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James Martell

  Dr. James Martell 
  Assistant Professor of Romance Languages

Office 209 in the Alphin Humanities Building 
  870.307.7217 | james.martell@lyon.edu


Licenciatura (B.A.) Universidad Iberoamericana

M.A. University of Kansas

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame


He is the co-editor—together with Arka Chattopadhyay—of Samuel Beckett and the Encounter of Philosophy and Literature (Roman Books, 2013), and of "Beckett Beyond Words/Beckett au-delà des mots" a special issue of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui (Volume 30, Issue 2), 2018, co-edited with Fernanda Negrete (SUNY Buffalo). He has published articles on Derrida, Deleuze, Beckett, and the cinema of Béla Tarr. 

His book: Modernism, Self-Creation, and the Maternal: The Mother's Son (Routledge, 2019) is out now. 

Here is a discussion of the book in the context of Sanglap's series, Conversations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6ZfQuPvpOs

Advanced courses taught in French:

FRN 382: La littérature française de la deuxième moitié du 20e siècle (1950-2000)
FRN 345: 19th French Studies 

Advanced courses taught in English:

ENG 361: Creative Writing Workshop in Fiction

In Spring 2018 he taught a crosslisted seminar with ART, RPH, and ENG titled:

FRN 382:  Plastic and Visual Reflections: Literature, Philosophy and Art in France in the 20th century 

Most recent publications: 

"Derrida's Beckettian Spectre." OXÍMORA REVISTA INTERNACIONAL DE ÉTICA Y POLÍTICA. NÚM. 17. JUL-DIC 2020. ISSN 2014-7708. PP. 99-118 doi: 10.1344/oxi.2020.i17.

"“Who inscribes Whom?”: Blood, Ink, and Deconstruction." Estudios del Discurso, 2019

"Entre Watt et Derrida: les cercles du discours" in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui (Volume 30, Issue 2), 2018

"Idiomatic Images: Derrida and the Forgotten Japanese Film Irezumi" Oxford Literary Review, (Volume 39, Issue 2), 2017

“Béla Tarr and the Affective Stance Before the World.” Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry. Vol 2. No. 3 (2016) http://sanglap-journal.in/

“The Animal Mirrors: the Human/Animal Divide in Derrida and Deleuze.” Mosaic, a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 48.3. (2015)

“Derrida on Beckett, or the painful Freudian mark.” Mosaic, a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 44.4. (2011): 95-108.