Leo Bersani

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Leo Bersani (born 16 April 1931) is an American literary theorist and Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley. He also taught at Wellesley College and Rutgers University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992.[1]


  • Marcel Proust: The Fictions of Life and of Art (Oxford Univ. Press, 1965)
  • Balzac to Beckett (Oxford Univ. Press, 1970)
  • A Future for Astyanax (Little, Brown, 1976)
  • Baudelaire and Freud (Univ. California Press, 1977)
  • The Death of Stéphane Mallarmé (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1982)
  • The Forms of Violence (with Ulysses Dutoit, Schocken Books, N.Y., 1985)
  • The Freudian Body: Psychoanalysis and Art (Columbia University Press, 1986)
  • The Culture of Redemption (Harvard Univ. Press, 1990)
  • Arts of Impoverishment: Beckett, Rothko and Resnais (with Ulysse Dutoit, Harvard Univ. Press, 1993);
  • Homos (Harvard Univ. Press, 1995)
  • Caravaggio's Secrets (with Ulysse Dutoit, MIT Press, 1998)
  • Caravaggio (with Ulysse Dutoit, British Film Institute, 1999)
  • Forming Couples: Godard's Contempt (with Ulysse Dutoit, Legenda/European Humanities Research Centre, 2003)
  • Forms of Being: Cinema, Aesthetics, Subjectivity (with Ulysse Dutoit, British Film Institute, 2004)
  • Intimacies (with Adam Phillips, Univ. Chicago Press, 2008)
  • Is the Rectum a Grave? and Other Essays (Univ. Chicago Press, 2010)
  • Thoughts and Things (Univ. Chicago Press, 2015)


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 

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