Penelope Lisa Deutscher Affiliated Faculty, Professor in Philosophy and Comparative Literature

Penelope Lisa Deutscher specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy and philosophy of gender. She studied in Paris with Sarah Kofman (DEA, University of Paris 1) before completing her PhD at the University of NSW under Genevieve Lloyd. Her main publications include Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy(Routledge 1997); A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray(Cornell University Press, 2002), How to Read Derrida (Granta/Norton 2006), and The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2008). She is co-editor with Kelly Oliver of Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman (Cornell University Press, 1999), and, with Françoise Collin of Repenser le politique: l'apport du féminisme, an anthology of French translations of contemporary Anglo-American women political philosophers (Paris: Campagne première /Les cahiers du grif, 2004.). She also guest edited for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy the special issue 'Contemporary French Women Philosophers' (15:4, 2000). Other areas of special interest include theories of genealogy and biopolitics (Nietzsche, Foucault, Agamben). She has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship (2007-8), a Distinguished Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK (2007); a N.S.W. Residency Expatriate Scientists Award at the University of Sydney (2005); and an Australian Research Council Large Grant (1999-2001). Prof. Deutscher teaches an undergraduate course on "Gender, Politics & Philosophy."

Publications

  • Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy(Routledge 1997)
  • A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray (Cornell University Press, 2002)
  • How to Read Derrida (Granta/Norton 2006)
  • The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Courses Taught

  • "Gender, Politics & Philosophy"
  • "Deconstruction and Feminism" 
  • "Seminar in French Philosophy: After Foucalt: The Politcs of Sexuality and Time"
  • "Seminar in French Philosophy: Biopolitics After Foucalt"
  • "Reading Foucalt"