publications

Below are brief summaries of some of my recent and forthcoming publications.

 

""Ulysses' Craft": Euripides and Levinas"
Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism vol. 32, no. 2 (2018): 7-25

I develop an ethical interpretation of the ancient Greek satyr play genre through an exploration of Levinasian themes in Euripides' Cyclops. Ulysses' craft is his μῆτις or “cunning intelligence", which I argue functionslike the satyr play itselfas a mediating term between tragedy and comedy, the finite and the infinite, war and peace, and so on.

"With 'the delicacy of a bear': Lévi-Strauss, Derrida, and the logic of anthropology"
Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory vol. 18, no. 1 (2017): 18-40

The Lévi-Strauss/Derrida debate most specifically concerned the opposition between speech and writing, but also had wider implications for the very possibility of social science. I reconstruct the debate in order to consider whether anthropology is best conceived of as science, myth, or art, and to investigate its relationship to philosophy.

"On shipwrecks and sea nymphs: Fragments of Maltese hospitality"
Hospitality & Society vol. 7, no. 1 (2017): 3-18

Tourists, asylum-seekers, expatriates, migrants, investors, and researchers are arriving in Malta in record numbers. I deploy Derrida's concepts of unconditional and conditional hospitality to probe the social, political, cultural, economic, and religious conditions through which these different groups are welcomed onto the Maltese archipelago. 

"In Search of a Schema: Derrida and the Rhythm of Hospitality"
Colloquy: text theory critique vol. 31: 16-33

I propose rhythm as an “intermediate schema" (analogous to the Kantian transcendental schematism) between Derridean ethical unconditionality and conditionality. Through a temporally rhythmic variation of conditions, a perpetually incomplete and revisable unconditionality-effect can emerge.


Images (top to bottom):
Satyr, France, 17th century - Marie-Lan Nguyen (2005)
Proof of the excluded middle law in sequent calculus - Paul Brauner (2006)
Saint Paul in Malta - Anonymous (1689)
Sonata in A, G.4 (III. Affettuoso), Manuscript - Luigi Boccherini
All images are in the Public Domain