Seth Whidden

“Confrontation and Métissage in French Rap's Latest Wave: Binary Audio Misfits, Oxmo Puccino, and Zone libre”

Seth Whidden is associate professor of French at Villanova University. His research focuses primarily on nineteenth-century French literature, particularly poetry. An Associate Editor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies, he is coeditor of Parade sauvage and Revue Verlaine, the scholarly journals devoted to the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, respectively.

His current works in progress include a monograph on poetic authority during Second Empire France.

His book-length publications include a monograph, Leaving Parnassus: The Lyric Subject in Verlaine and Rimbaud (Rodopi, 2007), and edited volumes of essays entitled La Poésie jubilatoire: Rimbaud, Verlaine et l'Album zutique (Éditions Classiques Garnier, 2010), and Models of Collaboration in Nineteenth-Century French Literature: Several Authors, One Pen (Ashgate, 2009), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Jan. 2011). He co-edited a volume of articles entitled Marie Krysinska: Innovations poétiques, combats littéraires (PUSE / PU de Lyon, 2010) and a critical edition of Paul Verlaine's Chair / Hombres (Textuel, 2009). He also edited, updated, and added translations, notes, and a foreword to Arthur Rimbaud: Complete Works, Selected Letters (Chicago, 2005), the translation of reference for Rimbaud's work. His critical edition of Rythmes pittoresques (Exeter, 2003), Marie Krysinska's first volume of poetry, was a finalist for the 2003 Prix Chartier, and his recent critical edition Marie Krysinska's Poèmes choisis, suivis d'Essais critiques was published with the Presses Universitaires de Saint-Etienne.

He has also published articles and translations on Rimbaud, Verlaine, and Krysinska, as well as on baseball for foreigners and French hip-hop culture (particularly rap music and graffiti).