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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Irving Goh

Dr Irving Goh
Newton Fellow
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 763 057

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Irving Goh received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, after which he served as Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, and as Mellon Postdoc Fellow at the Center for the Humanities and the French Department at Tufts University. In 2015, he received the Newton Fellowship awarded by the Royal Society and the British Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences. He is the author of The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject (Fordham UP, 2014) and co-editor with Verena Andermatt Conley of Nancy Now (Polity, 2014). His articles on contemporary French thought and French literature have also been published by journals including diacritics, MLN, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, SubStance, Theory & Event, Cultural Critique, and Theory Culture & Society. As a Newton Fellow, he is working on his book manuscript on Prepositional Existence in French and German thought.

Teaching interests: 
  • Contemporary French Thought
  • French Literature (especially Flaubert, Proust, and the philosophical fictions of Sartre, Blanchot, and Cixous)
  • Topics in Contemporary Theory (e.g. the event, sovereignty, the animal question, etc.) 
Research interests: 
  • Continental Philosophy (especially contemporary French thought)
  • Flaubert
  • Proust
  • Luso-Brazilian Literature (Lispector, Pessoa, Saramago)
  • Novel Theory
Recent research projects: 
  • Prepositional Existence, or Perhaps Only a Preposition Can Save Us
  • Touching Literature, or The Experience of the Limit
  • Literary Rejects
Published works: 

Selected Publications

  • The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject (Fordham UP, 2014)
  • Nancy Now, ed. with Verena Andermatt Conley (Polity, 2014)
  • “Phlebotomo-graphy, or Phlebotomy and Writing in Flaubert.” In MLN (French Issue) 129 (4): 936-954, 2014 (Published in 2015)
  • “Becoming-Animal: Transversal Politics.” In diacritics 39 (2): 37-57, 2009 (Published in 2012)