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Robert Harvey 

Distinguished Professor 
Recipient of the President's & Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1988


241 Harriman Hall 
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750

Tel: (631) 632-7580


Areas of Specialization:   Modern and contemporary  literatures in French, critical theory, history of ideas, relations between philosophical and literary discourses. Literature and the arts, film and theory of film, sexuality and literature, terror and surveillance.

Professor Harvey's  teaching explores the interpenetrations of literary and philosophical discourse and the relations between art and philosophy. Harvey has written extensively on Jean-François Lyotard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, Marcel Duchamp and Michel Deguy. He has translated Lyotard, Deguy, Duras, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Paul Ricœur. His most recent books are  Sharing Common Ground: A Space for Ethics  (Bloomsbury, 2017) (translations in Japanese and French forthcoming in 2020),  a translation of Deguy's  To That Which Ends Not: Threnody  (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018),  Witnessness: Beckett, Levi, Dante and the Foundations of Ethics  (Continuum, 2010), which appeared in French as  Témoignabilité  (MetisPresses, 2015), and  De l’exception à la règle  (Éditions Lignes, 2006) on USA PATRIOT Act. He is a major co-editor of the  Œuvres complètes of Marguerite Duras in the Pléiade edition with Gallimard. From 2001 until 2007, Harvey was a Program Director at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris.

Prof. Harvey is currently completing a book entitled  Scare Quotes for MIT Press on "semantic perversion" and, with Kiff Bamford, is under contract for a translation and critical edition of Jean-François Lyotard's  Lecture d'enfance  ( Readings in Infancy).

Additional information may be found on his official   website .

Professor Robert Harvey's CV


Publications Include


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