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CV.Franke.2022 (pdf)

CV.Franke.2022

William Franke

Department of French and Italian
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

email:  william.franke@vanderbilt.edu
telephone: (615) 322-6900
fax: (615) 322-6909

ACADEMIC DEGREES:

1988-91            Stanford University, Ph. D. in Comparative Literature

1986-88            University of California at Berkeley, M.A. in Comparative Literature

1978-80            Oxford University, M.A. in Philosophy and Theology

1974-78            Williams College, B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude

EMPLOYMENT:

1991-present   Vanderbilt University

Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian and Professor of Religious Studies

2013-14  Macao University

Professor of Philosophy and Religions

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS: Fellowships

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Full-year research fellowship in Germany, 1994-95

(affiliated with Universität Potsdam, sponsored by Prof. Dr. Helena Harth)

  • Bogliasco Foundation (Genova, Italy), Fellow in Philosophy, Spring 2006
  • Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France), Residential Research Fellowship, Fall 2000
  • Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities (Vanderbilt), Fellow, 1995-96

(year-long weekly seminar on the Millennium, with stipend)

  • Stanford Fellowship (in lieu of New Century Fellowship at University of Chicago

and University Fellowship at Yale), 1988-91

  • John E. Moody Scholarship, Oxford University, 1978-80

International Visiting Appointments and Teaching Abroad

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Intercultural Theology and Study of Religion,

University of Salzburg (Zentrum Theologie Interkulturell und Studium der Religionen), 2006-07

  • Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, Fall 2005
  • Professor of French in Residence, Vanderbilt-in-France, Aix-en-Provence, Spring and Fall 2008
  • Research Scholar in Residence, University of Salzburg, Summer 2008
  • Visiting Fellow in Philosophy and Religions, University of Macao (China), Fall 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Dante Society Council, by general election of The Dante Society of America, 2007-2010
  • Rosenberg Poetry Prize, UC Berkeley, 1987
  • Skeat-Whitfield Essay Prize in English, Oxford University, 1979
  • Scholarship from W. B. Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland, 1979
  • John W. Miller Prize in Philosophy, Williams College, 1978
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1977

Grants and Stipends

  • Research Scholar Grant for translation into German of Poetry and Apocalypse, 2008-09
  • Research Grant for On What Cannot Be Said, Vanderbilt University Research Council, 2002
  • Travel Awards from the Istituto Italiano per gli studi filosofici, Naples, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998
  • Direct Research Support Grant, Vanderbilt University Research Council, Summer 1996
  • Summer Research Grant, Vanderbilt University Research Council, Italy 1992

PUBLICATIONS:

Books

  • The Revelation of Imagination:

From the Bible and Homer through Virgil and Augustine to Dante

Evanston: Northwestern University Press, forthcoming (in production)

  • A Philosophy of the Unsayable

Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014

  • Dante and the Sense of Transgression: “The Trespass of the Sign”

London and New York: Continuum [Bloomsbury Academic], 2013

New Directions in Religion and Literature Series,

Edited by Mark Knight and Emma Mason  (200 + xv pages)

  • Poetry and Apocalypse: Theological Disclosures of Poetic Language

Stanford: Stanford University Press: 2009   (211 pages + xiv)

Translated into German as:

Dichtung und Apokalypse: Theologische Erschliessungen der dichterischen Sprache

Aus dem Amerikanischen von Ursula Liebing und Michael Sonntag

Salzburger Theologische Studien Band 39 (interkulturell 6)

Innsbruck: Tyrolia Verlag, 2011   (216 pages)

  • On What Cannot Be Said:

Apophatic Discourses in Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and the Arts

Vol. I: Classic Formulations (401 pages + xi)

Vol. II: Modern and Contemporary Transformations (480 pages + viii)

Edited with Theoretical and Critical Essays by William Franke

Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007

  • Dante’s Interpretive Journey

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996   (pp. 242 + xi)

Religion and Postmodernism Series, edited by Mark C. Taylor

Articles and Essays

(In press or commissioned and contracted)

105.  “Existential Hermeneutics and the Turn of Philosophy to Religion:

The Exemplary Case of Luigi Pareyson,” The Inexhaustible: Aesthetics,

Hermeneutics, and Ontology in the Philosophy of Luigi   Pareyson,eds. Silvia Benso

and Brian Schroeder (New York: State University of New York Press, 2015) forthcoming

104.  “Le dia-logue et son au-delà apophatique : Avec François Jullien”

Des possible de la pensée: Autour des travaux François Jullien

Eds. Françoise Gaillard and Philippe Ratte

103. “Writings and Revelation: Literary Theology in the Bible”

Journal of Literature and Theology

102. “All or Nothing?—Nature in Chinese Thought and the Apophatic Occident”

Comparative Philosophy

101. “Language and Transcendence in Dante’s Paradiso

Poetics of Transcendence, eds. Elisa Heinämäki, P.M. Mehtonen and Antti Salminen

(Amsterdam: Rodopi: 2014), Currents of Encounter series

100. “Acknowledging Unknowing: Stanley Cavell and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature”

Philosophy and Literature

99. “Learned Ignorance: The Apophatic Tradition of Cultivating the Virtue of Unknowing”

Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies,

eds. Matthias Gross and Linsey McGoey

98. “Saint Paul Among the Theorists: A Genealogy of the New Universalism”

Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion, ed. Mark Knight

97. “The Religious Vocation of Secular Literature:  Dante and Postmodern Thought,”

In Religion and Literature in Italian Tradition, ed. Salvatore Bancheri (forthcoming)

96. “Between Ethics and Mysticism: Dante’s God-Trauma as Levinasian Relation to the Other”

Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma, ed. David Miller

forthcoming

95. “Poetics of Silence in the Post-Holocaust Poetry of Paul Celan”

Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies, vol. 2, issue 3 forthcoming

94. “Symbol and Allegory”

The Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics, Chapter 30,

eds. Jeff Malpas and Hans-Helmuth Gander   forthcoming

93. “Unsayability and the Promise of Salvation:

Apophatics, Literary Representation, and the World to Come”

Ende oder Umbau einer Erlösungsreligion? eds. Günther Thomas and Markus Höfner,

Religion und Aufklärung series (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013) forthcoming

92. “Cosmopolitan Conviviality and Negative Theology: Europe’s Vocation to Universalism”

Interrogating Cosmopolitan Conviviality: New Dimensions of the European in Literature,

eds. Federico Fabris, Christoph Houswitschka

(Bamberg University Press, forthcoming)

91. “The Paramount Importance of What Cannot Be Said in Public Theological Discourse”

Contextuality and Intercontextuality in Public Theology, eds. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm,       Florian Höhne, Tobias Reitmeier (Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2013), series on “Theology in the                 Public Square”

90. “Altizer’s Apocalyptic Theology and the Poetic Apocalypse of Finnegans Wake:

The Birth of Christian Epic out of the Death of God”

In Tools of the Sacred, Techniques of the Secular: Awakening, Epiphany,                Apocalypse and Doubt in Contemporary English-Language Verse, ed. Franca Bellarsi, Comparative Poetics Series/P.I.E. (Netherlands: Peter Lang, 2012) forthcoming

2014

 

89. “Augustine’s Confessions and the Transcendental Ground of Consciousness:

or How Literary Narrative Becomes Prophetic Revelation”

Philosophy and Literature

88. “Le commencement et la fin de la philosophie dans la mystique apophatique:

De Platon au postmodernisme”

In Métaphysique et mystique: Stanislas Breton sur les traces des mystiques, eds. Jean

Greisch, Jérôme de Gramont (Paris: Éditions le Cerf, 2014), forthcoming

87. “The New Apophatic Universalism: Deconstructive Critical Theories

and Open Togetherness in the European Tradition”

The Journal of European Studies (2014): 44/1 (2014): 30-49

86. “Canonicity, Creativity, and the Unlimited Revelation of Literature”

Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 12: 1 (2014): 1-24

85. “Dante and the Secularization of Religion through Literature”

Religion and Literature 45/1 (2013):

84. “Paradoxical Prophecy: Dante’s Strategy of Self-Subversion in the Inferno”

Italica 90/3 (2013): 343-64

83. “Dante’s Hermeneutic Rite of Passage:  Inferno IX

Classical and Medieval Literary Criticism on Dante (Gale/Cengage Learning, 2012)

Reprinted from Dante’s Interpretive Journey, pp. 82-118

82. “The Origin of Philosophy in Theological Critique of Idolatry and its Consummation

in Negative Theological Critique of Conceptual Idolatry”

Hermeneutica, Nuova serie (2012): 315-32

81. “Negative Theology,” Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

eds. Nina P. Azari, Anne Runehov, Lluis Oviedo (Springer, 2013)

Co-authored with Chance Woods, forthcoming

80.  “The Place of the Proper Name in the Topographies of the Paradiso”

Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 87/4 (2012): 1089-1124

79. “The Paramount Importance of What Cannot Be Said in Public Theological Discourse”

Contextuality and Intercontextuality in Public Theology, eds. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm,

Dirkie Smit, James Haire, and Ruedi von Sinner (Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2012),

series on “Theology in the Public Square” forthcoming

78. “Apophatic Paths:  Modern and Contemporary Poetics and Aesthetics of Nothing”

Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 17/3 (2012): 7-18

Special Issue: “Nothing,” eds. Antti Salminen and Sami Sjöberg

77. “Total Forgetting as the Moment of Truth at the Climax of Dante’s Divine Comedy and the

Christian Epic Tradition”

In Erfahren, Erzählen, Erinnern: Narrative Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter / Record, Relate, Remember: Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, eds. BenjaminPohl, Maurice Sprague and Linda Hörl (Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press, 2012), pp. 299-326

76. “Le commencement et la fin de la philosophie dans la mystique apophatique:

De Platon au postmodernisme”

In Métaphysique et mystique: Stanislas Breton sur les traces des mystiques, ed. Jerôme de Gramont (CERISY), forthcoming

75. “Paradoxical Prophecy: Dante’s Strategy of Self-Subversion in the Inferno”

Italica 90/3 (2013): 343-64

74. “Dante’s Hermeneutic Complicity in Violence and Fraud in Inferno IX-XVII”

University of Toronto Quarterly 82/1 (Winter 2013): 1-19

73. “Dante’s Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Prophetic Voice and Vision

in the Malebolge (Inferno XVIII-XXV)

Philosophy and Literature 36 (2012):

72. “Altizer’s Apocalyptic Theology and the Poetic Apocalypse of Finnegans Wake:

The Birth of Christian Epic out of the Death of God”

In Tools of the Sacred, Techniques of the Secular: Awakening, Epiphany, Apocalypse and Doubt in Contemporary English-Language Verse, ed. Franca Bellarsi, Comparative Poetics Series/P.I.E. (Netherlands: Peter Lang, 2012) forthcoming

71. “Dante’s New Life and the New Testament: An Essay on the Hermeneutics of Revelation”

The Italianist 31 (2011): 335-66

70. “Gospel as Personal Knowing: Theological Reflections on not Just a Literary Genre”

Theology Today 68/4 (2011): 413-23

69. “On Doing the Truth in Time: The Aeneid’s Invention of Poetic Prophecy”

Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 19/1 (2011):

68. “Prophecy as a Genre of Revelation:

Synergisms of Inspiration and Imagination in the Book of Isaiah”

Theology 114/5 (2011): 340-52

67. “Involved Knowing: On the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities”

The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms 16/4 (2011): 447-68

66. “Homer’s Musings and the Divine Muse: Epic Song as Invention and as Revelation”

Religion and Literature 43/1 (2011): 1-28

65. “The Canon Question and the Value of Theory:

Towards a New (Non-)Concept of Universality”

The Canonical Debate Today. Crossing Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries, eds. Liviu Papadima, David Damrosch, and Theo D’haen (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 55-71.

64. “The Missing All: Emily Dickinson’s Apophatic Poetics,” Poetry for Students, vol. 35

[Reprinted from Christianity and Literature 58/1 (2008):  61-80]

(Kennedale, TX: Gale Group, 2010).

63. “Sulla verità poetica che è superiore alla Storia:

Porfirio e la critica filosofica della letteratura,”

Italian translation with critical introduction (“Per una Critica Speculativa”) by Laura Lucia Rossi of “On the Poetic Truth that is Higher than History . . .” (#61)

Enthymema: Rivista di teoria, critica e filosofia della letteratura 1  (2010): 1-17

62. “On the Poetic Truth that is Higher than History:

Porphyry and the Philosophical Interpretation of Literature”

International Philosophical Quarterly 50/4 (2010): 415-430

[Reprinted in Acts of ISSEI 2010 International Conference.  Forthcoming ]

61. “The Death and Damnation of Poetry in Inferno XXXI-XXXIV:

Ugolino and Narrative as an Instrument of Revenge”

Romance Studies 28/1 (2010):  27-35

60. “Dante, Alighieri,” “Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite,” and “Petrarch, Francesco.”

Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte

(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2010)

59. “Dante’s Inferno as Poetic Revelation of Prophetic Truth,”

Philosophy and Literature 33/2 (2009): 252-66

58. “Existentialism: An Atheistic or a Christian Philosophy?”

In Phenomenology and Existentialism in the Twentieth Century, Chapter 22

Analecta Husserliana 103 (2009): 371-94

57. “Equivocations of ‘Metaphysics’:

A Debate with Christian Moevs’s The Metaphysics of Dante’s Comedy”

Philosophy and Theology 20/1-2 (2009): 29-52

56. “Beyond the Limits of Reason Alone:

A Critical Approach to the Religious Inspiration of Literature”

Position Statement in forum of invited contributions to Special Issue on the discipline:

Religion and Literature 41/2 (2009): 69-78

55. “James Joyce and the Bible”

The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature, chapter 46

Eds. Christopher Rowland, Christine Joynes, Rebecca Lemon, Emma Masson, Jonathan Roberts

(Oxford: Blackwell, 2009), pp. 642-53.

54. “Edmond Jabès, or the Endless Self-Emptying of Language in the Name of God”

Literature and Theology 22/1 (2008): 1-17

 

 

53. “’The Missing All’: Emily Dickinson’s Apophatic Poetics”

Christianity and Literature 58/1 (2008):  61-80

52. “The Coincidence of Reason and Revelation in Communicative Openness:

A Critical Negative Theology of Dialogue”

Journal of Religion 88/3 (2008): 365-92

51. “Le Nom de Dieu comme vanité du langage au fond de tout mot selon Edmond Jabès,”

[“The Name of God as the Vanity of Language in the Heart of Every Word”],
trans. by Martine Prieto and Geoffrey Obin, Edmond Jabès : L’éclosion des énigmes, eds. Daniel Lançon et Catherine Mayaux (Vincennes: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2007),pp. 249-60, (Paris: Littérature Hors Frontières, 2008)

50. “Eine kritische Negative Theologie des Dialogs:

Die Koinzidenz von Vernunft und Offenbarung in kommunikativer Offenheit“

[ “A Critical Negative Theology of Dialogue:

The Coincidence of Reason and Revelation in Communicative Openness”

translated by Michael Sonntag]

Salzburger theologishe Zeitschrift 11 (2007):  217-49.

49. “The Ethical Vision of Dante’s Paradiso in Light of Levinas”

Comparative Literature 59/3 (2007): 209-27

48. “The Ethical Posture of Anti-Colonial Discourse in Said and in Gandhi”

Journal of Contemporary Thought 25 (Summer, 2007): 5-24

47. “Poetic Language, Apocalypse, and the Premises for Dialogue

Between a Secular West and Radical Islam”

Reconstructing Realities: Occident-Orient Engagements

eds. Ganakumaran Subramaniam, Shanthini Pillai and Hafriza Burhanudeen

(Kuala Lumpur: Pearson Longman, 2007), pp. 41-52

46. “The Deaths of God in Hegel and Nietzsche and the Crisis of Values

in Secular Modernity and Post-Secular Postmodernity”

Religion and the Arts 11/2 (2007): 214-41

45. “Scripture as Theophany in Dante’s Paradiso’’

Religion and Literature 39/2 (Spring 2007): 1-32

(2006 Annual Religion and Literature Lecture, University of Notre Dame)

44.  “Hermeneutics, Historicity, and Poetry as Theological Revelation in Dante’s Divine Comedy

In Art and Time, ed. Jan Lloyd Jones et al. (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007), pp. 39-56

 

43. “The Rhetorical-Theological Presence of Romans in Dante:

A Comparison of Methods in Philosophical Perspective”

In Medieval Readings of  Romans, eds. William S. Campbell, Peter S. Hawkins, Brenda Dean Schildgen  (New York: T & T Clark International, 2007), pp. 142-52

42. “Primordial Sacrifice, Typology, and the Theological Vocation of Literature:

Extending Gian Balsamo’s Interpretation of Joyce and Christian Epic”

Literature and Theology 20/3 (2006): 251-68

41. “Praising the Unsayable: An Apophatic Defense of Metaphysics

Based on the Neoplatonic Parmenides Commentaries”

Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 11/1 (2006): 143-73

40. “Apophasis and the Turn of Philosophy to Religion:

From Neoplatonic Negative Theology to Postmodern Negation of Theology”

In Self and Other: Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion, ed. Eugene Long,

Special issue of International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 60, numbers 1-3 (2006): 61-76

39. “Linguistic Repetition as Theological Revelation in Christian Epic Tradition:

The Case of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

Neophilologus 90/1 (2006): 155-172

38. “The Singular and the Other at the Limits of Language in the Post-Holocaust Poetry

of Edmond Jabès and Paul Celan”

New Literary History 36/4 (2005): 621-38

37. “Varieties and Valences of Unsayability in Literature”

Philosophy and Literature 29/2 (2005): 489-97

36. “The Linguistic Turning of the Symbol: Baudelaire and his French Symbolist Heirs”

In Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism , ed. Russel Whitaker (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005), vol. 144: French Symbolist Poetry, pp. 40-47

[Reprinted from Baudelaire and the Poetics of Modernity, volume in Honor of Claude Pichois, ed. Patricia Ward (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2000), pp. 28-40.]

35. “Franz Rosenzweig and the Emergence of a Post-Secular Philosophy of the Unsayable”

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 58/3 (2005): 161-80

34. “Virgil, History, and Prophecy”

Philosophy and Literature 29/1 (2005): 73-88

33. “Damascius. Of the Ineffable:  Aporetics of the Notion of an Absolute Principle”

Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 12/1 (2004): 111-31.

(Introduction with original translation from the Greek of De principiis, Part I, cc 3-8)

32. “A Philosophy of the Unsayable: Apophasis and the Experience of Truth and Totality”

In Imaginatio Creatrix, ed. A.-T. Tymieniecka, Analecta Husserliana LXXXIII (2004): 65-83.

31. “Truth and Interpretation in the Divine Comedy

In Dante Modern Critical Views, ed. Harold Bloom (Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2004), pp. 287-305.

[Excerpt reprinted from Dante’s Interpretive Journey, pp. 5-23]

30. “The Dialectical Logic of Yeats’s Byzantium Poems”

In Poetry Criticism, vol. 51, ed. Carol Ullman (Kennedale, TX: Gale Group, 2004), pp. 146-52

[Reprinted from Yeats-Eliot Review 15, no. 3:  23-32]

29. “The Exodus Epic: Universalization of History Through Ritual”

In Universality and History: The Foundations of Core, ed. Don Thompson, Darrel Colson, and J.

Scott Lee (Lanham-New York-Oxford: University Press of America, 2002), pp. 59-70

28. “The Interpretive Journey and the Allegory of Reading:

Introduction to the Inferno as a Humanities Text”

In Uniting the Liberal Arts: Core and Context, eds. Bainard Cowen and J. Scott Lee

(Lanham-New York-Oxford: University Press of America, 2002), pp 75-82

27. “Literature as Liturgy and the Interpretive Revolution of Literary Criticism”

Preface to Gian Balsamo, Scriptural Poetics in Finnegans Wake

(Lewisburg, New York: Edwin Mellin Press, 2002), pp. v-xiii

26. “Il significato teologico del paesaggio di san Benedetto nel Paradiso di Dante”

[“The Theological Significance of the Landscape around Saint Benedict in Dante’s Paradiso”]

Lo Speco CVII, no. 4 (2002):  80-82

25. “William Franke on Post-Structuralist Interpretation”

In Italo Calvino:  Modern Critical Views, ed. Harold Bloom (Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2001),.pp. 28-30.  [Reprinted from “The Deconstructive Anti-Logic of Italo Calvino’s Le città invisibili,Italian Quarterly 30 (1989)].

24. “Dante’s Address to the Reader en face Derrida’s Critique of Ontology”

Annalecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research LXIX (2000): 119-31.

23. “Prophecy Eclipsed:  Hamlet as a Tragedy of Knowledge”

In Core Texts in Conversation, eds. Jane Kelley Rodeheffer, David Sokolowski, and J. Scott Lee

(Lanham-New York-Oxford: University Press of America, 2000), pp. 149-54.

22. “Metaphor and the Making of Sense:  The Contemporary Metaphor Renaissance”

Philosophy and Rhetoric 33/2 (2000): 137-154.

21. “Apocalypse and the Breaking-Open of Dialogue:  A Negatively Theological Perspective”

International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 47/2 (2000): 65-86

20. “The Linguistic Turning of the Symbol: Baudelaire and his French Symbolist Heirs”

In Baudelaire and the Poetics of Modernity, volume in Honor of Claude Pichois,

ed. Patricia Ward (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2000), pp. 28-40.

19. “Figuralism,” “Albert the Great,” “Constantine,” “Israel,” “William II of Sicily”

In The Dante Encyclopedia (New York-London: Garland Publishing, 2000),

ed. Richard Lansing, pp. 376-79, 11, 216-17, 524-525, 885-86.

18. “Eine Kontextbestimmung der Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft–das Beispiel Vanderbilt”

In Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft. Konturen und Profile im Pluralismus, pp. 181-92

With John McCarthy, ed. Carsten Zelle (Opladen/Wiesbaden, 1999)

17. “Apocalyptic Poetry Between Metaphysics and Negative Theology:

From Dante to Celan and Stevens”

Literature and Belief 19/1,2 (1999): 261-284

16. “‘Enditynges of Worldly Vanitees’:  Truth and Poetry in Chaucer as Compared with Dante”

The Chaucer Review 87, no. 1 (1999):  87-106

15. “The Dialectical Logic of Yeats’s Byzantium Poems”

Yeats-Eliot Review 15, no. 3 (Summer 1998):  23-32

14. “Psychoanalysis as a Hermeneutics of the Subject:  Freud, Ricoeur, Lacan”

Dialogue:  The Canadian Philosophical Review 38 (1998):  65-81

13. “Reader’s Application and the Moment of Truth”

In Dante:  Contemporary Perspectives,

ed. Amilcare Iannucci (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996), pp. 59-80.

[reprint, revised, of “Dante and Modern Hermeneutic Thought,”

Lectura Dantis: A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 12 (1993):  34-52]

12. “Blind Prophecy:  Milton’s Figurative Mode in Paradise Lost”

In Through a Glass Darkly:  Essays in the Religious Imagination,

ed. John Hawley (New York: Fordham University Press, 1996), pp. 87-103.

11. “Resurrected Tradition and Revealed Truth:  Dante’s Statius”

Quaderni d’italianistica 15/1-2 (1994):  7-34

10. “Dante and the Poetics of Religious Revelation”

Symploke:  A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship2/2 (1994):  103-116

9. “Dante’s Hermeneutic Rite of Passage:  Inferno IX

Religion and Literature 26/2 (1994):  1-26

8. “In the Interstices Between Symbol and Allegory:  Montale’s Figurative Mode”

Comparative Literature Studies 31/4 (1994):  370-89

7. “Dante’s Address to the Reader and its Ontological Significance”

MLN (Modern Language Notes) 109 (1994):  117-27

6. “Hermeneutic Catastrophe in Racine:

The Epistemological Predicament of 17th Century Tragedy”

Romanische Forschungen 105 (1993):  315-31

5. “Poetics and Apocalypse in Manzoni’s Interpretation of History”

Esperienze letterarie Anno XVIII – n. 4 (1993):  17-38

4. “Dante and Modern Hermeneutic Thought”

Lectura Dantis:  A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 12 (1993):  34-52

3. “The Logic of Infinity:  European Romanticism and the Question of Giacomo Leopardi”

Comparatio: Revue Internationale de Littérature Comparée 1 (1990):  69-82

2. “The Deconstructive Anti-Logic of Italo Calvino’s Le città invisibili

Italian Quarterly 30 (1989):  31-41

 

1. Note on “Robert Harrison’s The Body of Beatrice

Rivista di studi italiani 4 (1988):  78-82

Critical Reviews and Appreciations

Review of Peter Hawkins, Dante: A Brief History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), in Christianity and Literature : 471-72

Review of Massimo Verdicchio, Of Dissimulation: Allegory and Irony in Dante’s Commedia

in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature

Review of Warren Ginsberg, Dante and the Aesthetics of Being

in Speculum 76/3 (July 2001), 727-29

“Dante and Modernism.” On David Pike’s Passage through Hell:  Modernist Descents, Medieval Underworlds, review article in Speculum 74/3 (1999): 68-71

“Diecimila quadri ed anche qualcuno di più,” L’arte illustrata 5, November 1985

“Poesia e politica si mescolano,” Tempi di fraternità, August 1985

“Due poeti e un libro,” Tempi di fraternità, September 1986

Poetry

“The Automocrat,” Only Poetry,  Spring 1982

“Invocation of Campion,” “Jenny Arranging Herself to Play Violin:  an Appreciation by Her Pianist,”

“Passing the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square,” California State Poetry Quarterly, Volume IX,

No. 1, 1982

“Contemporaries,” California State Poetry Quarterly, Volume X, No. 2, Summer 1983

“Dance of the Shirts,” The Writer, November 1984

“Letter to a Friend,” “March,” SEAMS: The Cultural Art Journal, Volume 2 No. 1, Fall 1985

“Free Riding I-IV,” SEAMS: The Cultural Arts Journal, Volume 2, No. 2 Winter-Spring 1986

“Glimpses I-IV,” SEAMS: The Cultural Arts Journal, Volume 2, No. 3, Summer-Fall 1986

“Limbo,” “Faring Well in Arms,” “Lightspot,” SEAMS: The Cultural Arts Journal, Volume 2, No. 4, Winter-Spring 1987

“Original Lyric,” “Outsight,” BERKELEY POETS 1987 (Rosenberg Prize)

PUBLIC LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PAPERS: (* for invited, named, key-note, or plenary lectures)

 

2012

*     “The Writing of Silence in the Post-Holocaust Poetry of Paul Celan”

Advanced Research Symposium on “Suffering in Literature” and Trauma Studies

English Department, University of Macao, August 23-26, 2012

*     “Der Übergang zum ‚anderen Zustand‘ als literarisches Motiv“

Invited Research Conference: “Ende oder Umbau einer Erlösungsreligion? Verschiebungen in der Vorstellung eines nicht nur endlichen, sondern ‘ewigen’ Lebens”

Evangelisch-Theologisch Fakultät, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, July 12-15, 2012

“The New Apophatic Universalism: Deconstruction, Negative Theology, and Open Togetherness in the European Tradition”

International Conference on Interrogating Cosmopolitan Conviviality:

New Dimensions of the European in Literature

University of Bamberg, May 24-25, 2012

*    “The Art of Memory or the Forgetting of Art? Vision and Literature in Dante and Blanchot”

Keynote Speech for International Conference:

“Memory: Impressions, Expressions, Reflections: An Interdisciplinary Conference”

The Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA)

Pretoria, March 28, 2011

*     “The Apophatic Experiential Grounds of Philosophy of Religion”

Wesleyan Philosophical Society, annual meeting on Philosophy and Religious Experience

Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, March 1, 2012

*     “Christian Figuralism and Kenosis: From Otherworldliness to the Becoming Worldly of Otherness”

MLA National Convention, Religion and Literature Section, Panel on “Secularism”

Seattle, Washington, January 6, 2012

 

2011

 

“The Holistic Ideal of the Humanities and Religious Revelation:

Linguistic-Cultural Diaspora or a New Universality?”

Lecture for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures,

University of Hong Kong, November 7, 2011

*    “Epic Imagination and the Unlimited Vision of Literature”

Distinguished Lecture Series, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,

University of Macao, October 27, 2011

* “Reading Emily Dickinson: Three Approaches to One of her Poems,”

with linguist Martin Montgomery and translator Zhang Meifang, Department of English Seminar Series,

University of Macao, October 21, 2011

* “L’itinéraire du corps dans la Divine comédie de Dante”

(“The Itinerary of the Body in Dante’s Divine Comedy”)

Lecture and seminar for the Faculty of Philosophy, Catholic Institute of Paris, September 23, 2011

* “Le commencement et la fin de la philosophie dans le mysticisme apophatique:

de Platon au postmodernisme”

(“The Beginning and the End of Philosophy in Apophatic Mysticism: From Plato to Postmodernism”)

Lecture at colloquium on “Philosophie et Mystique: Autour de Stanislas Breton,”

CERISY-la-Sale (France), August 27, 2011

*     “Dante e la teologia negativa” [Dante and Negative Theology]

ISSR (Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose),

University of Urbino Carlo Bo, August 18, 2011

“Canonicity, Creativity, and the Total Revelation of Literature”

The Hospitable Text Conference: New Approaches to Religion and Literature,

London, July 14-17, 2011

“The Paramount Importance of What Cannot Be Said in Public Theological Discourse”

International Conference on Contextuality and Intercontextuality in Public Theology

GNPT (Global Network for Public Theology)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Research Center for Public Theology

University of Bamberg, June 24, 2011

*     “A Philosophy of the Humanities:  Their Classical Roots and Contemporary Relevance”

Lecture sponsored by Department of English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,

University of Macao, May 5, 2011

*     Keynote Speech:  “Letargo and the Argo: Total Forgetting as the Moment of Truth at the Climax of Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Christian Epic Tradition”

4. Internationale Nachwuchstagung des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs: Generationenbewußtsein und Generationenkonflikte in Antike und Mittelalter: “Erfahren, Erzählen, Errinern: Narrative Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter”

[4th International Postgraduate Colloquium,  DFG [German Research Foundation]: “Record, Relate, Remember: Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages”]

Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, March 2- 4, 2011

2010

Response to Mary Watt lecture, “Dante, Columbus, and Stigliani’s Mondo Nuovo: Literary construction and spiritual imperialism.” Religious History Colloquium.

Vanderbilt Divinity School, September 15, 2010

“Don’t Mention It: Emily Dickinson’s Poetics of ‘Still Appreciation’” (read by Gary Stonum)

Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) International Conference

Oxford University, August 8, 2010

*     Plenary Address: “The Scientific Paradigm and the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities”

12th International Conference of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas):

“Thought in Science and Fiction”

Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey, August 4, 2010

“Porphyry and the Philosophical Interpretation of Literature”

Session on Literary Philosophy and Philosophical Literature

ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas)

Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey, August 3, 2010

“Poetic Revelation:  Between Language and Apocalypse”

Tools of the Sacred, Techniques of the Secular: Awakening, Epiphany, Apocalypse and Doubt in Contemporary English-Language Verse

Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Brussels, Belgium, May 7, 2010

2009

*    Keynote Address:  “’Il Trapassar del Segno’:  Language and Transcendence in Dante’s Paradiso

The Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference of the Nordic Dante Network: “Dante and Transgression”

University of Tampere, Finland, August 20, 2009

2008

“The Canon Question and the Value of Theory: Towards a New Concept of Universality”

Conference on National Literatures in the Age of Globalization: The Issue of Canon

University of Bucharest, November 1, 2008

“Existentialism:  A Christian Philosophy or the Ultimate Atheism?”

The Fourth World Congress of Phenomenology:

The Phenomenology and Existentialism of the Twentieth Century

Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, August 18, 2008

*     “Le Paradis de Dante et les conceptions monastiques du ciel au moyen âge”

Abbaye Saint-Wandrille, Normandy, France, July 22, 2008

+  “Lecture du Ciel de Jupiter dans le Paradis de Dante,” July 23, 2008

“Acknowledging Unknowing: Stanley Cavell and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature”

Conference on Stanley Cavell and Literary Criticism

Edinburgh University, May 11, 2008

2007

“Poetics of Silence in the Post-Holocaust Poetry of Paul Celan”

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference,

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington November 2, 2007

* “Porphyry and the Philosophical Criticism of Literature”

Guest Lecture in the Institute for Classical Philology

University of Salzburg, May 14, 2007

* “A Critical Negative Theology of Dialogue:

The Coincidence of Reason and Revelation in Communicative Openness”

(Vorlesung auf Englisch abgehalten mit anschliesender Diskussion auf Deutsch)

University of Salzburg, May 9, 2007

”Postmodern Identity Politics and the Social Tyranny of the Definable”

Annual Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film

Tallahassee, Florida, February 3, 2007

2006

“The Ethical Posture of Post-Colonial Discourse in Edward Said and in Mahatma Gandhi”

9th International Conference of the Forum on Contemporary Theory,

Udaipur, Rajasthan (India), December 16, 2006

* “Scripture as Theophany in Dante’s Paradiso

2006 Annual Lecture in Religion and Literature,

University of Notre Dame, October 30, 2006

“Habermas’s Critical Reflexive Philosophy versus Premodern Poetic and Theological Reflexivity”

12th International Philosophy Colloquium: The Structure of Reflection—Self-Conscioiusnes and Critique

Evian, France, July 16-22, 2006

“’The Missing All’: Emily Dickinson’s Apophatic Poetics”

College English Association 37th Annual Conference,

San Antonio, Texas, April 7, 2006

“Edmond Jabès, or the Name of God as the Vanity of Language in the Heart of Every Word”

XVIIth Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages and Literatures

Stetson University, Deland, Florida, March 3, 2006

2005

*     “Primordial Sacrifice, Typology, and the Theological Vocation of Literature in Finnegans Wake

Lecture for Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong

December 5, 2005

“Poetic Language, Apocalypse, and the Premises for Dialogue:  How a Secular West Can Face Radical Islam.”  Worlds in Discourse: Representations of Realities, International Conference,

Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia, November 21, 2005

*     “’Shadowy Prefaces’:  Literature, Theology, and the Philosophy of Unsaying”

Lecture for Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong,

November 8, 2005

“The Truth of Art in Time and in Eternity:  Dante’s Divine Commedy

Conference on Art and Time, Australian National University, November 3, 2005

* “The Death of God and the Crisis of Values in Secular Modernity and Post-secular Postmodernity”

Lecture Series on Culture, Value, and the Meaning of Life

Department of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong, September 28, 2005

“A Heideggerian Reading of Prophetic Temporality in the Aeneid

ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Annual Convention

Penn State University, March 11, 2005

“An Epistemology of the Humanities as Involved Knowing”

National Assocation for Humanities Education 2005 Convention

Richmond, February 25, 2005

“What Philosophical Criticism of Literature Can Do”

Seventh Annual Comparative Literature Conference:  “Thinking on the Boundaries: The Availability of Philosophy in Film and Literature,” University of South Carolina, February 11, 2005

2004

“The Place of the Proper Name in the Italian Topographies of the Paradiso

MLA (Modern Language Association) National Convention, Philadelphia, December 28, 2004

“Apophasis and the Neoplatonic Interpretation of Religious Revelation”

AAR (American Academy of Religion) National Convention. Platonism and Neoplatonism Group.

San Antonio, November 21, 2004.

“Proper Names, Singularities, and the Unnameable in the Topographies of Dante’s Paradiso

Names and the Unnameable: Literary Art and Spiritual Vision: 2004-05 Midwest Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Notre Dame University September 17, 2004

“Typological Re-Origination and the Theological Vocation of Poetry”

Bloomsday 100:  19th International James Joyce Symposium

Dublin, Ireland, June 14, 2004

“Christian Epic Tradition and Theological Revelation in ‘Finnegans Wake’”

Conference on Christianity and Literature

Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, March 27, 2004

“Negative Theology in Dante’s Paradiso after Derrida and Levinas

Medieval and Postmodern Intersections:  NJCEA 27th Annual Conference

Seton Hall University, March 20, 2004

“New Interpretations of Joyce and Christian Epic”

Miami Joyce Conference, January 30, 2004

2003

“Primary Metaphorization and the Origin of Language:  Vico’s Heritage”

Session on Italian Literature between Religion and Philosophy from Baroque Culture to Romanticism

MLA national convention, San Diego, December 28, 2003

“Dante and the Secularization of Religion through Literature”

Division on Literature and Religion:  Religion and the Rise of Literary Studies

MLA national convention, San Diego, December 27, 2003

Response to papers on “The Letter to the Romans Through the Ages”

Society for Biblical Literature at the AAR (American Academy of Religion) national convention

Atlanta, Georgia, November 22, 2003

“Dante’s Ugolino, or Narrative as the Instrument of Sin”

Session on Ethics and Narrative

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Assoc.), Claremont College, November 8, 2003

“Le nom de Dieu comme vanité du langage au fond de tout mot selon Edmond Jabes”

(“The Name of God as the Vanity of Language at the Bottom of Every Word according to Edmond Jabès”)

Colloque Jabès at CERISY (Centre Internationale de Culture)

Cerisy, France, August 19, 2003

“Mystical Rhetorics of Silence: Medieval to Modern”

Sixth International Literature and Humanities Conference: “Inscriptions in the Sand,”

Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus, June 1, 2003

“Paul Celan’s Immemorial Silence”
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) annual convention:  “Crossing Over”

San Marcos, California, April 5, 2003

“Negative Theology in the Neoplatonic Parmenides-Commentary Tradition

and as Revived in Contemporary Apophatic Forms of Thinking”

Society for the Contemporary Assessment of Platonism (SCAP)

American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco, March 31, 2003

“Virgil’s Invention of History as Prophecy”

Comparative Literature Conference:  “Imagining Rome”

California State University, Long Beach, March 15, 2003

“Dante:  Prophet and Pioneer of Secular Humanism”

Conference on Humanism, SUNY Stony Brook, February 28, 2003

2002

“A Philosophy of the Unsayable:  Apophatic Discourses from Plato to the Postmodern”

Vanderbilt Philosophy Colloquium, October 11, 2002

“Joyce’s Typology and the Theological Vocation of Poetry”

International James Joyce Symposium, session on Joyce and the Bible

Trieste, Italy, June 21, 2002

“The Writing of Silence in Post-Holocaust Poetry of Paul Celan and Edmond Jabès”

Phenomenology and Literature Conference:  Aesthetics of Mystery in Poetry, Novel, Drama and Film

Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 9, 2002

“Virgil’s Invention of History as Prophecy”

Classical Association of the Atlantic States, session on Augustan Latin Poetry

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, April 27, 2002

2001

 

“Singularity, Alterity, and the Unspeakable: Apophasis in Post-Holocaust Poetry and
Thought.”  International Phenomenological Symposium: “Singularity-Subjectivity-The Other”

Perugia, Italy, July 17, 2001

“On What Cannot Be Said: Significances of Silence in Society, Philosophy, Religion, Literature and

the Arts,” McGill Philosophy Discussion Hour

Vanderbilt, April 2, 2001

2000

*     “Dante’s Paradiso and the Poetics of Unsayability”

Presentation at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, November 18, 2000

“Topografie italiane come metafore dell’altro mondo nel Paradiso dantesco”

(“Italian Topographies as Metaphors for the Other World in the Paradiso”)

XVII Conference of  A.I.S.L.L.I. (Associazione Internationale per gli Studi di Lingua e Letteratura Italiana) on the topic “Le Dimore della Poesia” (“The Dwellings of Poetry”)

Gardone Riviera (Brescia), Italy, June 3, 2000

“Dante’s Poetics of Exile”

International Dante Seminar, invited as “discussant” by Società Dantesca Italiana

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, June 9-11, 2000

“The Exodus Epic:  History and Ritual”

2000 Association for Core Texts and Curriculums (ACTC) Sixth Annual Conference

San Francisco, April 15, 2000

“Theological Apocalypse and the Breaking-Open of Dialogue in Literature:  Some Political and Poetic Proposals for the New Millennium,” Comparative Literature Colloquium, Vanderbilt, January 25, 2000

1999

“The Lyric Poetics of the Paradiso

1999 South Atlantic MLA Convention, Atlanta, November 6, 1999

Inferno as a Humanities Text:  The Interpretive Journey and the Allegory of Reading”

1999 Association for Core Texts and Curriculums (ACTC) Fifth Annual Conference

New Orleans, April 11, 1999.

*     “Poetry as Apocalypse and as Negative Theology:  Dante to Paul Celan and Wallace Stevens”

Lecture for the Department of French and Italian and Committe on Graduate Studies

Louisiana State Universtiy, March 19, 1999

“Language as Exile:  The Poetics of Ineffability”

(French Graduate Conference on “Exile,” read for me in absentia by Prof. Patricia Ward)

Vanderbilt University, February 26, 1999

1998

“Joyce and Christian Epic Tradition:  Linguistic Repetition and Theological Revelation”

XVI International James Joyce Symposium

Rome, June 18, 1998

“Prophecy Eclipsed:  Hamlet as a Tragedy of Knowledge”

1998 Association for Core Texts and Curriculums (ACTC) Fourth Annual Conference

University of North Carolina, April 19, 1998.

“Dante’s Address to the Reader en face Derrida’s Critique of Ontology”

XXII Annual Phenomenology and Literature Congress,

The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and Learning

Harvard University, April 16, 1998

“Theory of the Symbol in French Symbolist Poetry:  Baudelaire’s Heirs”

L’ère de Baudelaire:  Symposium Honoring Claude Pichois

W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire Studies, Vanderbilt University, April 4, 1998

“Dante and Derrida:  Ontology and Hermeneutics”

Philosophy Colloquia Series, Department of Philosophy

Vanderbilt University, February 20, 1998

1997

“Dante’s Vision of Scripture in the Heaven of Jove”

1997 MLA Conference:  Medieval/Renaissance Italian Division

Toronto, December 30, 1997

“Apocalypse and the Breaking-Open of Dialogue”

Colloquium for History and Critical Theories of Religion Program,

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

Vanderbilt University, 3 December, 1997

“Poetry Between Metaphysics and Negative Theology:  From Dante to Celan”

Symposium on The Tradition of Metaphysical Poetry and Belief, November 1, 1997

Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

“Dante’s Comet:  Apocalyptic Poetry and its After-Sparks”

Symposium on History, Apocalypse and the Secular Imagination

University of British Columbia, September 19, 1997

“An Evening Around William Franke and his Dante’s Interpretive Journey

Religious Studies Department, Vanderbilt University, September 8, 1997.

“Humanities Knowledge and the Bible”

1997 Association for Core Texts and Curriculums (ACTC) Third Annual Conference

Temple University, April 11, 1997

1996

 

“Dante’s Address to the Reader and Derrida on Address”

1996 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference on “Literature Between Philosophy and Cultural Studies,” University of Notre Dame, April 12, 1996

“Petrarch, Bocaccio, and the Waning of Dante’s Hermeneutic Horizon”

Tenth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval -Renaissance Studies,

Sarasota, March 14, 1996.  Session Chair:  Lee Patterson

1995

*  “Resurrection and the Like:  Historical Tradition and Revelation According to Dante Alighieri.”

Lecture at the Graduate Center for Medieval Studies, Medieval History Series,

University of Reading, England, May 26, 1995.

1994

 

“Truth and Interpretation in the Divine Comedy

Ninth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval -Renaissance Studies,

Sarasota, Florida, March 11, 1994

1993

“Dante and the Poetics of Religious Revelation”

MLA Special Session on “Literature and the Concern for Truth”

Toronto, December 28, 1993

“Heidegger and the Greeks”

Seminar at Collegium Phaenomenologicum

Perugia, Italy, August 1993

“Dante, Gadamer and the Question of Suprahistorical Truth”

International Hermeneutics Symposium

Heidelberg, July 2-4, 1993

1992

“Heidegger on Heraclitus’ Logos Fragment”

Workshop in program of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum,

Perugia, Italy, August 1992

“The Divine Comedy as Prophetic Poem”

Pair of lectures in Great Works Series at Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

Vanderbilt University, April 10, 1992

“Dante’s Address to the Reader and its Resonance with Contemporary Theories of Interpretation”

Symposium in Comparative Literature on Dante and Modernism

University of Tulsa, March 27, 1992

1991

 

“The Sign of the Swan and the Polysemous Dove:  Incarnational Poetics in Dante and Mallarmé”

Lecture sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature

Stanford University, June 10, 1991

“Historical Sense and Reader’s Historicity in the Divine Comedy

Lecture for the Medieval Studies Forum

Stanford University, May 29, 1991

“Blind Prophecy:  Milton’s Figurative Mode in Paradise Lost

Conference on Christianity and Literature

Santa Clara University, May 3, 1991

“The Polysemous Dove: Truth and Interpretation in the Divine Comedy

Lecture for The Program in Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University, January 25, 1991

 


 

LANGUAGES:

Modern

Italian (fluent)

French (fluent)

German (fluent)

Spanish (adequate)

Ancient

Greek

Latin

Medieval

Middle English

Old French

Occitan (Langue d’oc)

Middle High German

(University-level experience teaching in German, French, and Italian, as well as in English, for courses in philosophy, literature, and theology.  Ancient and medieval languages listed are ones used in published research.)

 

 

 

EDITORIAL BOARDS:

 

Hermeneutica

Enthymema: Rivista di teoria, critica e filosofia della letteratura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEACHING-RELATED ACTIVITIES:

 

 

New Courses Introduced

 

 

DIV 3910-01 / RLST 243  Paul and Postmodern Political Theologies (Spring 2010)

 

DIV 3910-01 / REL 3910-01 / RLST 294  Apophatic Theology and Culture (Fall 2009)

FR 256.  Existentialisme en Philosophie, Littérature et Théologie

(At Vanderbilt-in-France, Fall 2008)

VORLESUNG  Postmodernreligionsphilosophien

[Postmodern Philosophies of Religion] (At University of Salzburg, Spring 2007)

CONVERSATORIUM. Apophatische oder negative Theologie in der Kultur

[Apophatic or Negative Theology in Culture] (At University of Salzburg, Spring 2007)

CONVERSATORIUM. Dantes Paradiso im theologischen Hinblick

[Theology Perspectives on Dante’s Paradiso] (At University of Salzburg, Spring 2007)

DIV 388/FR   Post-Modern Theory: In the Wake of the Death of God  (Fall 2006)

LECTURE COURSE.  Postmodernism

(At University of Hong Kong, Department of Comparative Literature, Fall 2005)

CLT 360  Philosophy and Literature: Philosophical Criticism of Literature  (Spring 2005)

CLT 341 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism: Current Trends  (Fall 2003, 2004)

CLT 340 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism: Classic Texts and Traditions (Spring 2003, 2004)

CLT 355  The Writing of Silence  (Spring 2002)

CLT 355 Mystical Rhetorics of Silence from Plotinus to John of the Cross (Fall 2001)

CLT 355-03 On What Cannot Be Said: Apophatic Discourses in Theology, Philosophy, and Literature (Spring 2000)

CLT 355 Poetics and Politics of the Origin of Language (Spring 1999)

CLT/French 355  The Unnameable and the Sublime (Fall 1999)

CLT/English 355  Metaphor (Spring 1998)

CLT 350  Postcolonial Criticism and Theory:  Applications and Emergences of Literary Theories (team-taught with Margaret Doody)  (Fall 1998)

CLT 350 The Soul:  Applications and Emergencies of Literary Theories (team-taught with Margaret Doody)   (Fall 1997)

CLT 327  The Structuralist Paradigm and its Transformations (Spring 1997)

CLT / Philosophy 345  Hermeneutics (repeated 1992-1997)

 

 

 


 

PhD. Dissertations Directed:

David Dark (Religious Studies): “Insert Soul Here: The Witness Sacramental Poetics as Apocalyptic for the People” (2011)

Yong Chen (Religious Studies): “On the Rhetoric of Defining Confucianism as a ‘Religion’: A Hermeneutic Reading of the Controversy on Confucian Religiosity and its Significance to the Understanding of Chinese Tradition and Modernity” (2005)

Donald Holman (Comparative Literature): “The Death of Dionysos: Formative Experience and Human Autonomy in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre” (2004)

Heather Garrett (French): “Nothing to Say. Disclosures of Silence in 20th Century French Narrative” (2004)

Robert Scott Hubbard (Comparative Literature): “Original Sins: Philosophical Appropriations of Agency and Meaning in the Greek Tragedians” (2002)

In Progress:

Chance Woods (English)

Xiaolun Qi (Comparative Literature)

Menghun Goh (Religious Studies):  “New Testament and Political Theology: 1 and 2 Corinthians”

Alexandra Campana (German)

Ph.D. Dissertation Committees:

David Dault (Divinity):  “The Covert Magisterium:  Theology, Textuality and the Question of Scripture” (2008)

Claudia Schlee (German):  “Poetry as Compass: Chaos, Complexity and the Creative Voice” (2007)

Rachel Bauer (Spanish):  “Madness and Laughter: Cervantes’s Comic Vision in Don Quixote” (2007)

James Burt Fulmer (Religious Studies): “Identities Bought and Sold, Identity Received as Grace: A Theological Criticism of and Alternative to Consumerist Understanding of the Self” (2006)

Brian McGinnis (German): “Reading the Moral Code: Theories of Mind and Body in Eighteenth-Century Germany” (2006)

Joshua Braley (Religious Studies): “Bringing God to Mind: Christian Theology in Light of the Critical Study of Religion” (2006)

Justine Van Meter (Comparative Literature): “Writing the Dying and the Dead: Irishness, Jewishness and Gender” (2006)

André Sousan (Divinity): “The Woman in the Garden of Eden: A Rhetorical-Critical Study of Genesis 2:4b-3:24 (2006)

Azucena Garcia-Marcos (Facultad de Psicologia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid): “Una Approximacion psychoanalytica a la obra de Francisco de Goya” (2006)

Shirin Edwin (French): “Négocier pour survivre: La représentation de l’islam dans les productions romanesques francophones de l’Afrique de l”Ouest (1950-2002)” (2005)

Apel Ygrek (Philosophy): “Virile Expenditure: A Study of Bataille’s Transgressive Erotics” (2004)

Kathleen Costales (Spanish): “No Hay Cosa Como Callar: Una Edicíon Critica” (2004)

Deborah Barnard (French): “Marginality and Mixed Marriages in the Works of Albert Memmi” (2003)

R. Philip O’Hara (Divinity): “Economics of the Basileia Tou Theou in Mark” (2002)

Cécile Guillard (French): “Baudelaire malgré tout: La présence de Baudelaire dans l’oeuvre de Ives Bonnefoy” (2002)

Terresa Stricklen (Divinity): “Preaching and Theology in Light of Theological Education: The Early History of a Troubled Marriage or What Went Wrong How” (2001)

Brett Davis (Philosophy): “On the Way to Gelassenheit: The Problem of the Will and the Possibility of Non-Willing in Heidegger’s Thought” (2001)

Ken Himmelman (Comparative Literature): “‘Beyond the Compass of Time’: The Fragmented Universe and the Rise of Modern Science Fiction, 1600-1740” (1998)

Darren Hutchinson (Philosophy): “A Song of Solipsism: Wittgenstein and the End of the World” (1996)

Greg Carey (Religious Studies): “Elusive Apocalypse: Reading Authority in the Revelation of John” (1996)

Gian Balsamo (Comparative Literature): “Legitimate Filiation and Gender Segragation: Law and Fiction in Texts by Derrida, Hegel, Joyce, Pirandello and Vico” (1994)

In progress:

Susan Safford (Religious Studies): “Intersections of Time: Readings of Simultaneity in the Book of Judges”

Andrea Eder (German)

Shaun Haskins (Comparative Literature)

Maya Smith (Comparative Literature)

MA Theses directed (or co-directed):

 

Lauren Smelser (Master Theological Studies): “Christian Hermeneutics in the ‘Now’ and the ‘Not Yet’ of God’s Logos: Embodying Christ through Kenosis in Comparative Theological Readership” (2010)

Andrea Thornton (Religious Studies):  “Job and Philosophy” (2010)

Zachery Gershom (Divnity):  “Orthodox Akatathan Liturgy and Apophasis” (2010)

Eric Froom (Philosophy):  “Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and Philosophical Doubt” (2007)

Burt Fulmer (Interdisciplinary Studies): “Rene Girard and the Exorcism of the Possessed Consumer”  (2006)

Natalia Mikailovitch (Comparative Literature): “Transforming the Language: Translation as Exile and Hermeneutic Dialogue” (2005)

Robert Nasatir (Comparative Literature): “Burning Shadow: The Poetic Image of Federico García Lorca in English-Language Poetry” (2000)

Laura Matter Fukeshima (Comparative Literature): “Reproducing Catullus: Translation and the Polymtria” (2001)

Matt Burleson (Comparative Literature): “Traces of Heidegger in Crista Wolf’s Cassandra” (2000)

Michel Le Grand (Comparative Literature): “Modernist Poetics of Paul Valery, Pedro Salinas” (1995)

SERVICE (current representative activities)

To Department:  French Faculty Advisor at McTyeire International Hall

Organized Fireside Chat of poet Béatrice Machet at McTyeire, October 13, 2009

Invited Zygmunt Baranski, Serena Professor of Italian at Cambridge, for two lectures:

“Pasolini’s Uccellini e Uccellacci: Histories of Italy/Histories of Cinema” 9-30-2010

“What’s so New about the Vita Nova?” 10-1-2010

To College:  Advisory Board of the Max Kade Center for German and European Studies

Committee for Promotion to tenure of Prof. Richard McGregor

To University:  Faculty-in-residence at McTyeire International Hall (for Italian, German, French, and

Spanish)

To Profession: Executive Board Member of Dante Society Council of the Dante Society of America.

Referee for Promotion to Full Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Tenure Review Committee & Promotion to Associate Professor of Italian, Wayne State University

Tenure Review Committee for Promotion to Associate Professor of Italian, Princeton University

Referee for the Dante Prize (undergraduate essay contest) and Grandgent Prize (graduate essay

contest)

Referee of Grant Proposals for American Philosophical Association and Louisiana State

Member of advisory board of Enthymema: Rivista di teoria, critica e filosofia della letteratura;

and of Hermeneutica

Reader of manuscripts for University of Toronto Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, SUNY Press, Fordham University Press, Philosophy of Rhetoric, Christianity and Literature, PMLA, Journal of Religion, Acta Academica, Swiss National Science Foundation, Sage Publications

To Community:  Member of artistic team for poetry workshops (ateliers d’écriture) of the Scriptorium at

L’Isle-sur-Sorgue (May 10); the Festival Poétique des Petits Toits du Monde (May 29-30), Noyer-

sur-Gabron; and Festival Ex-Poésie at Perigueux on June 30.

CV.2012

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