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Dr John McKeane

Dr John Mckeane
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Lecturer in Modern French Literature
Dr John McKeane



Programme Director for French

Programme Director for Comparative Literature



I teach a variety of French language and translation modules, as well as French and comparative cultural modules.

I am also convenor of the following modules:

• ML1EN1COMP ‘What is Comparative Literature?

• FR2HTF 'How to Think in French'

• FR3PM ‘French Popular Music and Society’


Areas of Interest

My research looks at literary and philosophical thought in French and comparative contexts.

I am the author of a monograph on the French philosopher, poet, translator and playwright Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. I have worked and published on Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes, Jean-Luc Nancy, Sarah Kofman, Emmanuel Levinas, and Marcel Proust (see below for details of publications). My D.Phil. (2011) looked at fragmentation, dialogue, and change in the work of Maurice Blanchot. I co-edited with Hannes Opelz the collective volume Blanchot Romantique (2010) and am currently co-editing with Jacob Bates-Firth a special issue of Paragraph on Sarah Kofman and the Relief of Philosophy (2021).

My most recent translation is Christophe Bident’s 632-page Maurice Blanchot: a Critical Biography (Fordham University Press, 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.



I graduated with a B.A. (first-class), M.St., and D.Phil from the University of Oxford. I remained at Oxford for a JRF and various lectureships, also holding positions at Cardiff and Warwick before coming to Reading. I have won several prizes including the Junior Paget Toynbee Prize for Dante Studies, and I was AHRC/ESRC visiting fellow at the Library of Congress.



My twitter account is @JohnMcKeane

Details of publications not listed below (translations, reviews, and others) are available at




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