Bio


Professor Apostolidès was educated in France, where he received a doctorate in literature and the social sciences. He taught psychology in Canada for seven years and sociology in France for three years. In 1980 he came to the United States, teaching at Harvard and then Stanford, primarily French Classical literature (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and drama. He is interested in avant-garde artistic movements such as dada, surrealism, and situationist international; as well as the theory of image, literary theory, and Francophone literature. He is also a playwright, whose work has been staged in Paris, Montreal, and New York.

His literary criticism focuses on the place of artistic production in the French classical age and in modern society. Whether it be the place of court pageantry during the reign of King Louis XIV (Le Roi-Machine, 1981), or the role of theater under the ancien régime (Le Prince Sacrificié, 1985), or even the importance of mass culture in the 1950s (Les Métamorphoses de Tintin, 1984), in each case Professor Apostolidès analyzes a specific cultural product both in its original context and in the context of the contemporary world. His most recent books are Les Tombeaux de Guy Debordin 1999, L'Audience in 2001, Traces, Revers, Ecarts in 2002, Sade in The Abyss in 2003, Héroïsme et victimisation in 2003,Hergé et le mythe du Surenfant in 2004. The tools required for such analysis are borrowed from literary criticism and from the social sciences, particularly psychoanalysis, anthropology, and sociology.

In his books, Professor Apostolidès interprets the works of the past as witnesses of our intellectual and emotional life. His examination of the distant or near past seeks to make us more sensitive to the social changes that are taking place now, in order to improve our understanding of the direction in which contemporary society is moving.

Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, French and Italian

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Executive Editor, Stanford Literature Review
  • Executive Editor, Stanford French Review
  • Chair of the Department of French and Italian, Stanford University

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Guy Debord, twenty years later CRITIQUE Apostolides, J. 2015; 71 (814): 225-234
  • Lettre à Hergé Apostolidès, J. Bruxelles, Belgique: Les Impressions nouvelles. 2013
  • Konoshiko Apostolidès, J. Les Impressions Nouvelles. 2012
  • Trois Solitudes: D.A.F. de Sade, Marie Lafarge, Josefa Menéndez Apostolidès, J. Harmattan. 2012
  • Les rituels de Luc Giard Colosse Apostolidès, J. 2012
  • The Big and Small Theatres of Guy Debord TDR-THE DRAMA REVIEW-THE JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE STUDIES Apostolides, J. 2011; 55 (1): 84-103
  • Buvons, buvons et moquons-nous du reste Apostolidès, J. Paris: L'Harmattan. 2011
  • Dans la peau de Tintin Apostolidès, J. Paris: Les Impressions Nouvelles. 2011
  • Héroïsme et victimisation Apostolidès, J. Paris: Editions du Cerf. 2011
  • The ghost of Cyrano in the works of Jean Anouilh ETUDES LITTERAIRES Apostolides, J. 2010; 41 (1): 29-?
  • The metamorphoses of Tintin, or, Tintin for adults Apostolidès, J. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 2010
  • Theodore Kaczynski: Le Manifeste de 1971 et L'avenir de la société industrielle (preface and translation) Translated by Apostolidès, J. Paris: Editions Climats. 2009
  • L'audience: roman familial Apostolidès, J. Bruxelles: Les Impressions Nouvelles. 2008
  • Herge and the myth of the superchild YALE FRENCH STUDIES Apostolides, J. 2007: 45-57
  • Les Tombeaux de Guy Debord Apostolidès, J. Paris: Editions Flammarion. 2006
  • Les métamorphoses de Tintin Apostolidès, J. Paris: Editions Flmmarion. 2006
  • Cyrano: qui fut tout et qui ne fut rien Apostolidès, J. Paris: Les Impressions Nouvelles. 2006
  • Il faut construire l'hacienda Apostolidès, J. Paris: Impressions Nouvelles. 2006
  • Ivan Chtcheglov, profil perdu Apostolidès, J. Paris: Allia. 2006
  • Sade in the Abyss Apostolidès, J. Nel Mezzo della Vita Press. 2003
  • Tintin et le mythe du surenfant: essai Apostolidès, J. Bruxelles: Moulinsart. 2003
  • Héroïsme et victimisation: une histoire de la sensibilité Apostolidès, J. Paris: Exils. 2003
  • L'archipel Tintin Apostolidès, J. Paris: Impressions Nouvelles. 2003
  • The royal entrance and urban ideology in the 17th century DIX-SEPTIEME SIECLE Apostolides, J. M. 2001: 509-520
  • L'audience: récit Apostolidès, J. Paris: Exils éditeur. 2001
  • Les tombeaux de Guy Debord: précédé de Portrait de Guy-Ernest en jeune libertin Apostolidès, J. Paris: Exils éditeur. 1999
  • L'affaire unabomber Apostolidès, J. Monaco: Editions du Rocher. 1996
  • FROM SURREALISM TO THE SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL - THE QUESTION OF IMAGE MLN-MODERN LANGUAGE NOTES Apostolides, J. M. 1990; 105 (4): 727-749
  • CORNEILLE,LIVY AND THE BUILDING OF ROME + 'HORACE' POETIQUE Apostolides, J. M. 1990: 203-222
  • THE PARADOX OF THE 'ENCYCLOPEDIE' + DIDEROT,DENIS STANFORD FRENCH REVIEW Apostolides, J. M. 1990; 14 (3): 47-63
  • THE GUILLOTINE AS A REPRESENTATION OF THE REVOLUTION IN FRENCH-LITERATURE FRENCH REVIEW Apostolides, J. M. 1989; 62 (6): 985-996
  • PINOCCHIO, OR MALE EDUCATION AS SEEN BY COLLODI,CARLO AND DISNEY,WALT - A COMPARATIVE-STUDY LITTERATURE Apostolides, J. M. 1989: 19-28
  • MOLIERE AND THE SOCIOLOGY OF EXCHANGE CRITICAL INQUIRY Apostolides, J. M. 1988; 14 (3): 477-492
  • 17TH-CENTURY THEATER AS A PLACE OF (IMAGINARY) SACRIFICES OF KINGS STANFORD FRENCH REVIEW Apostolides, J. M. 1985; 9 (1): 5-16
  • Le prince sacrifié: théâtre et politique au temps de Louis XIV Apostolidès, J. Paris: Editions de Minuit. 1985
  • THE UNIQUE AND THE PROBLEM OF DOUBLES + FIGURE OF THE DOUBLE IN THE WORKS OF HERGE - TINTIN IN 'OREILLE CASSEE' STANFORD FRENCH REVIEW Apostolides, J. M. 1984; 8 (1): 87-103
  • Les métamorphoses de Tintin Apostolidès, J. Paris: Segher. 1984
  • La nauf des fous: drame en cinq actes Apostolidès, J. Paris: A. Michel. 1982
  • ROYAL ENTERTAINMENT AT THE VERSAILLES-COURT UNDER LOUIS-XIV ESPRIT CREATEUR Apostolides, J. M. 1981; 21 (3): 26-34
  • Le roi-machine: spectacle et politique au temps de Louis XIV Apostolidès, J. Paris: Editions de Minuit. 1981
  • FATHER FIGURE AND FEAR OF TYRANT IN 17TH-CENTURY REVUE FRANCAISE DE PSYCHANALYSE Apostolides, J. M. 1980; 44 (1): 5-14
  • PERCEPTION OF TIME AND DRAMATIC CATEGORIES IN THE 17TH-CENTURY STANFORD FRENCH REVIEW Apostolides, J. M. 1979; 3 (3): 383-395