Gorelick, Nathan
Associate Professor
Last Updated: 3/11/19 -

Ph.D., Comparative Literature
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Nathan Gorelick studies and teaches British and French literature from the Restoration through Romanticism, Enlightenment philosophy, contemporary literary theory, Freudian psychoanalysis, and contemporary Islamicate thought. His work has appeared in several journals of literary theory and Continental philosophy, including Continental Thought and Theory, CR: The New Centennial Review, Discourse, Theory & Event, and Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious. He is editor of the journal Provocations, the affiliate publication to the Provocations book series at the University of Nebraska Press, and also co-editor of Heidegger and Lacan: The Missed Encounter, a collection of original essays forthcoming from SUNY Press. He is a founding member of the Buffalo Group for the Application of Psychoanalysis, the only non-clinical research circle of the École freudienne du Québec.
He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Unreading the Enlightenment: Literature, Ideology, and the Unconscious, which joins literary criticism with psychoanalysis to reveal how key eighteenth-century texts undermine the same ideological formations to which they helped give rise, with particular attention to the works of Daniel Defoe, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Marquis de Sade and Laurence Sterne. His next book will consider Islam, psychoanalysis, and the revolutionary potential of the unconscious.


ENGL 3890: Contemporary Critical Approaches to Literature
ENGL/PHIL 3820: History of Literary Criticism / Philosophy Through Literature
ENGL 2600: Critical Introduction to Literature

ENGL 3640: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
ENGL 3650: Romantic British Literature
ENGL 2610: British Literature Before 1800
ENGL 474R: Topics in Folklore: The Trouble with Manifest Destiny
ENGL 471R: Eminent Authors: William Blake

HONR 2100: Modern Legacies
HONR 2000: Ancient Legacies
ENGL 2010 / 201H: Intermediate Writing

Selected Publications:

"What is the Novel?: The Fundamental Concepts of a Literary Phenomenon."
Continental Thought and Theory, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (January, 2019), 134-166.

"Becoming Revolution: From Symptom to Act in the 2011 Arab Revolts."
Islamic Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Islam, ed. Ian Parker and Sabah Siddiqui (New York: Routledge, 2019), 88-101.

"The Real (of) Debt: Notes Toward an Ethics of Trash."
Continental Thought and Theory, Vol. 1, Issue 2 (January, 2017), 490-517.

"Translating the Islamicate Symptom."
SCTIW Review (June 9, 2015), 1-13.

“Extimate Revolt: Mesmerism, Haiti, and the Origin of Psychoanalysis.”
CR: The New Centennial Review, vol. 13, no. 3 (Winter, 2013), 115-138.

“Life in Excess: Insurrection and Expenditure in Antonin Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty.”
Discourse, vol. 33, no. 2 (2011), 263-279.

"Of the Critical, Of the Clinical" (with Ryan Hatch, Lydia Kerr and Michael Stanish).
Correspondances, courrier de l'École freudienne du Québec, vol. 11, no. 2 (September, 2010), 13-21.

"Fethi Benslama and the Translation of the Impossible in Islam and Psychoanalysis."
Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious, special issue on "Islam" (2009), 188-192.

"Imagining Extraordinary Renditions: Terror, Torture and the Possibility of an Excessive Ethics in Literature."
Theory & Event, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2008).