Chris Clarke

Visiting Assistant Professor


Ph.D. The Graduate Center (CUNY), French. 2020

M.A. New York University, Literary Translation, 2012

B.A. Honours, Simon Fraser University, French, 2011

Areas of Expertise

Translation studies, Literary translation, 19th-21st century French literature, especially interwar literature, the contemporary novel, and the group Oulipo, French cinema.


Dr. Christopher Clarke (PhD, 2020, French, The Graduate Center, CUNY) teaches in the Translation Studies program. He is a co-editor of the online journal Hopscotch Translation, editor of the UConn-based World Poetry Review, and co-edited the literary anthology Praxis (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Manchester, UK, 2021). His translations from French and Spanish include books by Raymond Queneau, Pierre Mac Orlan, Éric Chevillard, and Julio Cortázar, among others. He was awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for fiction in 2019 for his translation of Marcel Schwob’s Imaginary Lives, a prize for which he was a finalist in 2017 for his translation of Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano’s In the Café of Lost Youth. His critical writing has appeared in Sites: Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Francospheres, MLN (Modern Language Notes), and elsewhere. Chris has been a member of the creative translation collective Outranspo since 2014.

Selected Translations:

  • Raymond Queneau, The Skin of Dreams. Forthcoming, NYRB Classics, Summer 2023.
  • Julio Cortàzar & Julio Silva, What the Mugwig Has To Say & Silvalandia. Sublunary Editions, 2022.
  • Éric Chevillard, The Posthumous Works of Thomas Pilaster. Sublunary Editions, 2021.
  • Ryad Girod, Mansour’s Eyes. Transit Books, 2020. Longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize, 2021.
  • François Caradec, Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World. M.I.T. Press, 2018.
  • Marcel Schwob, Imaginary Lives. Wakefield Press, 2018. Awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, 2019. Awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, 2016.
  • Pierre Mac Orlan, Mademoiselle Bambù , illustrated by Gus Bofa. Wakefield Press, 2017.
  • Patrick Modiano, In the Café of Lost Youth. NYRB Classics, 2016. Finalist for the French-American Foundation Prize, 2017. Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award (BTBA), 2017.



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