Bruno Bosteels

Bruno Bosteels

Professor of Romance Studies

bb228@cornell.edubb228 Office: KLR K261 Phone: email only

Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies. PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania (1995; MA 1992), AB in Romance Philology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1989). Before coming to Cornell, he held positions as an assistant professor at Harvard University and at Columbia University. He is the author of Alain Badiou, une trajectoire polémique (La Fabrique, 2009); Badiou and Politics (Duke University Press, 2011); and The Actuality of Communism (Verso, 2011). He is currently preparing two new books, Marx and Freud in Latin America and After Borges: Literature and Antiphilosophy. He has translated Alain Badiou’s Theory of the Subject (Continuum, 2009). Further translations include Badiou’s Can Politics Be Thought? followed by Of an Obscure Disaster: On the End of the Truth of State and What Is Antiphilosophy? Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Lacan (both for Duke University Press) as well as Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy (for Verso). He is the author of dozens of articles on modern Latin American literature and culture, and on contemporary European philosophy and political theory. His research interests further include the crossovers between art, literature, theory and cartography; the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s; decadence, dandyism and anarchy at the turn between the 19th and 20th centuries; cultural studies and critical theory; and the reception of Marx and Freud in Latin America. He has also served as the general editor of Diacritics.

Recent Courses

  • After Borges: Literature, Politics, and the Aesthetic Act
  • Cultural Politics of 1968 in Paris and Mexico City
  • Readings in Latin American Literatures
  • Critical Theories: Marx and Freud in Latin America

Research Interests

  • The Cartographic Turn: Mapping Art, Literature and Critical Theory Since 1950
  • The Radical Left in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Decadence, Dandyism and Anarchy at the Turn of the Century (1880-1910)
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Philosophy: Thinking the Event
  • Theories of the Subject
  • The Thought of Alain Badiou
  • Marx and Freud in Latin America
  • Legacies of Jorge Luis Borges

Selected Publications

  • Badiou o el recomienzo del materialismo dialéctico (Santiago de Chile: Palinodia, 2007).
  • Alain Badiou, une trajectoire polémique (Paris: La Fabrique, 2009).
  • The Actuality of Communism (London-New York: Verso, 2011).
  • Badiou and Politics (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011).
  • La Révolution de la honte: Autour de la correspondance de Karl Marx et Arnold Ruge (Paris: La Fabrique, 2011).
  • Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Religion, and Psychoanalysis in the Age of Terror (London-New York: Verso, 2011).
  • After Borges: Literature and Antiphilosophy (in preparation).
  • Du Complot au potlatch (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2011).
  • Los nuevos sujetos de la política. Special issue of Metapolítica 8.36 (July-August 2004). Essays and contributions by Alain Badiou, Jean Franco, Jacques Rancière, Slavoj Žižek, Josefina Ludmer, John Kraniauskas, Alain Touraine, and Raúl J. Cerdeiras. Electronic version includes additional contributions by Alberto Moreiras, Gareth Williams, John Beverley, and Peter Hallward.
  • What Is Antiphilosophy? Writings on Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Lacan, by Alain Badiou. Edited, translated, and with an Introduction by Bruno Bosteels. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009
  • Marx y los marxismos en América Latina. Ed. Bruno Bosteels. Santiago de Chile: ARCIS/diacritics, in preparation
  • Marx and Marxisms in Latin America. Special issue of diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism (2009)
Translations of Books
  • Theory of the Subject (Théorie du sujet), by Alain Badiou. London: Continuum, 2009.
  • Rhapsody for the Theatre: A Short Philosophical Treatise (Rhapsodie pour le théâtre. Court traité philosophique), by Alain Badiou. Theatre Survey: The Journal of the American Society for Theatre Research 49.2 (2008): 187-238.
  • Can Politics Be Thought? (Peut-on penser la politique?) followed by Of An Obscure Disaster: On The End of the Truth of the State (D’un désastre obscur: Sur la fin de la vérité d’Etat), by Alain Badiou. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
  • What Is Antiphilosophy? Writings on Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Lacan, by Alain Badiou. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
  • With Thomas Harrison, The Secularization of Philosophy (Etica dell’interpretazione), by Gianni Vattimo. Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Books, under contract.
  • “Badiou and Hegel.” Badiou: Key Concepts. Ed. Justin Clemens and A. J. Barlett. London: Acumen, 2010.
  • “Archi-politics, Meta-politics, Para-politics.” Rancière: Key Concepts. Ed. Jean-Philippe Deranty. London: Acumen, 2009.
  • “Hegel in America.” Religion, Politics, and the Dialectic: Hegel and the Opening of the Infinite. Ed. Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, and Slavoj Zizek. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.
  • “L’acte de Zizek.” Revue Internationale de Philosophie (in preparation).
  • “From Potentiality to Inexistence: Politics as the Art of the Impossible.” Potentialities. Ed. Jan Voelker. Zürich and Berlin: Diaphanes, forthcoming.
  • “Untiming Decadence across the Atlantic.” MLQ (in preparation for 2009).
  • “Metapolitics” and “Event.” Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Ed Mark Bevir. New York: Routledge, under contract.
  • “Radical Antiphilosophy.” Radical Philosophy? Ed. Peter Klepec. Special isue of Filozofski Vestnik (2008).