Joseph Kronick

Chair, Dept of English

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Humanities & Social Sciences



American literature, literary theory and aesthetics, philosophy and literature, modernism



Joseph Kronick received his PhD from UCLA in 1981, the same year he came to LSU as an instructor. He is presently chair of the Department of English and director of the Jewish Studies Program. He is the author of American Poetics of History: From Emerson to the Moderns and Derrida and the Future of Literature and the co-editor of America’s Modernisms: Revaluing the Canon. His recent research focuses on Derrida, Levinas, and the ethics of literature, and on philosophy and biography. He is at work on two book projects, the ancient quarrel and modernism, and on philosophers and autobiography.


“Biography as De-Facement: A Response to Eveyln Barish on Paul de Man.” South Atlantic Review, 82.1 (Spring 2017): 105-22.

“Levinas and the Plot Against Literature.” Philosophy and Literature, 40.1 (April 2016): 265-71.

“The Betrayal of Love: The Golden Bowl and Levinasian Ethics.” The Henry James Review, 37:1 (Winter 2016): 1-19.

“The Passages of Jacques Derrida: Between Philosophy and Biography.” [Review Essay] South Atlantic Review, 81:2 (Summer 2016): 210-31.

“T. S. Eliot, Alexander Pope, and the Fate of Poetry.” In Robert Walker and Gerard Taylor, eds., Swiftly Sternward: Essays on Laurence Sterne and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2010, pp. 3-28.

“The Ancient Quarrel Revisited: Literary Theory and the Return to Ethics,” Philosophy and Literature, 30:2 (2006): 436-49.