In 2012, Kyle Young received his BA in French and Philosophy from Western Kentucky University, where he completed an honors thesis entitled “Reviving the Surrealist Revolt: A Retracing of Surrealism’s History and a Reimagining of its Future in Translation.” After finishing his undergraduate studies, Kyle taught English in Bordeaux, France through the TAPIF program. In 2016, Kyle received his MA in French from Washington University in St. Louis. His area of interest is the early twentieth-century avant-garde, and the surrealist movement in particular. He is currently studying Surrealism’s involvement with politics and how literary experimentation was used to express and/or overcome political pessimism in interwar France. Kyle has served in the past as the peer mentor for the French graduate program and will serve as the Graduate Council representative for Romance Languages and Literatures for the 2017-18 academic year.