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Department of French and Italian
Scott Durham Faculty

(847) 491-4660
Crowe 2-141
1860 S Campus Drive
spd594@northwestern.edu

Scott Durham

Scott Durham (Ph.D. Yale, 1992) is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature and former Chair of the Department of French and Italian. His main interests are in 20th- and 21st-century literature, film, and theory, with particular emphasis on Foucault and Deleuze, as well as the Marxist critical tradition. He is the author of Phantom Communities: The Simulacrum and the Limits of Postmodernism (Stanford University Press) and the editor of a Yale French Studies issue on Jean Genet. He is currently writing two books with the working titles Eurydice’s Gaze: Historicity, Memory and Untimeliness in Postmodern Film and The Archive and the Monad: Deleuze and the Resistance to Postmodernism. Among his most recent publications are an essay on the films of Michael Haneke (“Codes Unknown: Haneke’s Serial Realism,” forthcoming in the collection of essays On Michael Haneke) and an article on Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Bamako ("The Center of the World is Everywhere": Bamako and the Scene of the Political,” in World Picture 2, Fall 2008). Professor Durham's other publications include articles in such journals as October, Paragraph, Sites, Yale French Studies, L'Esprit Créateur, and Science-Fiction Studies. In addition to critical writing on literature and film, he has also done collaborative work with filmmaker Jeffrey Skoller on his film, The Promise of Happiness. Professor Durham has received the ASG Faculty Honor Roll Award, as well as serving as Jean Gimbel Lane Professor at the Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities.

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