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Dr Paul Earlie


My principal area of research is modern and contemporary French thought, with a particular focus on the relationship between intermediality and thought and in rhetoric as a theory and practice of communication. I also have teaching and research interests in francophone Belgian culture. 

I was an undergraduate in English Literature and French at Trinity College, Dublin, before completing my DPhil in French, on Derrida and psychoanalysis, at the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, I spent two years as a Laming Junior Fellow and was also a pensionnaire étranger at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. More recently, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Belgium at the Université libre de Bruxelles, which sparked my current interest in classical rhetoric and its reception. 

I am currently working on two book projects. The first is a revised version of my doctoral thesis exploring the dynamic exchange between two of the most important strands of French thought: psychoanalysis and deconstruction. I am also working on a second monograph, co-written with the philosopher Michel Meyer, entitled Rhetoric, Ethics, Aesthetics, which proposes a new, integrative theory of the functioning of rhetoric in literature, philosophy, and everyday life. 

I have recently edited a special issue of the Revue internationale de philosophie, which brings together a number of fresh approaches—neuropsychoanalysis, ecocriticism, speculative formalism—to the perennially thorny relationship between psychoanalysis and literature.





Department of French

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