Erik Sherman Roraback

Erik Sherman Roraback

Senior Lecturer in American Literature & Cultural Studies and in the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory/Inter-cultural Studies. Erik Sherman Roraback was born in Seattle, USA, and teaches critical theory (from Spinoza-Leibniz to Benjamin-Adorno to Bataille-Blanchot and after), theoetical psychoanalysis (from Freud to Lacan to Zizek and after) as well as classes on commodity culture/experience and on the philosophical baroque), international cinema (Griffith, Keaton, German Expressionism, Italian neo-realism, American Film Noir, French New Wave, Das Neue Kino, American Neo-Noir, etc.), James, Shakespeare-Orson Welles, Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Pynchon, and U.S. literature in Charles University (est. 1348) and in FAMU (The Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV School) at Prague. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford (D.Phil.: thesis readers Terry Eagleton, Oxford and Maud Ellmann, Cambridge) where he first taught, and from Pomona College (B.A., cum laude in English), and has been Visiting Professor in the Université de Provence (2005). Erik Roraback has also been a visiting scholar multiple times at the University of Winchester in the UK (from 2012-present), at the University of Constance in Germany (from 2004-14), and in the English Department at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA (2015-17). In December 2014 he was awarded five-year University Visiting Research Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester. The term of appointment will run from December 2014 to December 2019. As a visiting D.Phil. student, he also studied for six months in the E.N.S. and attended the 1995 Seminar of Jacques Derrida in the E.H.E.S.S at Paris on a French government grant, and spent one academic year in the University of Western Australia on a Rotary Foundation Graduate Ambassadorial Scholarship. Erik Roraback has given seventy-five conference papers or invited guest lectures in Europe (e.g., Aix-en-Provence, Brno, Budapest, Cardiff, Constance, Cork, Dublin, Freiburg, Helsinki, London, Nicosia, Olomouc, Oxford, Paris, Prague, Szeged, Tours, Trieste, and Vienna), in the Middle East (Tel Aviv, Israel), in Russia (Moscow & St. Petersburg), or in the United States (e.g., Evergreen State College-Olympia, K-State-Manhattan & Newport), has thirty-five articles published or forthcoming in Europe (Czech Republic, France, Germany, UK) and in the U.S. (Continuum Publishing Company, Pynchon Notes,, etc.), and has published a 320 pp. book, The Dialectics of Late Capital and Power: James, Balzac and Critical Theory (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2007). He is currently working on multiple dialectically and dynamically developing book length projects, including one on capitalist modernity and the philosophical baroque, one on movement in international cinema, and another on community and the creative life. Two are forthcoming and will be published in 2017 with presses in The Netherlands and in the UK respectively.

Erik Roraback welcomes thesis proposals in the following areas:
BA, MA, PhD: U.S. fiction, especially Melville, James, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Stein, Faulkner, and Pynchon; Shakespeare; Joyce; critical theory from post-war French Theory to the Frankfurt School (including Walter Benjamin) to Systems Theory (Niklas Luhmann) to philosophic and to psychoanalytic (Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Zizek) angles of view to, and encounters with, cultural-studies and literature; U.S. and international film, particularly American Film Noir, American Neo-Noir, Buster Keaton and Orson Welles.



Office hours Summer semester Exam period in room 219c:

22 May  11-12

1 June   11-12

8 June   11-12

15 June  11-12