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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). His current book-length project focuses on modernism and matricide. He has published articles on Derrida, Deleuze, Beckett, and the cinema of Béla Tarr. His latest article on Derrida and tattooing will appear in The Oxford Literary Review in December 2017. 

At Lyon he teaches all levels of French literature and language courses, the first two semesters of Spanish language, as well as courses in English like World Literature or the Workshop on Creative Writing: Fiction.

Advanced courses taught in French:

FRN 382: La littérature française de la deuxième moitié du 20e siècle (1950-2000)

Advanced courses taught in English:

ENG 361: Creative Writing Workshop in Fiction

In Spring 2018 he taught a crosslisted seminar with ART titled:

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

Most recent publications: 

“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.