Department of French and Romance Philology  







Sylvère Lotringer



Professor Emeritus

Twentieth-Century French literature and philosophy

Sylvère Lotringer studied at the Sorbonne and received his doctorate from the École Pratique des Hautes Études VIe section, Paris (1967). He has published books with French theorists Paul Virilio (Pure War, New York: Semiotext(e), 1983) and Jean Baudrillard, (Forget Foucault, 1986), in addition to Overexposed, an update on Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality (New York: Pantheon, 1988). He is the author of Antonin Artaud (New York: Scribners’ and Sons, 1990), has published on Georges Bataille, Simone Weil, L.-F. Céline, Marguerite Duras, Robert Antelme, and is currently completing a study on this author’s anticipation of World War II. Lotringer has also published extensively on art: Philosopher-Artist, (Berlin: Merve Verlag 1986); Foreign Agent: Kunst in den Zeiten der Theorie (1991); Nancy Spero (London: Phaidon Press, 1995) and recently contributed to exhibition catalogues from the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum . He is now putting together a volume entitled French Theory in America for Routledge , New York . As General Editor of Semiotext(e) and of the "Foreign Agents" series, Lotringer was instrumental in introducing French theory to the United States . His teaching interests include Dada and surrealism, situationism, Mallarmé, Proust, structuralism and post-structuralism, as well as anthropology, semiotics, philosophy and art in relation to 20th-century literature.

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