American Transcendentalism, 20th-century European Existentialism, and intercontinental movements of philosophy.

Publications

Article

'The Words I Put in Your Mouth: The Sexual Politics of Rambling, Direct and Indirect Style in Kerouac's Tristessa'
Harma, Tanguy. 2014. 'The Words I Put in Your Mouth: The Sexual Politics of Rambling, Direct and Indirect Style in Kerouac's Tristessa'. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 158, pp. 337-342. ISSN 1877-0428

The Semiotics of Power: Corrupting Sign Systems in Contemporary American Exceptionalism and in Breat Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis
Harma, Tanguy. 2014. The Semiotics of Power: Corrupting Sign Systems in Contemporary American Exceptionalism and in Breat Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. European Journal of American Culture, 33(3), pp. 195-208. ISSN 1466-0407

The Glamorisation of Death in Kerouac's Tristessa
Harma, Tanguy. 2014. The Glamorisation of Death in Kerouac's Tristessa. GLITS-e, 4,

'A Spenglerian Re-reading of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl''
Harma, Tanguy. 2013. 'A Spenglerian Re-reading of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl''. BAKEA - History in Western Literature, pp. 519-526.

Conference or Workshop Item

Kerouac’s Vision of Anguish: An Interpretation of the Dynamics of Dis-integration in Big Sur
Harma, Tanguy. 2017. 'Kerouac’s Vision of Anguish: An Interpretation of the Dynamics of Dis-integration in Big Sur'. In: EBSN 6th Annual Conference, Paris. Paris, France 20-22 Sept 2017.

'The Intuitive Self Made Supreme: An Existentialist Reading of Emersonian Transcendentalism through Sartre’s Concepts of Nothingness and Engagement'
Harma, Tanguy. 2016. ''The Intuitive Self Made Supreme: An Existentialist Reading of Emersonian Transcendentalism through Sartre’s Concepts of Nothingness and Engagement''. In: GLITS. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 13 October 2016.

'A Song of Beauty and Death: Kerouac’s Music of Sublimity in Tristessa'
Harma, Tanguy. 2016. ''A Song of Beauty and Death: Kerouac’s Music of Sublimity in Tristessa''. In: 5th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network (EBSN). Manchester, United Kingdom 27-29 June 2016.

From Sartre to Mailer: Civilisational Nothingness, Commitment, and the Immanence of the here-and-now in Allen Ginsberg’s 'Howl'
Harma, Tanguy. 2015. 'From Sartre to Mailer: Civilisational Nothingness, Commitment, and the Immanence of the here-and-now in Allen Ginsberg’s 'Howl''. In: 4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network. Univversité Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium 28-31 October 2015.

‘‘All Wet Black Sunken Earth Danger’: Cosmic Alienation and Disintegration in Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur'
Harma, Tanguy. 2015. '‘‘All Wet Black Sunken Earth Danger’: Cosmic Alienation and Disintegration in Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur''. In: ‘Environments: Landscapes and the Mind’. Goldsmiths, London, United Kingdom.

‘The Words I Put in your Mouth: The Sexual Politics of Rambling and Direct Style in Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa’
Harma, Tanguy. 2014. '‘The Words I Put in your Mouth: The Sexual Politics of Rambling and Direct Style in Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa’'. In: 14th International Language, Literature and Stylistics Symposium (ILLS). Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey 15-17 October 2014.

‘A Commitment to Self-Destruction: The Glamorisation of Death in Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa through the Phenomenon of the Sublime’
Harma, Tanguy. 2014. '‘A Commitment to Self-Destruction: The Glamorisation of Death in Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa through the Phenomenon of the Sublime’'. In: GLITS. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom Weekly seminar every Thursday evening.

'Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl': A Spenglerian Re-reading of the Poem'
Harma, Tanguy. 2013. ''Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl': A Spenglerian Re-reading of the Poem''. In: Third International BAKEA Symposium (Western Cultural and Literary Studies). University of Gaziantep, Turkey 9-11 October 2013.

'From Co-optation to Self-referentiality: Corrupting Sign Systems in William Gaddis’s Carpenter’s Gothic, Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis'
Harma, Tanguy. 2013. ''From Co-optation to Self-referentiality: Corrupting Sign Systems in William Gaddis’s Carpenter’s Gothic, Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis''. In: 'American Exceptionalism(s)’. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 15 June 2013.

‘Reclaiming Autonomy: The Rhetoric of Contrary’
Harma, Tanguy. 2012. '‘Reclaiming Autonomy: The Rhetoric of Contrary’'. In: 2012 Goldsmiths Postgraduate Symposium. Goldsmiths, London, United Kingdom.