Professor of French and Comparative Literature
College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0353
Office: Taper Hall of Humanities, Room 126K
Ph.D. Cornell University
18th-Century French literature and literary theory.
Professor Kamuf works principally at the conjunction of literature and contemporary continental philosophy. She has written on Rousseau, 18th-century French fiction, Virginia Woolf, Baudelaire, and literary theory in her first two books (Fictions of Feminine Desire: Disclosures of Heloise (1992) and Signature Pieces: On the Institution of Authorship (1988). Her latest book, The Division of Literature, or the University in Deconstruction (1997), concerns literary education and institutionalization since the 18th century. She has also edited A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds (1991), translated numerous essays by Derrida, and written extensively on his work. At present, she is collecting her essays on Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Hélène Cixous in a volume. Her current research interests are in American Literature (Melville, Dickinson, James, Stein). In 1998, she was Visiting Professor at the Centre d'Etudes Féminines, Université de Paris VIII and from 1991-96 was Directeur de Programme at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris.