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Gabriela Basterra is a professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish at New York University. She is primarily known for her work on poetic and ethical subjectivity, tragedy, rhetoric and psychoanalysis.
Life and Work
Basterra received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 1997, and has taught at NYU ever since. She has also been a visiting professor at Princeton University. Between 2004-10 Professor Basterra held the position of Directeur de Programme at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris.
Basterra has contributed to major conferences and events on Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricoeur, Ernesto Laclau, political subjectivity and rhetoric, and her lectures have been broadcast on Radio France Culture Her program "Autonomie Tragique: Interaction entre le politique et l'éthique", at the Collège International de Philosophieincluded her seminars "La mort tragique comme évasion" (2005), "Éthiques du brisement" (2006), “Brisement éthique, désir du politique” (2007), “Se faire signe” (2008), “Poétique du laps” (2009) and “Être inspiré” (2010).
Books and Publications
Her book Seductions of Fate: Tragic Subjectivity, Ethics, Politics has been translated into French as Séductions du destin. She has co-edited Quel sujet du politique? (2010), a monographic issue of the Collège International de Philosophie journal Rue Descartes, and is working on two book projects – The Incessant Subject. Kant, Levinas, Lacan; Ethical and Poetic Address – and on a collection of her French essays, Hétéronomies
Her recent articles include "I Love to Hate my Life or the Allure of Guilt" (2004), "El respeto como evasión" (2005), "Résister aux sirènes de l'impuissance" (2006), “Ethics, Perhaps” (2007), "Activité au-delà de toute activité" (2007), “Choreography of Fate: Lorca’s Reconfigurations of the Tragic” (2008), “Does Creativity Deny Itself?” (2009), “Auto-Heteronomy or Levinas’s Philosophy of the Same” (2010) and “Subjectivité inouïe” (2010).