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Avital Ronell

New York University
Professor of German and Comparative Literature 




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Avital Ronell, Ph.D., was born in Prague. Her parents were Israeli diplomats who returned to Israel before going to New York. Avital Ronell studied at the Hermeneutics Institute in Berlin with Jacob Taubes, ultimately earned her doctorate at Princeton University, and then worked with Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous in Paris. She was professor of comparative literature and theory at the University of California at Berkeley for several years before eventually returning to New York, where she currently is chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature and teaches German and comparative literature and theory – in addition to her yearly Fall semester seminar about Derrida – and where she continues to churn out a breathtaking range of deconstructive rereadings of everything from technology, the Gulf War, and AIDS, to opera, addiction, and stupidity.




Avital Ronell taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1984-1995 and at New York University from 1995 to the present. She served as Chair of the Department of German from Spring 1997 to Spring 2005. She taught an annual seminar in Literature & Philosophy at NYU with Professor Jacques Derrida and has taught with Professor Helene Cixous at Université of Paris VIII. She regularly teaches at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and in Mexico. She was invited by the Humanities Council to offer a seminar at Princeton University in spring 2006. Her books include: The Uber Reader: Selected Works of Avital Ronell (Ed. Diane Davis. Forthcoming 2006); The Test Drive (2005); Stupidity (2001); (Translations in Progress: Paris: Galilée; Berlin: Brinkmann und Bose); Finitude's Score: Essays for the End of the Millennium (1994); Crack Wars: Literature, Addiction, Mania (1992); The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech (2001); Dictations: On Haunted Writing (1986) (paperback with new introduction 1993). 




Select Publications


Loser Sons (2012)
Fighting Theory
The ÜberReader
The Test Drive
The Test Drive, French translation by Galilee Press, France.
The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech
Crack Wars: Literature, Addiction, Mania
Dictations: On Haunted Writing
Finitude's Score: Essays for the End of the Millenium





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