Core Faculty

Administrative Faculty

Geoffrey Bennington - Department Chair

D.Phil., Oxford University, 1984
Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought, French and Comparative Literature. Modern French Literature and Thought; Eighteenth Century Novel; Literary Theory; Deconstruction.

Publications include, Géographie et autres lectures (2011); Not Half No End: Militantly Melancholic Essays in Memory of Jacques Derrida (2010); Deconstruction is Not What You Think (ebook, 2005); Other Analyses: Reading Philosophy (ebook, 2005); Open Book/Livre ouvert (ebook, 2005); Late Lyotard (ebook; 2005); Frontiers (Kant, Hegel, Frege, Wittgenstein) (ebook, 2003); [all ebooks from]; Interrupting Derrida (2000); Frontières kantiennes (2000), Legislations: the Politics of Deconstruction (1995), Jacques Derrida (with Jacques Derrida) (1991); Dudding: des noms de Rousseau (1991); Lyotard: Writing the Event (1988); Sententiousness and the Novel (1985).

Walt Reed - Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., Yale University, 1969
William Rand Kenan, Jr. University Professor, Comparative Literature and English. Romantic Literature; history and theory of the novel; the Bible as literature; literature and psychology.

Publications include, Romantic Literature in Light of Bakhtin (2014), Dialogues of the Word: The Bible as Literature According to Bakhtin (1993), An Exemplary History of the Novel: The Quixotic versus the Picaresque (1981), Meditations on the Hero:  A Study of the Romantic Hero in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1974).

Sean Meighoo - Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D., York University, 2005
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature. Twentieth-century continental philosophy and literary theory; race and postcolonial theory; feminism and queer theory; posthumanism and animal studies.

Publications include, The End of the West and Other Cautionary Tales (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016); "No Logos: Phenomenology, Animal Studies, and Logocentrism," Humanimalia 7, no. 2 (Spring 2016): 161-69; "HumAnI(m)Morality," in Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents, ed. Jonathan K. Crane (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015), 52-62.; and "Suffering Humanism, or the Suffering Animal," Journal for Critical Animal Studies 12, no. 3 (August 2014): 50-74.

Core Faculty

Deepika Bahri

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1992
Director, Asian Studies and Associate Professor, English. Post colonial and multi-cultural studies; fiction; eighteenth-century studies.

Publications include, Native Intellegence: Aesthetics, Politics, and Post Colonial Literature (2003); Co-edited, Realms of Rhetoric (2003); Co-edited Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality (1996).

Angelika Bammer

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982
Associate Professor, German and Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts. Twentieth-century literature and culture; critical and feminist theory; film; Colonial/Post-Colonial Theory.

Publications include, Editor and introduction, Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question (1994), Editor and introduction, The Question of "Home," Special issue of New Formulations: (1992), Partial Visions:Feminism and Utopianism in the 1970's (1991).

Munia Bhaumik

Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 2012
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature. American and World Literatures; political philosophy; post-colonial studies; critical theory; dramatic form; lyric poetry; translation; citizenship; comparative racialization; queer feminism.

Publications include, essays on Alejo Carpentier, C.L.R. James, Ricardo Piglia, and Manuel Puig; essay on Herman Melville (forthcoming).

Bracht Branham

Ph.D., University of California-Berkley, 1983
Professor, Classics and Comparative Literature. The classics and modern thought: Bakhtin, Nietzsche, Diderot; the rhetoric of philosophy and literature: satire, Cynicism, the novel.

Publications include, Edited, The Bakhtin Circle and Ancient Narrative (2005); Editor and introduction, Bakhtin and the Classics (2002); Editor and translator, Petronius's Satyrica (1996); Co-editor, The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy (1996); Unruly Eloquence: Lucian and the Comedy of Traditions (1989).

María M. Carrión

Ph.D., Yale University, 1990
Professor, Comparative Literature and Spanish.  Core faculty in Islamic Civilization Studies, Associated Faculty in Religion.  Early modern studies; Andalusi cultures; architecture and mysticism; theater and the law; early modern science; Caribbean literature and culture; performance theory.

Publications include, Arquitectura y cuerpo en la figura autorial de Teresa de Jesús (1994); Subject Stages.  Marriage, Theatre, and the Law in Early Modern Spain (2010); “La niña de Gómez Arias de Luis Vélez de Guevara, teatro casi imposible” (in La niña de Gómez Arias by Luis Vélez de Guevara. Ed. C. George Peale and William R. Manson, 2015); Puerto Rico (1908-1912). El viaje cartográfico del teniente William H. Armstrong. Eds. María D. Luque and Lanny Thompson. Transl. María M. Carrión and Aurora Lauzardo (forthcoming); essays in journals including Journal of Early Modern Science (forthcoming), Renaissance Drama (forthcoming), Sargasso (forthcoming), Romance Quarterly, eHumanista, Visión Doble, Medieval Encounters, La Corónica, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of the Comediantes, Modern Language Notes, Studies in 20th-century Literature, and Literature Film Quarterly; several studies in collections of essays on early modern ethnobotany, Cervantes, early modern sexualities, Hispanic Mysticism, early modern platform shoes, the Spanish Comedia, and Teresa de Jesús."

Mikhail Epstein

Ph.D., Academy of Sciences USSR, 1990
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature. Russian literature and intellectual history, Postmodern philosophy, semiotics, discourse of love, ideas and electronic media, interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities.

Publications include, Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture (with Alexander Genis and Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover (of 28 chapters, 19 are written by this author), 580 pp. (2016),  From Knowledge to Creativity: How the Humanities Can Change the World (in Russian), Moscow,  2016, Poetry and Superpoetry: On the Variety of Creative Worlds (in Russian). S.–Petersburg,  2016, The Irony of the Ideal: Paradoxes of Russian Literature (in Russian, 2015), From Homo Soveticus to the Bobok Character: Politics on the Edge of Grotesque (in Russian, 2015), Religion after Atheism: New Possibilities for Theology (in Russian, 2013), The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto (2012), PreDictionary: Experiments in Verbal Creativity (2011), " " (2011), Russian Spirituality and the Secularization of Culture (2011). Amerussia. Selected Essays (2007), Cries in the New Wilderness: from the Files of the Moscow Institute of Atheism (2002), Transcultural Experiments: Russian and American Models of Creative Communication (with E. Berry, 1999), Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture (with A. Genis and S. Vladiv-Glover,1999), After the Future: The Paradoxes of Postmodernism and Contemporary Russian Culture (1995), The Philosophy of Body (in Russian, 2006), Word and Silence: The Metaphysics of Russian Literature (in Russian 2006), Mapping Blank Spaces: On the Future of the Humanities (in Russian, 2004), The Philosophy of the Possible: The Modalities in Thought and Culture (in Russian, 2001).

Shoshana Felman

Ph.D., University of Grenoble, France, 1970
Woodruff Professor of Comparative Literature and French. 19th and 20th century French, English and American literature; literature and psychoanalysis, philosophy, trauma and testimony, law and literature; feminism, theater and performance.

Publications include, "The Future of Testimony" (Routledge, 2014), (keynote contributor); and " Barbara Johnson: A Life with Mary Shelley" (Stanford University Press, 2014) (editor and contributor). The Claims of Literature: A Shoshana Felman Reader (2007); The Juridical Unconscious: Trials and Traumas in the Twentieth Century (2002), What Does a Woman Want? Reading and Sexual Difference (1993); Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature Psychoanalysis and History (co-authored with Dori Laub, M.D.) (1992); Jacques Lacan and the Adventure of Insight: Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture (1987); Editor, Literature and Psychoanalysis: The Question of Reading-Otherwise (1982); The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J.L. Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages (2003); Le Scandale du corps parlant. Don Juan avec Austin, ou la Seduction en deux langues (1980); Writing and Madness: Literature/ Philosophy /Psychoanalysis (2003); La Folie et la chose litteraire (1978); La "Folie" dans l'oeuvre romanesque de Stendhal (1971).

Elena Glazov-Corrigan

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1989
Associate Professor, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Publications include, Art after Philosophy: Pasternak's Early Prose (forthcoming in Ohio State University Press); Suggested by Dante: Poetics and Poetry of Osip Mandelstam (with Marina Glazova, in Russian; Kiev, DukhI litera, 2011); Plato's Dialectic in Play: Argument, Structure, and Myth in the Symposium (with Kevin Corrigan; Penn State University Press, 2004); Mandelstam's Poetics: A Challenge to Postmodernism (University of Toronto Press, 2000). Articles in Russian poetry, poetics, and literary theory as well as publications on Speech Act Theory and Shakespeare's Romances.

Elizabeth Goodstein

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996
Professor of English, Comparative Literature and the Liberal Arts. Cultural and critical theory; histories, theories, and representations of the modern and modernity; the rhetoric and genealogy of the disciplines and disciplinarity; interdisciplinary methods and project design.

Publications includeGeorg Simmel and the Disciplinary Imaginary (forthcoming, Stanford UP. See; Experience without Qualities: Boredom and Modernity (2005, awarded the Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book and the German Studies Association/DAAD Book Prize); essays in English and German including “Sociology as a Sideline: Does It Matter That Georg Simmel (Thought He) Was A Philosopher?” in the Anthem Companion to Georg Simmel (2016); “Between Affect and History: The Rhetoric of Modern Boredom,” in Boredom Studies: Postdisciplinary Inquiries (forthcoming); “Simmel’s Stranger and the Third as Imaginative Form” in Colloquia Germanica (2015); “‘Behind the Poetic Fiction’: Freud, Schnitzler, and Feminine Subjectivity” in Psychoanalysis and History (2004); “Das Begehren des Begehrens: Ödipus und die Metamorphose zur Weiblichkeit” in Die Philosophin (1992).

John Johnston

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984
Professor, English and Comparative Literature. Modern and Postmodern fiction, poetry and theory; Media Theory, Science and Technology.

Publications include, The Allure of Machinic Life (2008), Information Multiplicity: American Fiction in the Age of Media Saturation (1998), Carnival of Repetition: William Gaddis' The Recognitions and Postmodern Theory (1990), Editor and Translator, Literature, Media, Information System: Essays by Friedrich A. Kittler. Critical Voices in Theory and Culture Series (1997).

Valérie Loichot

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1996
Professor, French and English. Francophone studies; Caribbean literature and culture; literature of the Americas; postcolonial theory.

Publications include, Orphan Narratives: The Postplantation Literatures of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse (2007); The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature (2013, winner of the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, 2015); and numerous essays on Caribbean literature and culture, Southern literature, creolization theory, transatlantic studies, feminism and exile, and food studies published in journals including Callaloo, Études francophones, French Cultural Studies, The French Review, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, as well as several essays on Edouard Glissant, Edwidge Danticat, Derek Walcott, Octavia Butler, Lafcadio Hearn, Barack Obama.

Elissa Marder

Ph.D., Yale University, 1989
Chair, Department of French and Italian, Professor, French and Comparative Literature. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French, British, and American literature, literary theory, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, film and photography.

Publications include, The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction (Fordham University Press, 2012); Dead Time: Temporal Disorders in the Wake of Modernity (2001); Time for Baudelaire (Poetry, Theory, History). Eds. E.S. Burt, Elissa Marder, Kevin Newmark.  Yale French Studies vol. 125/126 (2014).

Andrew J. Mitchell

Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2001
Associate Professor, Philosophy. Nietzsche, Heidegger; German Romanticism; 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy; Philosophy of Literature; Joyce.

Publications include, The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger (2015); Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space and the Art of Dwelling (2010); co-editor, Heidegger, die Juden, noch einmal (2015); co-editor, Derrida and Joyce: Texts and Contexts (2012); co-editor, The Obsessions of Georges Bataille: Community and Communication (2009); translator, Martin Heidegger, Hegel's "Philosophy of Right" (2014); translator, Martin Heidegger, Insight Into That Which Is: Bremen Lectures. Basic Principles of Thinking: Freiburg Lectures (2012); co-translator, Martin Heidegger, Four Seminars (2003).

José Quiroga

Ph.D., Yale University,1989
Professor, Spanish and Comparative Literature. Twentieth century Latin/o American Literature, Cuban and Caribbean Literature and Cultures, queer theory.

Publications include, The Havana Reader: Culture Society and Politics (Forthcoming); Law of Desire: A Queer Film Classic (2009); Cuban Palimpsests (2005); Sexualidades en disputa (with Daniel Balderston) (2005); Tropics of Desire (2001); Understanding Octavio Paz (2000); Co-editor, 'New Directions in Latino American Cultures' and 'New Concepts in Latino American Cultures" (Palgrave).

Jill Robbins

Ph.D., Yale University, 1985
Professor, Religion. Levinas; Blanchot; Philosophical and Biblical Hermeneutics

Publications include, Editor, Is It Righteous to Be?: Interviews with Emmanuel Levinas (2001); Altered Reading: Levinas and Literature (1999); Prodigal Son/Elder Brother: Interpretation and Alterity in Augustine, Petrarch, Kafka, Levinas (1991)

Deborah Elise White

Ph.D., Yale University, 1993
Associate Professor, English. Romanticism, Nineteenth-century European Literatures, Literary Theory, Aesthetics and Politics.

Publications include, Romantic Returns: Superstition, Imagination, History (2000); essays on Coleridge, Hugo, De Man, Shelley, Benjamin, and Freud; editor's introduction to Irony and Clerisy (1999); a volume in the electronic series Romantic Praxis.