Professor of Comparative Literature and French
Chair of Comparative Literature
Professor Andrew Parker has taught at Rutgers since 2012; previously he was Professor of English at Amherst College, where he taught for thirty years. His research and graduate teaching concern the histories and practices of literary theory, especially post-war theory in France and its world-wide dissemination. He teaches undergraduate courses on a variety of nineteenth- and twentieth-century topics, among them "Global Science Fiction" (Fall 2017) and "Francophilia" (Spring 2018).
His most recent book is The Theorist’s Mother (Duke UP), which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida. He is the editor and co-translator of Jacques Rancière’s The Philosopher and His Poor (Duke UP), and co-editor of five other collections of essays including Performativity and Performance with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Routledge), and After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory with Janet E. Halley (Duke UP). New book projects include "Marx and the Scene of Writing," on the theatricality of Marxist thought, and “Voice Lessons,” which explores interactions between body and voice across different literary traditions and media forms. A digital, collaborative, bilingual edition of Julio Cortázar's novel Rayuela/Hopscotch is also in the works. In 2016-17 he is the chair of the Charles Bernheimer Dissertation Committee, which awards the American Comparative Literature Association's prize for the best dissertation in the field.