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Jean-Michel Rabaté

Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Fisher-Bennett Hall 339

Jean-Michel Rabaté is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.  One of the founders and curators of Slought Foundation in Philadelphia (, he is a managing editor of the Journal of Modern Literature. Since 2008, he has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rabaté has authored or edited 38 books on modernism, psychoanalysis, contemporary art, philosophy, and writers like Beckett,  Pound and Joyce. Recent books include Lacan Literario (2007), 1913: The cradle of modernism  (2007, Chinese translation 2013), The Ethic of the Lie (2008), Etant donnés: 1) l’art, 2) le crime  (2010). The Ghosts of Modernity has been republished in 2010. In 2013, he has edited A Handbook of Modernism Studies and a new French translation of Joyce's Exiles. Recent titles include Crimes of the Future (2014), The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Psychoanalysis, The Pathos of Distance (2016); Think, Pig! Beckett at the limit of the human (2016), and Les Guerres de Derrida (2016).




Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Gabriel Sessions "To Feel Thought as Immediately as a Rose: Philosophy, Modernism, and Utopian Collaborations"


Daniel Snelson "Variable Format: Media Poetics and the Little Database "


Vaclav Paris "Everyday Epic: Evolution, Sexuality, and Modernist Narrative."


Andrew Gaedtke "The Machinery of Madness: Psychosis, Technology, and Modernist Narrative"


John P. Heon "The Dionysia of Science: Humor, Rational Madness, and Comic Experimental Methods in the Works of Bruce Nauman and Thomas Pynchon"
Benjamin Kahan "Modern American Celibacies, 1886-1969"


Alexine Fleck "The Low and the Lost: Ethics, Expertise and Drug-Use Memoirs"
Josh Schuster "Modernist Biotopias: Organicism and Vitalism in Early Twentieth-Century American Poetry"


Damien Keane "Dictating Terms: Irish Writing, Criticism, and the Problem of Information, 1933-1953"


Shanyn Fiske "Haes and Hellenism: Underworlds of the Victorian Mythopoetic Imagination"


Paul Kintzele "On the Verge of the World: Internationalism in the Text of Modernism"


Jeremy Braddock "The Modernist Collector and Black Modernity, 1914-1934"