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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 modern philosophy and literature. But rather than being interested in either as a static body of work, I approach them in a comparative perspective. This means looking at the interaction of philosophy and literature, but also at currents cutting across different national, historical, and intellectual traditions. These cross-currents include aesthetics, phenomenology, romanticism, the philosophy of religion, psychoanalysis, tragedy, and translation studies.

In 2015 I published a monograph on the French philosopher, poet, translator and playwright Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Previously, my D.Phil. (2011) had looked at fragmentation, dialogue, and change in the work of Maurice Blanchot. I co-edited the collective volume Blanchot Romantique (2010), and have worked and published on the thinking of Derrida, Barthes, Nancy, Kofman, and Levinas.

 I am also a translator of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Adoration: the Deconstruction of Christianity, II (2013), and of many chapters in the critical volumes Re-treating Religion: Deconstructing Christianity with Jean-Luc Nancy (2012) and From Art Nouveau to Surrealism: Belgian Modernity in the Making (2007). More recently, my attentions have been focused on translating Christophe Bident’s biography Maurice Blanchot, partenaire invisible (forthcoming).



I have supervised several MA theses and am happy to hear from potential PhD students or post-docs considering working on the above or related areas.

I belong to the editorial panels of the Espace Maurice Blanchot and of Barthes Studies.

My twitter account is @JohnMcKeane


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