(MOTTE, WARREN F., Jr. - 2016) -- Professor of Distinction uri icon



  • CU Boulder’s newest professor of distinction has an unusual claim: he is CU Boulder’s sole chevalier, or knight, in the French Order of the Academic Palms. The award, first created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808, recognizes the efforts made by both French citizens and foreigners who are dedicated to the promotion of French culture.
    Motte, who specializes in contemporary French literature with an emphasis on experimental, avant-garde and other subversive forms of fiction and poetry, joined the CU Boulder faculty in 1987. He is author of seven books, most recently Mirror Gazing (Dalkey Archive Press, 2014), a study of over 12,000 mirror scenes in literature. Additionally, he has edited eight volumes of literary criticism, including the first published study of the renowned French writer Georges Perec, the authoritative book on the form of experimental writing known as Oulipo and innovative studies of other writers.

year awarded

  • 2016