Serge Doubrovsky

In Memoriam

Our former colleague professor emeritus Serge Doubrovsky died last Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Docteur-ès-Lettres and a former student of l'École Normale Supérieure, Serge Doubrovsky became Professor of French Literature at New York University in 1966. He subsequently taught at Harvard University, Smith College, Brandeis University, and at NYU-Paris from 1972. In 2012, he was awarded the Medal of Honor of the Center for French Civilization and Culture.

Serge Doubrovsky was a known scholar of 17th-century France, critical theorist, and writer. He forged the term "autofiction" to describe his work of fictionalized autobiography and published numerous volumes of autobiography, including Fils (Galillée, 1977), Le Livre brisé (Grasset, 1989), Un homme de passage (Grasset, 2011). His critical work includes Corneille et la dialectique du héros (Gallimard, 1963), and Autobiographies. De Corneille à Sartre (PUF, 1988).