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Philip Wood
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of French Studies
 
e-mail:prw@rice.edu
 
  • BA (1973) University of Cape Town
  • BA Hons. (1974) University of Cape Town
  • MA (1980) York University (UK)
  • PhD (1988) Yale University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Classical and European Studies
   Department of French Studies
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Classical and European Studies
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    Research Areas
     French Literature & Philosophy
     
    Life, Beyond the Subject: Consciousness, Constructionism, Essence, Freedom.
     This is a 4 book, 6 volume, project, and can be broadly described as an attempt to reintegrate the notions of freedom, love, truth, beauty, the good and the sacred within the theoretical aftermath of French poststructuralism and cultural constructionism. The above title is really that of the third volume, but it will serve to characterize the project as a whole.

    An early version of the project (in 2 volumes) was originally accepted by Stanford University Press, having been appraised by Mark Poster and Victor Brombert.

    Needless to say, I do not anticipate dumping all 6 volumes simultaneously on the desk of a single publisher. Each volume is designed to be self-standing. All 6 volumes are in an advanced state of completion. I have held back on completing and publishing any one of them, while I refine the first volume of the third book -- which is the theoretical linchpin of the whole, and requires that I establish to my own satisfaction exactly what my own position is on a number of very thorny issues (see below, "Works in Progress"). This is a matter of some practical weight, given the pretensions and relative eccentricity of the project as a whole. This difficult first volume of the third book is currently some 900pp. long. I am almost at the point, however, where, having established the essentials of my position, I anticipate being able to set the third book to one side in order to bring out the first 2 books without too much further ado.

    Including pages from my (unpublished) PhD, these manuscripts currently total in excess of 3250 pp.. They have been examined by 4 different chairs of my dept, as they have progressed from year to year.
     
    Selected Publications
     Articles
     Life After the Subject: the Example of Aesthetic Ecstasy, in Manifold, vol. 3, Winter 2008, 63-76.
     
     Religion and Literature, vol 37.1, Spring, 2005, pp.93-117
     
     Books
     

    Jean-Joseph Goux & Philip R. Wood (eds.) "Terror & Consensus." : 221.

     
     Other
     

    Jean-Joseph Goux and Philip Wood "Introduction." Terror and Consensus: the Vicissitudes of French Thought (Stanford University Press) (1998) : 1-10.

     
     

    Philip Wood "'Democracy' and 'Totalitarianism' in Contemporary French Thought: the Heidegger Scandal and Ethics in Poststructuralism." Terror and Consensus: the Vicissitudes of French Thought (1998) : 75-103.

     
     

    Wood, P. "Translation: Jean-Francois Lyotard, "Terror on the Run,"." Terror & Consensus: the Vicissitudes of French Thought (1998)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    ""Beyond the Simulacrum of Religion versus Secularism and Cultural Constructionism"." Jeffrey Kripal and Wouter Hanegraff, Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA. (8-12 March 2004) With None

     
     Other
     

    "Concluding Remarks." Gift and Sacrifice, Rice University. (May, 1999)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Ioana Toader, Ph.D. Secularisation et Experience Religieuse: L'ambiguite de la Modernite. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Ciprian Socaciu, PhD Force of Law, Law of Force. (2008) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ioanna Toader, PhD "Secularization and the Persistance of Religiosity in Modernity". (2008) (Thesis Director)

     Timothy Dylan Wood, Ph.D Tracing the Last Breath: Movements in Anlong Veng. (2008) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Neli Koleva, Ph.D "The 'Immoral' Writers' Celebration of Life". (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Jacques Sagot, PhD Music as a Matrix of Meaning in French Symbolist Poetry. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Emilie Dejonckheere, PhD Le retour du 'reel': Discours intellectuel francais et le roman en francais, de 1984 a nos jours. (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Irina Armianu, PhD L'influence de la litterature sur le cinema: le cas de Jean Cocteau. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Molly Slattery, PhD The Auto-Poetics of American Romantic Modernity. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ciprian Socaciu, PhD Force of Law, Law of Force. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ioanna Toader, PhD "Secularization and the Persistance of Religiosity in Modernity". (Thesis Director)

     Jacques Sagot, PhD Music as a Matrix of Meaning in French Symbolist Poetry. (Thesis Director)

     Natalie Leduc, Ph.D Divagation, interdit de divagation et divagation du texte. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Timothy Dylan Wood, Ph.D Tracing the Last Breath: Movements in Anlong Veng. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ciprian Socaciu, PhD Force of Law, Law of Force. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ciprian Socaciu, PhD Force of Law, Law of Force. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ioanna Toader, PhD "Secularization and the Persistance of Religiosity in Modernity". (Thesis Director)

     Natalie Leduc, Ph.D Divagation, interdit de divagation et divagation du texte. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Timothy Dylan Wood, Ph.D Tracing the Last Breath: Movements in Anlong Veng. (Thesis Committee Member)