April 3, 2008 – Peggy Kamuf: “Thinking with Literature”

Thursday, April 3 / 4 PM / Humanities 210

Peggy Kamuf is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.  Her principal publications are Fictions of Feminine Desire: Disclosures of Heloise (Nebraska, 1982); Signature Pieces: On the Institution of Authorship (Cornell, 1988); The Division of Literature, or the University in Deconstruction (Chicago, 1997); and Book of Addresses (Stanford, 2005), which won the René C. Wellek Prize for Literary and Cultural Theory from the American Comparative Literature Association. She has translated numerous works by Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Hélène Cixous, and has edited several collections of essays by Derrida: A Derrida Reader (Columbia, 1991), Without Alibi (Stanford, 2002), and most recently, with Elizabeth Rottenberg, Psyche: Inventions of the Other, 2 vols. (Stanford, 2007, 2008).

Professor Kamuf’s current projects include an essay for the relaunch of The Oxford Literary Review; a Festschrift essay for Rodolphe Gasché; the translation of Cixous’s Si près; the editing and translating of forty years of Derrida’s unpublished seminars; and a book on “strategic culture.