Areas of Research/Interest
Comparative literature and literary theory; Shakespeare; the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Europe.
Jacques Lezra is Professor of Spanish, English, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His most recent book is Wild Materialism: The Ethic of Terror and the Modern Republic (Fordham, 2010; Spanish translation, Siglo XXI/Biblioteca Nueva, Spring 2012; Chinese translation March 2013 from Peking University Press). A book on Cervantes, Contra los fueros de la muerte: El suceso cervantino, collecting articles and unpublished essays, as well as the Cervantes chapters from his first book, Unspeakable Subjects: The Genealogy of the Event in Early Modern Europe, is forthcoming in Spanish from Polifemo. A book entitled On the Nature of Marx’s Things is in preparation. Lezra has published articles on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, contemporary and early modern translation theories and practices, Freud, Althusser, Woolf, and other topics. He is the co-translator into Spanish of Paul de Man’s Blindness and Insight. With Emily Apter and Michael Wood, he is the co-editor of the translation into English of the Vocabulaire européen des philosophies (Seuil 2004; ed. Cassin; English translation forthcoming 2014 from Princeton University Press). With Paul North, he edits the Northwestern University Press book series IDIOM.