Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian Literature
Core: Human Being and Citizen
Audrey Wasser earned her doctorate in Comparative Literature at Cornell University in 2010. Her research focuses on French and English modernism, literary theory, and continental philosophy. Provisionally titled “The Work of Difference: Form and Formation in Twentieth-Century Literature and Theory,” her book project traces the origin of modern and contemporary conceptions of literary form back to German Romanticism in order to examine some of their metaphysical assumptions. Drawing on the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Benedict de Spinoza, this book argues for a notion of form that departs from the unity of self-reflection as well as from the closure implied in literature’s supposed autonomy from other creative processes. Audrey’s writings and translations have appeared in Angelaki, diacritics, SubStance, and Modern Philology.