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Dr John McKeane – University of Reading

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Dr John McKeane

Dr John Mckeane
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Lecturer in Modern French Literature
Dr John McKeane



Research leave Autumn term 2018



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 literary and philosophical thought in French and comparative contexts. I am interested in diverse areas: aesthetics and phenomenology, tragedy and psychoanalysis, translation studies and comparative literature. My next project asks what structures are necessary if there is to be true public debate or knowledge, drawing on histories and theorizations of education in France.

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, and Emmanuel Levinas (see below for details of publications). 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. 



 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


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