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Professor of English
Courtesy Professor in Department of Communication Studies

Selected Publications

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Worldlessness After Heidegger: Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020. (More)

The Naked Communist: Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture. New York: Fordham UP, 2013. (More)

Selected Articles

“‘Death by water’: Moby-Dick und die Propheten der Heteronomie,” in Heteronomieästhetik der Moderne: Jenseits literarischer Autonomie, Ed. Irene Albers, Marcus Hahn, and Frederic Ponten. DeGruyter Press, 2022. 125-151.

On Acosmic Realism,” Filozofksi vestnik 42.2 (2021): 159-180.

The Conspiracy of Objects,” Filozofksi vestnik 41.3 (2020): 225-243.

With Sorin Cucu, “Moby-Dick and Perpetual War.” In Handsomely Done: Aesthetics, Politics, and Media After Melville. Ed. Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2019. 13-34.

“Georges Bataille and the Hatred of Poetry.” In Philosophy and Poetry: A Continental Perspective. Ed. Ranjan Ghosh. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019. 56-68.

“Current Trends in Philosophy and Translation.” The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Philosophy. Ed. Piers Rawling and Philip Wilson. New York: Routledge, 2019. 157-170.

“Towards an Aesthetics of Worldlessness: Béla Tarr and the Berlin School.” In The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts. Ed. Marco Abel and Jaimey Fischer. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2018. 317-334.

A World Without the Novel.” Continental Thought and Theory 2.3 (December 2018): 70-90.

With Marco Abel, “Biopolitical Education: The Edukators and the Politics of the Immanent Outside.” with Marco Abel, Studies in Twentieth and Twentieth-Century Literature (Fall 2016).

“Perpetual Final Judgment: Giorgio Agamben and the Destruction of Judgment.” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 20.1 (Fall 2015): 255-280.

“Stalin’s Boots and the March of History (Post-Communist Memories).” Cultural Critique 83 (Winter 2013): 31.62.

“The Parapraxis of Translation.” CR: The New Centennial Review 12.1 (Spring 2012): 47-68.

“Affirmative Judgments: The Sabbath of Deconstruction.” parallax 56.3 (2010): 74-84.

“The Mother Tongues of Modernity: Modernism, Transnationalism, Translation.” Journal of Modern Literature 33.2 (Winter 2010): 24-46.

“Deconstruction and Experience: The Politics of the Undeconstructible.” In A Leftist Ontology: Beyond Relativism and Identity Politics. Ed. Carsten Strathausen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 125-146.

“Faulkner in the Fifties: The Making of the Faulkner Canon.” Arizona Quarterly 63.2 (Summer 2007): 81-107.

“Freud and the Prophetic.” Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society 11.3 (December 2006): 265-81.

Edited Book Series

Provocations, co-edited with Marco Abel, published by the University of Nebraska Press. From the Press: “The Provocations series will offer ambitious, polemical texts that exist outside the traditional formats of academic discourse (longer than an academic article and shorter than a standard monograph) and will concentrate on broad philosophical and theoretical subjects involving the humanities. Seeking to fill a hole in the field of the theoretical humanities, books in the series will take a strong stand on a contemporary debate or issue with the humanities and propose a clearly formulated (even if controversial) intervention.” (More)

Edited Book

Zoltán Kulcsár-Szabó, Tamás Lénárt, Attila Simon, Roland Végső (Eds.), Life After Literature: Perspectives on Biopoetics in Literature and Theory. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020. (More)

Edited Journal Issues

“The Event of Translation.” CR: The New Centennial Review 12.1 (Spring 2012). (Articles by Bruce Fink, Barbara Cassin, Kevin Attell, and Nathan Henne.)

Co-editor (with Alexei Di Orio), “War and Psychoanalysis.” Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious (2004). (Articles by Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau, Gil Anidjar, Ariella Azoulay, Diane Rubenstein, Sam Gillespie, Sigi Jöttkandt, Petar Ramadanovic.) (More)

Selected Translations


Peter Szendy. All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage. New York: Fordham UP, 2016 (From French to English). (More)

Rodolphe Gasché. Georges Bataille: Phenomenology and Phantasmatology. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012 (From German to English). (More)

Selected Articles

Christoph Menke, “Yes and No, Adorno or Badiou: The Negativity of the Subject,” in Badiou and the German Tradition of Philosophy. Ed. Jan Völker. London: Bloomsbury, 2019. 147-170. (From German to English)

Barbara Cassin. “The Relativity of Translation and Relativism.” CR: The New Centennial Review 12.1 (Spring 2012): 23-45. (From French to English)

Eva Geulen. “The Function of Ambivalence in Agamben’s Re-Ontologization of Politics.” A Leftist Ontology: Beyond Relativism and Identity Politics. Ed. Carsten Strathausen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 19-32. (From German to English)

Werner Hamacher. “The Relation.” CR: The New Centennial Review 8.3 (2008): 29-69. (From German to English)

Rodolphe Gasché. “Dé-lire: Bataille and the Delirium of Reading.” theory@buffalo 12 (2008): 8-33. (From German to English)

Henry Corbin, “Of Apophatic Theology as Antidote to Nihilism.” Umbr(a) 2007: 59-83. (From French to English)

Monique David-Ménard, “‘Stationary Process and Infinite Speed’: Psychoanalysis with Psychosis.” Umbr(a) 2006: 41-51. (From French to English)

Christian Jambet, “The Stranger and Theophany.” Umbr(a) 2005: 27-41. (From French to English)


Ph.D. (2007), SUNY at Buffalo

University Diploma (1999), University of Debrecen (Hungary)

Areas of Interest

Critical and Literary Theory


Contemporary Political Theory

Twentieth Century Literatures


Cold War Studies

Translation and Translation Studies