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La poétique de la durée s’efforce d’apaiser l’hier fiévreux, de tramer ce lointain devenir.

— Glissant

Suzanne Guerlac


  • Office Location: 4220 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-5 and by appointment

Suzanne Guerlac’s CV

Prof. Guerlac’s principal areas of research include 19th and 20th century literature and thought. Her interests include the examination of cultural ideologies and articulations between literature and philosophy, and literature and the visual arts. Her current project,  Proust and Photography, examines time, vision and the production of experience in A La Recherche du Temps Perdu.

Publications include:

Thinking in Time: An Introduction to Henri Bergson (Cornell University Press, 2006)

Literary Polemics, Bataille, Sartre, Valéry, Breton. (Stanford University Press, 1997, reprinted in paper, 1999)
Co-winner, Scaglione Prize, 1998

The Impersonal Sublime – Hugo, Baudelaire, Lautréamont and the Esthetics of the Sublime (Stanford University Press, 1990)

Derrida and the Time of the Political, co-edited with Pheng Cheah (Duke University Press, 2009)

Recent articles include:

“Swann’s Gift – Odette’s face (Photography, Money and the Social World in À la recherche du temps perdu)”, forthcoming  in  Proust and the Arts,  Cambridge U Press, 2015.

“The time of Emergence/ The Emergence of Time. Life in the Age of Mechanical (re) Production, ” forthcoming in The Emergence of Novelty in Organizations, ed. Raghu Garud, Barbara Simpson, Ann Langley and Hardimos Tsoukas, in Perspectives in Process Organization Studies series, Oxford UP, 2105.

“Valéry, ‘entre le vrai et le vivant'”, forthcoming in Journées Paul Valéry, 2014, published by the Musée Paul Valery, Fata Morgana.

“Bergson, the Void and the Politics of Life” in Bergson’s Political and Social Thought, edited by Alex Lefebvre and Melanie White (Duke UP, 2012)

“Victor Hugo: ‘Fonctionnaire de la civilisation'”, La Revue des Sciences Humaines, no. 302, avril-juin 2011.

“Visual Dust: on time, memory and photography in Proust”, French and Francophone Studies: Sites 13.4/13.5 Limits/ limites.

“The Fragility of the Pardon (Derrida and Ricoeur)”,  in Derrida and the Time of the Political, edited by Cheah and Guerlac, Duke University Press, 2009.
“Valéry – Modernist Myths and (Anti) Modernist States of Mind”  The Romanic Review 99, pp. 401-412.

“The Useless Image – Bataille, Magritte, Bergson,” Representations 97, winter 2007, pp. 28-56

“Sartre, – ‘au bord de l’image’ in Situating/Situations de Sartre 2005, (New York University, 2007)

“Le Passé au Lavis, Choses Vues et Apparences Informes dans Le Rhin” in Hugo et l’Histoire, edited by Léon-François Hoffman and Suzanne Nash,(Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2005)