Shoshana Felman ranks as one of the most influential literary critics of the past five decades. Her work has inspired and shaped such divergent fields as psychoanalytic criticism, deconstruction, speech-act theory and performance studies, feminist and gender studies, trauma studies, and critical legal studies. Shoshana Felman has not only influenced these fields: her work has opened channels of communication between them. In all of her work Felman charts a way for literary critics to address the ways in which texts have real effects in the world and how our quest for meaning is transformed in the encounter with the texts that hold such a promise.The present collection gathers the most exemplary and influential essays from Felman's oeuvre, including articles previously untranslated into English. The Claims of Literature also includes responses to Felman's work by leading contemporary theorists, including Stanley Cavell, Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva, Cathy Caruth, Juliet Mitchell, Winfried Menninghaus, and Austin Sarat. It concludes with a section on Felman as a teacher, giving transcripts of two of her classes, one at Yale in September 2001, the other at Emory in December 2004.
Emily Sun is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross and taught previously in the English Department at Colgate University. She is editor, with Ulrich Baer and Eyal Peretz, of The Claims of Literature: A Shoshana Felman Reader (Fordham, 2007).
EYAL PERETZ is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University.He is the author of Literature, Disaster, and the Enigma of Power: A Reading of 'Moby-Dick.'.
ULRICH BAER is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma, 110 Stories: New York Writes after 9/11, and Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan, and the translator and editor of Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life.