Schmitt Arnaud – Research fellow 2020-2021

Posted on November 19, 2019


Research themes

  • Life Writing (Visual and Textual)
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • American Philosophy
  • Literary Theory (Narratology, Cognitive Poetics)

Current Project

I am currently working on a new book focusing on the text/image relationship in memoirs written by American photographers.

Research Supervision

  • Life Writing (textual and visual)
  • Contemporary American Novel
  • American Philosophy


  • Habilitation qualifications (2012, Supervisor: Thomas Pughe, Orléans University), University of Orleans, Habilitation Thesis: “A pragmatist reading of contemporary American literature”
  • PhD, University of Bordeaux (2003, Supervisor: Yves-Charles Grandjeat, Bordeaux 3 University): “Narrative figures and narrative stakes in Philip Roth’s Zuckerman novels” (1st Class honours)


  • 2012- : Full Professor, University of Bordeaux
  • 2003-2012: Associate Professor, Montesquieu University (Bordeaux 4)

Administrative Responsibilities

      • “Layers of Deception in Ian McEwan’s Atonement: A Dialogue,” Jaëck, N. & Schmitt A., NARRATIVE, Vol. 27, No. 3 (2019): 353-374.
      • “From Autobiographical Act to Autobiography,” Life Writing, 15.4, 2018, pp. 469-486.
      • The Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making it Real, New York, Routledge, 2017.
      • “Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: A Real Life in a Novel,” Kjerkegaard S. & Schmitt A., a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 31-3, 2016, pp. 553-579. [the 2016 Hogan Prize for an outstanding essay published in a volume of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies]
      • « Cognition et Hybridité. Le lecteur dans la zone grise », Cahiers de Narratologie [En ligne], 28 | 2015, mis en ligne le 29 octobre 2015. URL :