Directors & Staff

Chair

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Professor of Comparative Literature and French
Chair of Comparative Literature

Professor Parker's research concerns the history and practices of literary theory, especially post-war theory in France and its world-wide dissemination.  His most recent book is The Theorist’s Mother, which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida.  Professor Parker was the editor and co-translator of Jacques Rancière’s The Philosopher and His Poor, and has co-edited five other collections of essays including Performativity and Performance (with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick) and After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory (with Janet E. Halley).  His new book project, “Voice Lessons,” explores interactions between body and voice across different literary traditions and media forms; an online bilingual edition of Julio Cortázar's iconic novel Rayuela/Hopscotch is also in the works.  In 2016-17 he chaired the Charles Bernheimer Dissertation Committee, which awards the American Comparative Literature Association's annual prize for the best dissertation in the field,

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