Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Office: AB 4109
B.A. Princeton University (English Literature)
Fields of Research:
Literary theory and philosophy, gender and sexuality studies, media studies
My research concerns the history and practices of literary theory, especially post-war theory in France and its world-wide dissemination. My most recent book is The Theorist’s Mother, which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida. I was the editor and co-translator of Jacques Ranciere’s The Philosopher and His Poor, and have co-edited five other collections of essays. A new book project, “Ventriloquisms,” explores interactions between body and voice across different literary traditions and media forms.
Books (click on image for details):
- Subjects of Responsibility: Framing Personhood in Modern Bureaucracies, edited with Austin Sarat and Martha Merrill Umphrey (Fordham University Press, 2011)
- After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory, edited with Janet Halley (Duke University Press, 2010)
- The Future of the Literary Past (with Meredith L. McGill), PMLA 125:4 (October 2010), 959-967.
- "Editor's Introduction: Mimesis and the Division of Labor," in Jacques Rancière, The Philosopher and his Poor (Durham: Duke UP, 2004), ix-xx
- Performativity and Performance edited with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Routledge, 1995)
- Nationalisms and Sexualities, edited with Mary Russo, Doris Sommer, and Patricia Yaeger (Routledge, 1992)