Tanguy Harma

Born and educated in France, Tanguy graduated in English studies at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, where he wrote his MA dissertation on Jack Kerouac. He was then offered a position as a French language assistant at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, before relocating to London to start a PhD programme.

Now a graduate tutor and PhD candidate at the department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, Tanguy is currently writing up his PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Caroline Blinder, which focuses on selected writings of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Using theoretical frames ranging from the Sublime to Existentialism and the Transcendentalist tradition, the thesis examines the paradoxical ways in which Kerouac and Ginsberg explored the creative potential of strategies of destruction and death in their writings.