Peter Brooks (writer)

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Peter Brooks (born 1938) is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University and Andrew W. Mellon Scholar in the department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He has been Professor in the Department of English and School of Law at the University of Virginia. Among his many accomplishments is the founding of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. Brooks is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work cuts across French and English literature, law, and psychoanalysis. He was influenced by fellow Yale scholar, Paul de Man, to whom his book Reading for the Plot is dedicated.[1]


Brooks obtained his B.A. (1959) and Ph.D. (1965) from Harvard University. He also studied at University College, London as a Marshall Scholar, and at the University of Paris.



  • The Novel of Worldliness: Crébillon, Marivaux, Laclos, Stendhal (1969)
  • The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess (1976) ISBN 0-300-06553-1
  • Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative (1984) ISBN 0-674-74892-1
  • Body Work: Objects of Desire in Modern Narrative (1993) ISBN 0-674-07725-3
  • Psychoanalysis and Storytelling (1994) ISBN 0-631-19008-2
  • Law's Stories: Narrative and Rhetoric in the Law (co-editor with Paul Gewirtz, 1996) ISBN 0-300-07490-5
  • Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature (2000) ISBN 0-226-07585-0
  • Whose Freud? The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture (co-editor with Alex Woloch) (2000) ISBN 0-300-08116-2
  • Realist Vision (2005) ISBN 0-300-10680-7
  • Henry James Goes to Paris (2007) ISBN 0-691-12954-1
  • Enigmas of Identity (2011) ISBN 978-0-691-15158-8
  • Anthologie du mélodrame classique (with Myriam Faten Sfar, 2011) ISBN 978-2-8124-0328-6
  • Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The Story of a Friendship, a Novel, and a Terrible Year (2017) Template:ISBN 0465096026[2]


  • Brooks, Peter (1973), "Man and His Fictions: One Approach to the Teaching of Literature", College English, College English, Vol. 35, No. 1, 35 (1): 40–49, doi:10.2307/375195, JSTOR 375195
  • Brooks, Peter (1976), "Structuralist Poetics. Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature by Jonathan Culler", Diacritics, 6 (1): 23–26, ISSN 0300-7162, JSTOR 465029
  • Brooks, Peter (1978), "Godlike Science/Unhallowed Arts: Language and Monstrosity in Frankenstein", New Literary History, New Literary History, Vol. 9, No. 3, 9 (3): 591–605, doi:10.2307/468457, JSTOR 468457
  • Brooks, Peter (1979), "Fictions of the Wolfman: Freud and Narrative Understanding", Diacritics, Diacritics, Vol. 9, No. 1, 9 (1): 71–81, doi:10.2307/464701, JSTOR 464701
  • Brooks, Peter (1980), "Repetition, Repression, and Return: Great Expectations and the Study of Plot", New Literary History, New Literary History, Vol. 11, No. 3, 11 (3): 503–526, doi:10.2307/468941, JSTOR 468941
  • Brooks, Peter (1982), "The Novel and the Guillotine; Or, Fathers and Sons in Le Rouge et le noir", PMLA, PMLA, Vol. 97, No. 3, 97 (3): 348–362, doi:10.2307/462227, JSTOR 462227
  • Brooks, Peter (1982), "Incredulous Narration: Absalom, Absalom!", Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature, Vol. 34, No. 3, 34 (3): 247–268, doi:10.2307/1770556, JSTOR 1770556
  • Brooks, Peter (1994), "Aesthetics and Ideology: What Happened to Poetics?", Critical Inquiry, 20 (3): 509–523, doi:10.1086/448723, JSTOR 1343867


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