Comparative Literature Department
::  Rodolphe Gasché
Dr. Rodolphe Gasche

:: Distinguished Professor

  & Eugenio Donato Chair of Comparative Literature
:: Office: 639 Clemens Hall
:: Office Hours:  By appointment
:: Phone: 645-0855
:: E-mail:

Rodolphe Gasché studied philosophy and comparative literature in Munich, Berlin, and Paris. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Besides translating major works by Derrida and Lacan into German and publishing numerous articles in a variety of scholarly journals, he has published several books: Die hybride Wissenschaft (Stuttgart: Metzler, 1973), System und Metaphorik in der Philosophie von Georges Bataille (Bern: Lang, 1978), The Tain of the Mirror: Derrida and the Philosophy of Reflection (Cambridge: Harvard, 1986), Inventions of Difference: On Jacques Derrida (Cambridge: Harvard, 1994), The Wild Card of Reading: On Paul de Man (Harvard, 1998), Of Minimal Things: Studies on the Notion of Relation (Stanford, 1999), The Idea of Form: Rethinking Kant’s Aesthetics (Stanford, 2003), Views and Interviews: On Deconstruction in America (The Davies Group, Publishers, 2006), The Honor of Thinking: Critique, Theory, Philosophy (Stanford, 2007), Europe, or The Infinite Task: A Study of a Philosophical Concept (Stanford, 2009),  Un Arte Muy Fragil: Sobre la Retorica de Aristoteles (Metales Pesados, 2010), The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature’s Self-Formation (Fordham, 2011), Imada Nai Sekai Wo Motomete: Heidegger, Derrida, Löwith (Getsuyosha Limited, 2012), Georges Bataille: Phenomenology and Phantasmatology (Stanford, 2012), Geophilosophy: On Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's What is Philosophy? (Northwestern University Press, 2014). His interests concern nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature, critical theory, and its relation to continental philosophy since early romanticism. Before coming to Buffalo, he taught at the Freie Universität, Berlin and the Johns Hopkins University.

The Tain of the Mirror  The Wild Card of Reading  The Idea of Form  Inventions of Difference  Of Minimal Things  Georges Bataille: Phenomenology and Phantasmatology    The Honor of Thinking Europe, or the Infinite Task   The Stelliferous Fold    

Un arte muy fragil    Views and Interviews     Die bybride Wissenschaft     Imada Nai Sekai Wo Motomete: Heidegger, Derrida, Lowith   






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