Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
PhD Stanford University
PhD Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and culture, the novel, continental philosophy, literary theory, aesthetics, intellectual history, European cinema, existentialism
414 Lattimore Hall
Robert Doran teaches courses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French literature and culture, in particular on the novel, Romanticism, Napoleon, Existentialism, and Paris. He also teaches courses on continental philosophy and contemporary French thought. His current research concerns philosophical aesthetics, in particular the concept of the sublime, literary theory, early French cinema (especially Jean Renoir), intellectual history, and historical theory. He is currently working on two book projects: Revolutionary Aesthetics: The Sublime in Nineteenth-Century France; and The Ethics of Art.
- The Ethics of Theory: Philosophy, History, Literature (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2016).
- The Theory of the Sublime from Longinus to Kant (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, July 2015). 328 pages.
- Edited, Philosophy of History After Hayden White (London: Bloomsbury, 2013/2015).
- Edited, The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957-2007, by Hayden White (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). [Spanish Translation: La ficción de la narrativa. Ensayos sobre historia, literatura y teoría. 1957-2007, trans. María Julia de Ruschi. (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2011).]
- Edited, Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953-2005, by René Girard (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008/2011).
- Guest editor, Yale French Studies 123 (2013): "Rethinking Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009)."
- Guest Editor, SubStance 37.1 (2008): "Cultural Theory after 9/11: Terror, Religion, Media."
- "Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion: An Antiwar Film?," forthcoming.
- "Metahistory and the Ethics of Historiography," Storia della Storiografia 65.1 (2014): 153-162.
- "Imitation and Originality: Thinking Creative Mimesis in Longinus, Kant, and Girard," in René Girard and Creative Mimesis, ed. Vern Neufeld Redekop and Thomas Ryba (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2014): 111-122.
- "Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason and the Debate with Lévi-Strauss," Yale French Studies 123 (2013): 41-62.
- "Choosing the Past: Hayden White and the Philosophy of History," in Philosophy of History After Hayden White, ed. Robert Doran (London: Bloomsbury, 2013): 1-33.
- "Mimesis, Figuration, and the Writing of History," in The SAGE Handbook of Historical Theory, ed. Nancy Partner and Sarah Foot (London: Sage Publications, 2013): 106-118.
- "René Girard's Concept of Conversion and the Via Negativa: Revisiting Deceit, Desire and the Novel with Jean-Paul Sartre," Journal of Religion and Literature 43.3 (2012): 36-45.
- "Mimesis and Aesthetic Redemption," in Rethinking Mimesis: Concepts and Practices of Literary Representation, ed. S. Isomaa, S. Kivistö, P. Lyytikäinen, S. Nyqvist, M. Polvinen, and R. Rossi
(Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012): 201-225.
- "René Girard's Archaic Modernity," Revista de Comunicação e Cultura / Journal of Communication and Culture 11 (2011): 37-52.
- "Ambiguity in Jean Renoir’s La Règle du jeu," Contemporary French Civilization 34.2 (2010): 167-190.
- "Humanism, Formalism, and the Discourse of History," editor's introduction to Hayden White, The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957-2007 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010): xiii-xxxii.
- "Erich Auerbach’s Humanism and the Criticism of the Future," Moderna, semestrale di teoria e critica della letteratura 11.1/2 (2009): 99-108.
- "Logique et Sublimité: Dupuy et Vertigo de Hitchcock," in De l’auto-organisation au temps du projet. Autour de Jean-Pierre Dupuy – Colloque de Cerisy (Paris: Carnets Nord, 2009): 1-17.
- "Terrorism and Cultural Theory: The Singularity of 9/11," SubStance 37.1 (2008): 3-19.
- "Literature as Theory," editor's introduction to Mimesis and Theory: Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953-2005, by René Girard (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008): xi-xxvi.
- "Literary History and the Sublime in Erich Auerbach's Mimesis," New Literary History 38.2 (2007): 353-369.
- René Girard, "Rupture and Literary Creation in Jean-Paul Sartre," Contagion 22 (2015): 1-15.
- Marcel Hénaff, "Living with Others: Reciprocity and Alterity in Lévi-Strauss," Yale French Studies 123 (2013): 63-82.
- René Girard, "The Future of the Novel," Contagion 19 (2012): 1-8.
- Realists and Romantics
- French Cinema: 1930-1960
- Sartre and Camus
- Balzac and Baudelaire in Paris
- Sartre and Heidegger
- French Social Thought
- Introduction to French Literature
- Philosophy of Art
- Revolution and Romanticism
- Hugo’s Les Misérables
- Napoleon: Image, Myth, History
- Romantic Orientalism
- Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century