twitter: @robertbarsky Publications and Projects


Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law: The Plight of People Deemed Illegal (Routledge Law, 2016).

Hatched: A Novel, Sunbury Press, 2016.

Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism. Cambridge; London: The MIT Press, 2011.

The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower, Cambridge; London: The MIT Press, 2007; paperback 2009

Table of Contents and sample chapters

Quests Beyond the Ivory Tower:  Public Intellectuals, Academia and the Media, Edited by Saleem H. Ali and Robert Barsky, a special issue of AmeriQuests, 2006.

Introduction by Saleem Ali and Robert Barsky

Quebec and Canada in the Americas, edited by Robert Barsky, as special issue of AmeriQuests, 2006.

Introduction by Barsky

Marc Angenot and the Scandal of History, a special issue of the Yale Journal of Criticism that features articles by Marc Angenot, Robert Barsky, Fredric Jameson, Marie-Christine Leps, Michel Pierssens, Darko Suvin. 2004.

Introduction to Marc Angenot and the Scandal of History

Workers Councils, by Anton Pannekoek. A new and revised edition, edited and with comments by Robert Barsky, interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ken Coates and Peter Hitchcock, and a republication of a seminal piece by Paul Mattick. London/SF: AK Press, 2002.

Introduction to Workers Councils including a discussion between Chomsky and Barsky

Arguing and Justifying: Assessing the Convention Refugee Choice of Moment, Motive and Host Country. Aldershot; Burlington; Sydney; Singapore: Ashgate, 2001.

Paris-SubStance-America, edited by Robert Barsky. A special issue of SubStance devoted to French theory. 2001.

Introduction à la théorie littéraire. Quebec: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 1997.

Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent. Cambridge; London: MIT Press, 1997, 1998. Translations and revised editions:

Constructing a Productive Other: Discourse Theory and the Convention Refugee Hearing, Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1994.

Bakhtin and Otherness. A special issue of Discours social/Social Discourse edited by Robert Barsky and Michael Holquist, 1991.

Introduction to Bakhtin and Otherness

Translation: Philosophy and the Passions: Toward a History of Human Nature, Penn State Press, 2000, Robert Barsky’s translation and introduction of Michel Meyer’s Le Philosophe et les passions (Paris: Livres de poche).

Introduction to Philosophy and the Passions

Research Areas and Selected Publications

1.  Literary and Language Theory; translation; Literature and Law

2. Refugee, Border and Migration Studies

3. The Milieus of Noam Chomsky and Zellig Harris

4. Selected Translations

  • “What Can Literature do? From Literary Sociocriticism to a Critique of Social Discourse” by Marc Angenot, Yale Journal of Criticism 17.2 (Fall 2004): 217-232.
  • “A State of Social Discourse” by Michel Pierssens, Yale Journal of Criticism, 17.2 (Fall 2004): 255-262.
  • Denise Helly, “Social cohesion and Ethnic Minorities,” for the Canadian Journal of Anthropology and Sociology (2003).
  • Denise Helly, “Ethnic and National Minorities” for the Canadian Journal of Anthropology and Sociology (2002).
  • Philosophy and the Passions, a translation (with a preface, introduction and bibliography) of Le Philosophe et les Passions (Livre de Poche) for Penn State Press Literature and Philosophy Series, dir. Anthony Cascardi, 2000..
  • “Rhetoric and the Theory of Argument” by Michel Meyer. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 196.2 (1996): 325-358.
  • “The Problematological Interpretation of the Cogito: Is There a Distinctive Argumentative Structure in The Meditations?” by Michel Meyer.Revue internationale de Philosophie 195 (1996): 23-49.
  • “The Representamen, The Sign and the Abduction”, by Jean Fisette, Pierce Papers. Toronto Semiotic Circle, 1996.
  • “The Mirror, The Beaker and the Touchstone: or, What Can Literature Do For Science?” by Jean Marc Lévy Leblond, SubStance 71/72: 1 26.
  • “The Political Regulation of Cultural Plurality: Foundations and Principles,” by Denise Helly, for Canadian Ethnic Studies / Études Ethniques au Canada 25.2 (1993): 15 35.
  • [with Sydney Mintz] “Introduction” Chinese Emigration: The Cuba Commission Report. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993, pp. 1 30.
  • [with Dominique Michaud] “Bakhtin and Postmodernism: An Unexpected Encounter. Notes on Jean-Paul Goude’s ‘Marseillaise’,” by Régine Robin. Discours social / Social Discourse 3.1-2 (1991): 229 232.
  • “Following the Thread,” by Marc Angenot. Science Fiction Studies, 16.2 (July 1989): 218 222.

5. Selected reviews

6. Selected introductions and prefaces
  • “AmeriQuests: A Decade of Quests and Border Crossings”, AmeriQuests Vol 10, No 1 (2013).
  • “Introduction: Being Radical in Quebec and the Americas”, AmeriQuests volume 7.1 (2010),
  • “Introduction: Re-Considering Comparative Literary Studies”, AmeriQuests volume 5.1 (2008),
  • “ Introduction: Intellectuals Who Quest Beyond the Ivory Tower”, AmeriQuests volume 3.2 (2005),
  • “Montreal, Quebec and Canada in the Americas?”, AmeriQuests, volume 3.1 (2006),
  • With Vera Kutzinski, “Introduction to ‘AmeriQuests’”, AmeriQuests, volume 1.1 (Fall 2004),
  • “Introduction” to The American Production of French Theory a special issue of Robert F. Barsky and Eric Méchoulan (eds.) SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 97, volume 31.1 (2002), 3-9.
  • “Venture A Farewell to Discours social, The Non-Cartesian Subject,” Discours social / Social Discourse 6.1-2 (1994): 245-248.
  • “Introduction: Bakhtin, Otherness and a Social Role for Interpretative Work,” Bakhtin and Otherness, a special double issue of Discours social / Social Discourse 3.1-2 (1991): vii x.
  • “Cybernetic Proliferation: The Academic Journal in the Post Modem Society,” Discours social / Social Discourse Vol. 2 no. 3, pp. 111 116.
  • “Editor’s Introduction” Discours social / Social Discourse Vol. II, nos. 1 and 2, pp. v-viii.
  • « Comment situer le `Discours social’…” Discours social / Social Discourse, Vol. I, no. 4, pp. 359 360.
  • « Discours social / Social Discourse: Objectives, Perspectives, Configurations, » Discours social / Social Discourse, Vol. I, no. 3, pp. 239 241.


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