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Judith Still

Professor of French & Critical Theory, Faculty of Arts

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Research Summary

My research is principally in the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries. All my research is informed by feminist and poststructuralist theory (in particular the work of Jacques Derrida, Helene… read more

Recent Publications

  • 2018. Slavery in Enlightenment America – Crèvecoeur’s Bilingual Approach Journal of Romance Studies. 18, (In Press.)
  • 2017. Hospitalities: Circe Writes Back. In: The Routledge Handbook of Hospitality Studies Routledge. 133-142
  • 2016. ‘Other Loving in Hélène Cixous’s L’Amour du loup’. In: Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts I B Tauris. 63-80
  • 2016. „Welcoming animals“ bei Derrida und Irigaray – unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Hundes in Marie NDiaye’s Roman Ladivine. In: Perspektive europäischer Gastlichkeit Velbrück Wissenschaft. 374-94

Current Research

My research is principally in the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries. All my research is informed by feminist and poststructuralist theory (in particular the work of Jacques Derrida, Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray). My abiding concern has been the question of inequality understood in the broadest sense, and how sexual, class or cultural differences are represented and theorised, including the question of the ways in which inequalities are mitigated or enhanced by social, political and economic systems. I am also interested in textual economies, and the question of reading. After a period working on the question of hospitality between individuals, and between the collectivity and the individual, I am currently researching on theories and representations of the animal-human borderline.

Past Research

My earliest publications (as well as more recent ones) addressed the question of economic, political and sexual inequalities in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau through analysis of the codes of beneficence (derived from Seneca, Cicero and Aristotle) and pudicity (pudeur). I then turned to the theorisation and representation of gift economies more generally (including those in Plato, More, Montaigne and Bataille). Other eighteenth-century authors who have interested me include Denis Diderot, Stephanie de Genlis and Sarah Scott. I have published on intertextuality, and other aspects of critical theory where text is understood in the broadest possible sense, and the focus is on force as much as form. I have also done research into the construction of masculinity in the second half of the twentieth century; this work includes analysis of writing by Andre Gide, Roland Barthes, Margaret Attwood, photography, Hollywood film, and British soap-opera, as well as analysis of socio-economic questions such as the changing world of work.Thanks to a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2004-7), I completed monographs on Derrida and Hospitality (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), and Aspects of Enlightenment Hospitality: Cannibals, Harems and Adoption (The Voltaire Foundation, 2011) - which included chapters on travel to Persia (Chardin) and Turkey (Montagu) as well as the New World.

Future Research

I will be working on philosophical, political and fictional texts relating to the relationship (or divide) between the human and the animal, with particular reference to the figure of the wolf. I should also welcome enquires from colleagues regarding the question of the representations of the indigenous peoples of the Americas in the eighteenth century.

  • 2018. Slavery in Enlightenment America – Crèvecoeur’s Bilingual Approach Journal of Romance Studies. 18, (In Press.)
  • 2017. Hospitalities: Circe Writes Back. In: The Routledge Handbook of Hospitality Studies Routledge. 133-142
  • 2016. ‘Other Loving in Hélène Cixous’s L’Amour du loup’. In: Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts I B Tauris. 63-80
  • 2016. „Welcoming animals“ bei Derrida und Irigaray – unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Hundes in Marie NDiaye’s Roman Ladivine. In: Perspektive europäischer Gastlichkeit Velbrück Wissenschaft. 374-94
  • STILL, JUDITH, 2015. Derrida and Other Animals: The Boundaries of the Human Edinburgh University Press.
  • 2015. Hospitality. In: International Encyclopaedia of Ethics online. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • STILL, J., 2013. Derrida, Rousseau, Cixous and Tsvetaeva: sexual difference and the love of the wolf. In: TURNER, L., ed., The animal question in deconstruction Edinburgh University Press. 124-141
  • ATACK, M.,, HOLMES, D.,, KNIGHT, D., and STILL, J., eds., 2012. Women, Genre and Circumstance: Essays in Memory of Elizabeth Fallaize Legenda.
  • STILL, J., 2012. Renée Vivien’s 'La Dame à la louve' and the freedom to choose. In: ATACK, M., HOLMES, D., KNIGHT, D. and STILL, J., eds., Women, genre and circumstance: essays in memory of Elizabeth Fallaize Legenda. 96-108
  • 2012. ‘Sharing the World: Luce Irigaray and the Hospitality of Difference’ Esprit créateur. 52(3), 40-51
  • 2012. ‘A Fictional Response to the Categorical Imperative: Women Refugees, Servants and Slaves in Charrière’s Trois femmes’. In: (Re-)Writing the Radical: Enlightenment, Revolution and Cultural Transfer in 1790s Britain, France and Germany De Gruyter. 142-56
  • STILL, J., 2011. Enlightenment hospitality: cannibals, harems and adoption Voltaire Foundation.
  • 2011. When Is a Technology not a Technology? When It’s Women’s Work Australian Journal of French Studies. 48(2), 129-143
  • STILL, J., 2010. Hospitality and Sexual Difference: from Homer to Luce Irigaray. In: TZLEPIS, E, AND ATHANASIOU, A., ed., Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and 'the Greeks' New York, SUNY.
  • STILL, J., 2010. Derrida and hospitality: theory and practice Edinburgh University Press.
  • STILL, J., 2009. What Are Good Men and What Do They Do? Answers from Saving Private Ryan. In: DINIZ, T. F. N. AND VILELA, L. H. A., ed., Itinerarios: Homenagem a Solange Ribeiro de Oliveira Belo Horizonte, Faculdade de Letras da UFMG. 129-147
  • STILL, J, 2009. French (In)hospitality: Cixous and le francais au pluriel Contemporary French Civilization. 33(2), 19-41
  • KNIGHT, D. AND STILL, J., ed., 2009. Theory-Tinged Criticism: Essays in Memory of Malcolm Bowie Edinburgh University Press.
  • STILL, J, 2009. Histoire d'une Grecque moderne: Adoption, Sexual Predation and Orientalism Nottingham French Studies: Enlightenment and Narrative: essays in honour of Richard A. Francis. 48(3), 41-50
  • STILL, J., 2007. Figures of oriental hospitality: nomads and sybarites. In: GERMANN MOLZ, J. and GIBSON, S., eds., Mobilizing hospitality: the ethics of social relations in a mobile world Aldershot: Ashgate. 193-208
  • STILL, J., 2007. Continuing Debates about 'French' Feminist Theory French Studies. 61(3), 314-328
  • STILL, J., 2007. French Feminist Criticism and Writing the Body. In: PLAIN, G. AND SELLERS, S., ed., A History of Feminist Literary Criticism Cambridge University Press. 263-281 (In Press.)
  • STILL, J., 2006. France and the Paradigm of Hospitality Third Text. 20(6), 703-710
  • STILL, J, 2006. Enlightenment Hostipitality: the case of Chardin French Studies. 60(3), 364-8
  • STILL, J.M., 2005. Hospitality and sexual difference in Rousseau's <em>Confessions</em>. In: ORR, M. and SHARPE, L., eds., From Goethe to Gide: feminism, aesthetics and the French and German literary canon, 1770-1936 Exeter: University of Exeter Press. 22-33; 208-213
  • STILL, J.M., 2005. Derrida: Guest and Host Paragraph. VOL 28(NUMB 3), 85-101
  • STILL, J.M. and COLLIE, J., 2004. Translation of Luce Irigaray, 'How Can We Speak to Each Other with Socialism as Our Horizon?'. In: IRIGARAY, L., ed., Luce Irigaray: Key Writings London : Continuum. 214-223
  • STILL, J.M., ed., 2003. Men's bodies [Special issue of Paragraph, 26 (1-2)] Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • STILL, J.M., 2003. What is a Man? Looking at the traces of men's sexuality, race and class in the work of some contemporary photographers. In: STILL, J.M., ed., Men's Bodies, a special issue of Paragraph 26:1-2. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 119-133
  • STILL, J.M., 2003. Acceptable Hospitality: From Rousseau's Lévite to the Strangers in our Midst Today Journal of Romance Studies. 3(2), 1-14
  • STILL, J.M., 2003. (Re)presenting Masculinities: Introduction to <em>Men's Bodies</em>. In: STILL, J.M., ed., Men's Bodies (a special issue of Paragraph) 26:1-2. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 1-14
  • STILL, J.M., 2003. Towards a Wisdom of Love. Dialogue between Luce Irigaray and Judith Still around Dialogues and The Way of Love at the ICA, 16 December 2002 Nottingham French Studies. 42(2), 142-151
  • STILL, J.M., 2002. Bluebeards and Bodies: Margaret Atwood's Men. In: ALMEIDA, S., ed., Gender Studies and Feminist Perspectives, Special issue of Ilha do Desterro 42. Florianópolis : Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. 165-180
  • STILL, J.M., 2002. Poetic Nuptials. In: IRIGARAY, L., ed., Dialogues around the work of Luce Irigaray, a special issue of Paragraph 25.3. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 7-21
  • STILL, J.M., 2000. Feminist Literary Theory. In: STEPHENS, S., ed., A History of Women's Writing in France Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 236-250
  • STILL, J.M., 2000. The Re-working of La Nouvelle Heloise in Genlis's Mademoiselle de Clermont French Studies Bulletin. ISSU 77, 7-10
  • STILL, J.M., 2000. Genlis's Mademoiselle de Clermont: A Textual and Intertextual Reading Australian Journal of French Studies. XXXVII.3, 331-347
  • STILL, J.M., 1999. The Gift: Helene Cixous and Jacques Derrida. In: Helene Cixous Critical Impressions
  • RIBEIRO, S. and STILL, J.M., 1999. Brazilian feminisms Nottingham : University of Nottingham.
  • STILL,J.M., 1999. Gendered Economies and Aneconomies: the ambiguous case of Barthes's "Incidents" XI, 43-64
  • STILL, J.M., 1999. P. Adamy, Les Corps de Jean-Jacques Rousseau French Studies. VOL 53(NUMBER 3), 334
  • STILL, J.M., 1999. Maurice Godelier, The Enigma of the Gift Radical Philosophy. ISSUE 97, 50-51
  • STILL, J.M., 1999. Introduction: Identity and Difference. In: Brazilian Feminisms 1-14
  • STILL, J.M., 1998. Kristeva. In: Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture Routledge, London and New York. 297-299
  • STILL, J.M., 1998. Irigaray. In: Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture Routledge, London and New York. 315-317
  • STILL, J., 1997. Homo economicus in the 20th century: ecriture masculine and women's work History of the Human Sciences. VOL 10(NUMBER 3), 105-121
  • STILL, J.M. WITH J.K. FAIRLESS, 1997. V S Naipaul's <em>Enigma of Arrival</em>: an intertextual landscape. In: Intertextuality/Intertextualidad 159-183
  • STILL, JUDITH,, 1997. Feminine economies : thinking against the market in the Enlightenment and the late twentieth century / Judith Still Manchester : Manchester University Press,.
  • STILL, J., 1997. Horror in Kristeva and Bataille: Sex and Violence Paragraph. VOL 20(NUMBER 3), 221-239
  • STILL,J.M., 1997. Homo economicus in the Enlightenment Institute of Romance Studies. Journal. V, 289-299

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