Laurent Milesi 长聘教授
Laurent Milesi (DPhil Oxford) is Tenured Professor of English Literature and Critical Theory at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Doctoral Supervisor, winner of One Thousand Talents Award (2019-2020). He joined SJTU from Cardiff University, where he taught from 1995 to 2017, chaired the prestigious Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (2013-2017), and was made an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (2017-until December 2020). Before 1995, he was a Research/Teaching Fellow, Corpus Christi College, at Cambridge University (1988-1991) and taught at University of Wales, Swansea (1991-1994). He was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Pisa (Spring 1994) and taught on Erasmus schemes at the Free University and Humboldt University, Berlin, and University of Nantes (2000, 2001, 2003).
He worked as External Examiner (PG degrees, PhDs, etc.) at Lancaster University; Goldsmiths College, London; University of Leeds; Birkbeck College, London; University of Glasgow (on James Joyce/modernism, various topics in Critical Theory)
He is proficient in several languages, especially French, English, Romanian, Italian (native/near-native); German, Spanish (fluent); Portuguese, Russian (relatively fluent).
He has translated five important works of critical theory and fiction (major works by Jacques Derrida for Stanford UP and (forthcoming) University of Chicago Press, and by Hélène Cixous for Polity and Seagull Books) and authored nearly 150 essays published in fifteen countries, including in major international journals such as James Joyce Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, New Literary History, parallax, Paragraph, Oxford Literary Review, etc.
He worked for the bilingual English-French Oxford Hachette Dictionary, 1st ed. (1994).
He is joint-editor-in-chief (with Arleen Ionescu) of Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, for which he (co-)edited 4 issues (2011, 2014, 2017, 2019) with academics from Malta and China.
At present, he is working on a project on ‘A Conceptual Genealogy of the Virtual’ as well as a commissioned monograph on videogames and posthumanism for the ‘Critical Posthumanisms’ series at Brill.
Main research areas:
Post/Modernist Fiction (James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon); Post/Modernist Poetry (Ezra Pound, Black Mountain Poetry, Contemporary American Poetries); Poststructuralism (Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction, Hélène Cixous, Bernard Stiegler); Psychoanalysis (Jacques Lacan); Theories of The Postmodern (Jean-François Lyotard); Posthumanism (Animality, Technicity); Translation Theory; French Autofiction (Chloé Delaume); Game Studies; Genetic Criticism
Main courses taught:
‘Contemporary Western Literary Theory: Saussure to the Present’ (postgraduate and PhD); ‘Frontiers in Western Literature’ (postgraduate and PhD); ‘Classics of Western Literature’ (undergraduate)
Main research projects:
‘Double-Class’ Construction (1000 Talents; Shanghai);
COST Action 15137 project (ENRESSH); https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA15137/#tabs|Name:management-committee 2018-2019
He has (co-)edited 2 collections of essays, 4 journal issues, and has published over 130 essays, not including book reviews and translations.
Main monographs and edited issues:
- (ed. with Christopher Müller and Aidan Tynan) Credo Credit Crisis: Speculations on Faith and Money (London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017), viii + 364 pp. [edited book]. Includes ‘Believing in Deconstruction’, 271-99
- ‘Introduction: Fifty Years On, Looking Back...’, Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 7 (2017): ‘50 Years + – The Age of “New French Theory” (1966-1970)’, ed. Laurent Milesi, pp. 5-14
- (ed. with Ivan Callus and Stefan Herbrechter) parallax 21.1 (2015): ‘Deconstruction - Space - Ethics’, 127 pp. [A&HCI] Includes ‘SÉANCE TENANTE: Deconstruction in (the) Place of Ethics Now’, 6-25
- (ed.) Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 4.1 (2014): ‘“Keep It New”: Recent Trends in Experimental Fiction in English’, 187 pp.
- (ed. with Ivan Callus) Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 1.2 (2011): ‘Limits of Criticism / Critique of the Limits’, 153 pp.
- (ed. and intr.) James Joyce and the Difference of Language (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), xiii + 232 pp. Includes ‘Introduction: Language(s) with a Difference’, 1-27
Main representative articles and book chapters:
- ‘Freud’s Uncanny in the Posthuman Valley’, Oxford Literary Review 42.2 (2020): ‘“We Ourselves Speak a Language that is Foreign”: One Hundred Years of Freud’s Uncanny’, ed. Nicholas Royle, pp. 247-51 [A&HCI]
- ‘Literature between Antidote and Black Magic: The Autofiction of Chloé Delaume’, in Arts of Healing: Cultural Narratives of Trauma, ed. Arleen Ionescu and Maria Margaroni (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020), pp. 159-185
- ‘Virturéalité et autogenèse. Les (re)constructions de « Chloé Delaume » sur chloedelaume.net’, Genesis. Revue internationale de critique génétique, no. 50 : ‘Aragon’, ed. and intr. Luc Vigier (2020), pp. 147-56
- ‘Cyber-Ego Sum: Autofiction versus Psychoanalysis’, in Knots: Post-Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté (New York and London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 193-210
- ‘De-monstrating Monsters: Unmastering (in) Derrida and Cixous’, parallax 25.3 (2019): ‘Unidentified Literary Objects’, ed. Camilla Bostock and Sarah Jackson, pp. 269-87 [A&HCI]
- ‘“We Are All Theorists Nowadays”: The “Institutionalisation” of (French) Theory’, in French Thought and Literary Theory in the UK, ed. Irving Goh (London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 15-31
- ‘Chinoiseries: Hallucinating Derrida Hallucinating China’, Oxford Literary Review 40.1 (2018): ‘1967 + 50: The Age of Grammatology’, pp. 95-107 [A&HCI]
- ‘From Mallarmé to the Event: Badiou after Derrida’, in After Derrida: Literature, Theory and Criticism in the 21st Century, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 143-58
- ‘Countertexting One Another: Conceptual Poetics, Flarf and Derridean Countersignature’, CounterText, vol. 1, no. 2: ‘Toward Countertextuality’, ed. Ivan Callus and James Corby (2015), pp. 207-31
- ‘Cixanalyses: Towards a Reading of Anankè’, Paragraph 36.2: ‘Cixous, Derrida, Psychoanalysis’, ed. Mark Dawson, Mairéad Hanrahan and Eric Prenowitz (2013), pp. 286–302 [A&HCI]
- ‘Sponge Inc’, in The Animal Question in Deconstruction, ed. Lynn Turner (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), pp. 70-88
- ‘Saint-Je Derrida’, Oxford Literary Review 29 (2008): ‘Derridanimals’, ed. Neil Badmington, pp. 55-75 [A&HCI]
- ‘Thinking (Through) the Desert (la pensée du désert) With(in) Jacques Derrida’, in The Politics of Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Other of Philosophy, ed. Martin McQuillan (London and Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press, 2007), pp. 173-91
- ‘Portrait of H. C. as J. D. and Back’, New Literary History 37.1 (2006): ‘Hélène Cixous: When the Word is a Stage’, ed. Eric Prenowitz, 51-70 [A&HCI]
- ‘Joyce, Language and Languages’, in Palgrave Advances in James Joyce Studies, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté (London and New York: Palgrave, 2004), pp. 144-61
- ‘Zo(o)graphies: “Évolutions” darwiniennes de quelques fictions animales’, in L'Animal autobiographique. Autour de Jacques Derrida, ed. Marie-Louise Mallet (Paris: Galilée, 1999), pp. 9-46
- ‘ALP in Roumanian (with some notes on Roumanian in Finnegans Wake and in the notebooks)’, in Transcultural Joyce, ed. Karen R. Lawrence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp. 199-207
- ‘Finnegans Wake: The Obliquity of Trans‑lations’, in Joyce in the Hibernian Metropolis: Essays, ed. Morris Beja and David Norris (Columbus: Ohio State University Press), pp. 279-89
- ‘Metaphors of the Quest in Finnegans Wake’, in European Joyce Studies 2: ‘Finnegans Wake: Fifty Years’, ed. Geert Lernout (Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1990), pp. 79‑107
- ‘L'idiome babélien de Finnegans Wake: Recherches thématiques dans une perspective génétique’, in Genèse de Babel: Joyce et la création, ed. Claude Jacquet (Paris: CNRS, 1985), pp. 155‑215
2013- Member of Northern Theory School (http://www.northerntheoryschool.co.uk/)
March 2012- Co-founding member of the ‘Digital Games and Literary Theory’ network; elected representative for Britain in November 2015
2006-1234567Member of European Thematic Network Project ACUME 2: ‘Interfacing Sciences, Literature and the Humanities’ (http://www2.lingue.unibo.it/acume/)
1996-2002 Elected to the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation for a six-year term of office
1991- Member of ESSE (European Society for the Study of English; http://essenglish.org/)
1990-1992 Member of Modern Languages Association
1990-m Member of CICADA (Centre Inter-critique des Arts du Domaine Anglophone), University of Pau; Associate since 2001
1989-1994 .Member of LOLITA Research Group on contemporary American literature and GRAAT Research Group on English/American literature and civilisation, Universities of Orléans and Tours
1988-1992 Member of Association Georges Perec
1984- Member of the International James Joyce Foundation (https://joycefoundation.osu.edu/)
Since 1985 Affiliated member of the ITEM-CNRS research group on James Joyce’s manuscripts, Paris.
Oct. 1983- Non‑stipendiary member of the ITEM-CNRS Research Group on James Joyce's manuscripts, Paris (Équipe Joyce et le modernisme anglophone; http://www.item.ens.fr/index.php?id=13858)