My teaching centers upon English literature of the 16th and 17th century, especially the drama of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson and the poetry of Spenser and Milton, but I also frequently teach the intersection of that literary archive with political philosophy, metaphysics, medical writing, affect theory, eco-materialism, queer theory and psychoanalysis. In a separate stream of writing and thinking, I work on musical subculture and performance. When I’m not doing those things, I also make electronic music with my partner in a group called Matmos and by myself as The Soft Pink Truth.
Italian literature, culture, politics, art; literary theory; textual theories; philosophy; film studies;
In 16th -century French studies, my main interests are lyric poetry, literature and political thought, literature and philosophy, and Anglo-French literary relations. My other interests include critical theory, American literature and American studies, Quebec studies, cinema, politics of the profession, and alternate disciplinary organizations of literature.
all genres of life-writing (auto/biography, diary, blog, visual diaries, digital archives of life stories etc.), and the politics of sharing life stories
the intersection of philosophy and literature (particularly: theories of subjectivity, theories of community, phenomenological hermeneutics, and the philosophies of Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy)
Alexander Lenard and East European memoir literature
My research areas are contemporary literature with an emphasis on Race and Animal Studies, and more broadly, analyses of power. My true love is for continental philosophy particularly phenomenology, Derrida, and contemporary critiques of bio-politics. Historical theories of colonialism and imperialism and the literature pertaining to British imperialism continue to provide, if not a foundation, certainly a disciplinary roof over my head.
John E. Drabinski is Charles Hamilton Houston 1915 Professor of Black Studies in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College. In addition to authoring four books, most recently Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss (Minnesota, 2019) and Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh, 2012), he has written over three dozen articles on Africana theory and French philosophy, and has edited books and journal issues on Frantz Fanon, Jean-Luc Godard, Emmanuel Levinas, Édouard Glissant, and the question of political reconciliation. He is currently finalizing a translation and critical introduction to Jean Bernabé, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Raphael Confiant’s Éloge de la créolité, and is completing a book-length study of the philosophical dimensions of James Baldwin’s non-fiction entitled ‘So Unimaginable a Price’: Baldwin and the Black Atlantic.
Özen Nergis Dolcerocca is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Koç University, Istanbul. She received her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2016. She is the editor of the special issue entitled “Beyond World Literature: Reading Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Today,” which appeared in the journal of Middle Eastern Literatures in 2017. The issue offers new ways to read Turkish literature, beyond its common perception as the phantasmic union of ‘East’ and ‘West.’ Her most recent articles “Free Spirited Clocks: Tanpınar’s Modernism and Time Regulation Institute,” and “Chronometrics in the Modern Metropolis: The City, the Past and Collective Memory in A.H. Tanpınar,” which was published in Modern Language Notes, both mark out a transnational comparativism that contribute to the current debates on comparative methodologies and modernist studies. Her book project, provisionally entitled Against Chronometry: Modernism’s Politics and Poetics of Time, explores the theorization and imagining of time in the early twentieth-century literature and thought, based on a transnational and translational model of literary history. A comparative study of modernism from Turkish, French and German literary traditions, the monograph focuses on the underexamined counter-tendency in the time-mind of modernism, which has long been associated with the cardinal modes of recovering lost time and streaming it back to consciousness. Foregrounding the major texts of the Turkish modernist A.H. Tanpinar, who provides a unique and particularly relevant insight into the crisis of time, it shows that the modernists in this study, namely H. Bergson, W. Benjamin and R. Walser, invite us to rethink time in a durational mode of becoming, and to consider temporal multiplicities in cultural periodicity and in political modernities. She is currently working on a second project, called “In Defense of Translatability after the Cultural Turn,” a series of articles which engage with Comparative Literature and political philosophy, arguing against narratives of ‘alternative modernity.’ A draft of the first essay, “The Daemon of Europe: Europe’s Refugee Policy and the Turkey Paradox” was presented at the ACLA’17.
19th, 20th, 21st century literatures; global studies; modernism and modernity studies; colonial/postcolonial/Empire studies; the novel; film, media, new media studies; critical and political theory; aesthetics and philosophy; queer and feminist theory; visual culture; the Global South; critical geography; Global Wests, American West; eco-critical studies and activism; precarity, labor, poverty, class; mass culture, TV studies; classics; the epic; Irish literature and culture; contemporary global fiction; science; mysticism.
Lisa Diedrich is professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests include critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist science studies, and interdisciplinary feminist and queer theories and methodologies. She is the author of Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism (Minnesota, 2016) and Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness (Minnesota, 2007). She is also editor (with Victoria Hesford) of the collection Feminist Time Against Nation Time: Gender, Politics, and the Nation-State in an Age of Permanent War (Lexington, 2008) and a special issue of Feminist Theory “Experience, Echo, Event: Theorising Feminist Histories, Historicising Feminist Theory” (August 2014). She is affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and with the PhD concentration in Disability Studies in the School of Health Technology and Management.