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Professor Leslie Hill FBA

Emeritus Professor
Email: leslie dot hill at warwick dot ac dot uk

Research interests

My main interest is in the relationship between literary texts and literary theory, modern philosophy, film, and social and political issues. I have written among others on Sade, Flaubert, Mallarmé, Proust, Roussel, Bataille, Artaud, Klossowski, Blanchot, Levinas, Barthes, Beckett, Genet, Robbe-Grillet, Resnais, Duras, Guibert, Godard, Celan, Derrida, and Straub-Huillet, and have supervised PhD dissertations on Maurice Blanchot and Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, Nietzsche, the fiction of Maurice Roche and Roger Laporte, and the films of Godard, as well as MA work on Bataille, Beckett, Duras, Cardinal, Rivette, and various others.

I am currently working on three related research projects: a book-length study of Klossowski's personal, philosophical, and artistic engagement with Christianity and the question of the possibility of atheism, and in particular with the work of Nietzsche, currently entitled Circulus vitiosus deus: Klossowski, Nietzsche, and the Deconstruction of Christianity; a re-assessment of the ongoing differend between Blanchot and Nancy on the question of community from the 1980s to the present: Nancy, Blanchot: A Serious Controversy (Community, Literature, Politics, Religion); and a book-length exploration of the French, German, and Italian political cinema of Straub and Huillet, Another Cinema: the films of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub.

Selected publications

Books

Beckett's Fiction: In Different Words, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1990, republished 2009, xii + 187 pp., ISBN 978 0 0 521 35645 8 (hb), 978 0 521 11056 3 (pbk)

Marguerite Duras: Apocalyptic Desires, London, Routledge, 1993, x + 200 pp., ISBN 0 415 05047 2 (hb), ISBN 0 415 05048 0 (pbk), republished 2001 in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, ISBN 0 203 00239 3

Blanchot: Extreme Contemporary, London, Routledge, 1997, xii + 302 pp., ISBN 0 415 09173 X (hb), ISBN 0 415 09174 8 (pbk), republished 2001 in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, ISBN 0 203 00475 2

Bataille, Klossowski, Blanchot: Writing at the Limit, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001, x + 277 pp., ISBN 0 19 815971 4, republished 2010 by Oxford Scholarship Online, at http://www.oxfordscholarship.com, ISBN 9780198159711; eISBN: 9780191716065; DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159711.001.0001.

The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Derrida, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007, xii + 140 pp., ISBN 978 0 521 86416 9 (hb), 978 0 521 68281 7 (pbk)

Radical Indecision: Barthes, Blanchot, Derrida, and the Future of Criticism, Notre Dame, Indiana, Notre Dame University Press, 2010, xiv + 438 pp, ISBN 978 0 268 03107 7

Maurice Blanchot and Fragmentary Writing: A Change of Epoch, New York, Continuum, 2012, vi + 443 pp., ISBN 978 1 4411 2527 9 (hb), 978 1 4411 6622 7 (pbk).

Co-edited volumes

After Blanchot: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism, edited by Leslie Hill, Brian Nelson, and Dimitris Vardoulakis, Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2005, ISBN 0 87413 946 5

‘Blanchot’s Epoch’, edited by Leslie Hill and Mike Holland, Paragraph, 30, 3, November 2007, ISSN 0264 8334, ISBN 978 0 7486 3262 6

Blanchot dans son siècle, edited by Monique Antelme, Gisèle Berkman, Christophe Bident, Jonathan Degenève, Leslie Hill, Michael Holland, Olivier Le Trocquer, Jérémie Majorel, and Parham Shahrjerdi, Lyon, éditions Parangon, collection Sens Public, 2009, ISBN 978-2-84190-191-3

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