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Dr John McKeane

Dr John Mckeane
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Lecturer in Modern French Literature
Dr John McKeane



French Year Abroad Officer

School Officer for Employability and Citizenship



I teach a variety of cultural and language modules, and convene:

FR2HTF 'How to Think in French'

FR3CH 'Chanson'


Areas of Interest

My research looks at French thought in various forms – philosophical, literary, psychoanalytical, and others. My next project asks what structures are necessary if there is to be thinking, debate, or knowledge. I explore philosophy’s relationship with French ideas of education and citizenship, and how a better understanding of this relationship can create possibilities for public policy in the UK and elsewhere.

In 2015 I published a monograph on the French philosopher, poet, translator and playwright Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. I have published articles on the work of Blanchot, Derrida, Barthes, Nancy, and Levinas (see below for details). My D.Phil. (2011) looked at fragmentation, dialogue, and change in the work of Maurice Blanchot, and I co-edited the collective volume Blanchot Romantique (2010).

My most recent translation is Christophe Bident’s 600-page Maurice Blanchot: a Critical Biography (Fordham University Press, Autumn 2018).   I am also translator of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Adoration: the Deconstruction of Christianity, II (2013), and of two further volumes of philosophy criticism. 



My twitter account is @JohnMcKeane


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