Maxime Bey-Rozet holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French in May 2020, where he also obtained a Ph.D. certificate in Cultural Studies. His dissertation, Irredeemable: Céline, Extreme Cinemas, and the Opacity of Trauma identifies and evaluates the legacy of French novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline in 21st century so-called "extreme cinemas." He contends that extreme films - films like I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noé, 1999), In My Skin (Marina de Van, 2002) and Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005) - fall outside of what Leo Bersani has called a "culture of redemption." In their representations of systemic and historical traumas, these films refuse to order and make sense of catastrophic experience, favoring instead discursive opacity, as a way of encouraging the audience to conduct a critical investigation of their own.
Maxime's research has been published in Studies in French Cinema and the French journal Écrans. He is currently editing a special issue of French Screen Studies on 21st century French horror cinema, and he is also working on an article about the representation of the Paris massacre of 17 October 1961 in Caché. A versatile instructor, he has experience teaching literature, culture, and film courses in both the French program and the Film and Media Studies program, as well as a long record of teaching French language at all levels.