Michael Krimper received his B.A. in French and Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. His current research and writing revisits debates around creative production and work, with a particular focus on the increasingly charged concept of "inoperativity." In his dissertation, he examines how the concept of inoperativity becomes a flashpoint in wartime and postwar literature of the 20th century, especially in French and English language texts but across a transnational spectrum of comparative modernisms. He charts more specifically the genealogical emergence and dispersal of a notably inoperative poetics in writings by Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, and Herman Melville, among others. His research has been supported by a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities (2017-18), a Georges Lurcy Fellowship (2016-17), and a Remarque Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the École normale supérieure in Paris (Fall 2015).