Leland de la Durantaye, Ph.D.

Professor of Literature



Areas of Expertise

Continental Philosophy
English and American Literature
French Literature
German Literature
Italian Literature
Literary Modernism
Modern Literature


B.A. Michigan State University, School of Arts and Sciences; M.A. Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences; Ph.D. Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences

Awards and Affiliations

Finalist for PEN Best Translated Book of 2011 for "Upstaged" by Jacques Jouet. 2012

Finalist for "Three Percent" Best Translated Book of 2011 for "Upstaged" by Jacques Jouet. 2012

Berlin Prize. Holtzbrinck Fellow. The American Academy in Berlin. 2011-2012

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University. 2008-2009

Research and Publications

Beckett's Art of Mismaking (Harvard University Press, 2016).

“To Be and To Do. On Giorgio Agamben’s L’uso dei corpi. Homo sacer, IV, 2” The Boston Review. January-February 2016.

“Taking Refuge in the Loo.” [Review essay on recent works by Peter Handke] The London Review of Books. Volume 36, Number 10, May 22. 33-34.

“Sedan Chairs and Turtles.” [Review essay on Walter Benjamin’s Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Age of Advanced Capitalism”] The London Review of Books. Volume 35, Number 22. November 21, 2013.

“Do the Right Thing: Calvino’s Letters.” [Review of Italo Calvino’s Letters: 1940-1985.] The Boston Review. September/October 2013. Vol. 38, no. 5. 53-59

“Lost in Thought” [Review of Peter Osborne’s Anywhere or Not At All: The Philosophy of Contemporary Art.] Artforum October 2013. 83-84

“Rough Old World: Tom Drury’s Pacific.” The Los Angeles Review of Books. September 2013.

Monday: 2:30-4:30pm