Rebecca Comay

Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature
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BA Philosophy and Ancient Languages (University of Toronto); MA Egyptology and Assyriology (Yale University); PhD Philosophy (University of Toronto)


For more information on my current research (including links to many documents) see Prof. Comay’s page.

Research Interests:  
Hegel and 19th century German philosophy; Marx and Marxism; Benjamin and Adorno; political theology; psychoanalysis; contemporary French philosophy; trauma and memory; iconoclasm and destruction of art; contemporary art and art criticism; Proust.


— Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution (Stanford 2011)

— Lost in the Archives (editor) (2002)

— Endings: Questions of Memory in Hegel and Heidegger (coeditor with John McCumber)  (1999)


Selected articles

— “Hegel’s Last Words: Mourning and Melancholia at the end of the Phenomenology,” in J. Nichols and A. Swiffen, eds., The Ends of History ( 2012)

— “Proust’s Remains,” in October 144 (2013)

— “Transmission, Translation, Trauma,” in Idealistic Studies (2008)

— “Impressions: Proust, Photography, Trauma,” in Discourse (2009)

— “Adorno avec Sade,” in differences, special issue on critical theory and gender, ed Wendy Brown (2006)

— “The sickness of tradition: Benjamin between melancholia and fetishism” in Walter Benjamin StudiesBenjamin’s Philosophy of History (2006)

— “Materialist Mutations of the Bilderverbot,” in  Walter Benjamin Studies: Benjamin and Art  (2005)

— “Dead Right: Hegel and the Terror,” in South Atlantic Quarterly (2004)

— “Benjamin and the Ambiguities of Romanticism” in Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin, ed. David Ferris (2004)

— “Memory Block: Rachel Whiteread’s Holocaust Memorial Project,” in S. Hornstein and F. Jacobowitz, Image and Remembrance: Questions about Representation and the Holocaust (2002)

— “Adorno’s Siren Song,” in New German Critique (2001)

— “Facies Hippocratica,” in Adriaan Peperzak, ed., Ethics as First Philosophy: The Thought of Emmanuel Levinas (1995)

— “Gifts without Presents: Economies of ‘Experience’ in Bataille and Heidegger,” Yale French Studies 78 (1990)

Northrop Frye 317, Victoria College