John Engle is a Maître de conférences, or associate professor, at the Department of Anglo-American Literature and Civilization at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var. A UCLA PhD and fourth-generation Southern Californian who has lived in France for more than thirty years, he has written and spoken on an eclectic range of subjects, including modern poetry, the history of education, intercultural communication and study abroad, Bruce Springsteen, Horatio Alger, and the Irish composer Seán O Riada. In 2003 he edited a special issue of Twentieth Century Literature on "American Writers and France." In addition to his contributions to Bright Lights Film Journal, he has recently written on film adaptations of Jane Eyre and the meaning of cinematic time travel to the Middle Ages.
Long have you timidly waded holding a plank by the shore, Now I will you to be a bold swimmer, To jump off in the midst of the sea, rise again, nod to me, shout, and laughingly dash with your hair. — Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
“If Kechiche treats political tragedy, then, it is first by creating abundantly detailed, richly convincing comédie humaine, and nowhere is this more apparent than in what is justly considered his major achievement, La Graine et le Mulet.”