Penelope Deutscher is a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University whose work focuses on French philosophy from the 20th and 21st centuries and gender theory. She has written four books dealing with subjects ranging from gender and feminism to the works of Jacques Derrida, Luce Irigaray, and Simone de Beauvoir. In 2002–2003, Deutscher also served as the Lane Professor for the Humanities at the Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities at Northwestern University.
Education and career
Deutscher received her bachelor's from the University of Sydney in 1986 and went on to receive a Diplôme des études approfondies at the University of Paris in 1991 and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of New South Wales in 1993. Deutscher served as an associate lecturer in philosophy at the University of New South Wales in 1992 before becoming a lecturer and then senior lecturer in philosophy at the Australian National University from 1992 to 2001. Deutscher moved to Northwestern University in 2002, accepting an appointment as the Lane Professor for the Humanities in 2002–2003, and then serving as an associate professor from 2002 to 2008 before being promoted to full professor in 2008. Besides for her permanent appointments, Deutscher also served as the Marie-Jahoda guest professor at Ruhr University Bochum in 2013.
Research areas and publications
Deutscher has authored five books, including Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy (1997), A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray (2002), How to Read Derrida (2006), The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (2008), and Foucault's Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason (2017). Deutscher has also edited or co-edited four books, Repenser le politique: l'apport du féminisme (2004), Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman (1999), (with Olivia Custer and Samir Haddad) Foucault/Derrida Fifty Years Later (2016), and (with Cristina Lafont) Critical Theory in Critical Times (2017). Deutscher has also written a large number of refereed articles, contributed more than 26 book chapters, several encyclopedia articles, and a number of book reviews.
Deutscher's first book, Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy, engaged the works of Judith Butler and Eve Sedgwick with that of Jacques Derrida to create a novel analysis of the instability of the meaning of woman throughout the history of philosophy. Deutscher's second book, A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray, provides a close reading of the work of Luce Irigaray, arguing that Irigaray's work stresses the importance of the value of difference, especially those differences that the hegemon is most interested in actively excluding. Deutscher's third book, How to Read Derrida, provides an introduction to the works of Jacques Derrida, focusing on his approach to deconstructionism. The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance examines Beauvoir's style of building theory upon theory, arguing that building theories upon each other that simultaneously undermine each other does not diminish the significance or results of the study, and focuses in large part on two of Beauvoir's most significant concepts, sexual and generational alterity.
- "Penelope Deutscher -- Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University". Northwestern University. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Deutscher, Penelope. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Northwestern University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Schott, Robin May (1 June 1999). "Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philoso· phy. By PENELOPE DEUTSCHER. London and New York: Routledge, 1997. (Review)". Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 14 (3).
- Ferrell, Robyn (September 2004). "A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray". Australasian Journal of Philosophy. 82 (3): 547–549. doi:10.1080/713659872. S2CID 154515182.
- Deutscher, Penelope (2005). How to read Derrida. London: Granta. ISBN 1862077681.
- Parker, Emily Anne (November 2012). "Beauvoir and Sartre: The Riddle of Influence. Edited by ChristineDaigle and JacobGolomb. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance. By Penelope Deutscher. New York: Cambridge Univers". Hypatia. 27 (4): 936–942. doi:10.1111/j.1527-2001.2012.01309.x.