Anthony Cascardi

Sidney and Margaret Ancker Distinguished Professor

Comparative Literature and Spanish

PhD (Romance Languages and Literatures), Harvard

Anthony Cascardi


4120 Dwinelle Hall

By appointment only




Research Interests

Literature and Philosophy
Aesthetic Theory
Early Modern Literature

Anthony J. Cascardi is Professor of Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, and Spanish, and served for ten years as Dean of Arts and Humanities. He is also former Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities and of the Arts Research Center. Cascardi’s research interests include the relations between literature and philosophy; aesthetic theory; the novel; and early modern Europe. His books include The Subject of ModernityConsequences of EnlightenmentCervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics”; and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Philosophy. Forthcoming from Zone books is Francisco de Goya: Art of Critique.


Articles and reviews

“Reference in Lezama Lima’s Muerte de Narciso,” Journal ofSpanish Studies: Twentieth Century,5 (1977).

“Lope de Vega, Juan de la Cueva, Giraldi Cinthio, and Spanish Poetics,” Revistahispánica moderna, 39 (1976-77; copyright 1980).

“The Rhetoric of Defense in the Guzmán de Alfarache,” Neophilologus, 63(1979).

“Calderón’s Encyclopedic Rhetoric,” Neophilologus,63(1979).

“Sobre la fechade Los hechos de Garcilaso de Lope de Vega,” Bulletin oftheComediantes, 34 (1982).

Review of Alexander Welsh, Reflections onthe Hero as Quixote, Cervantes, 2 (1982).

Comedia and Trauerspiel: On Benjamin and Calderón,” Comparative Drama,16 (1982).

“ChronicleTowards Novel: Bernal Díaz’ History ofthe Conquest of Mexico,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 15 (1982).

“Crónica hacia la novela: LaHistoria de la Conquista de México de Bernal Díaz,” El Guacamayo ylaserpiente, 24 (1984). Reprinted in Spanish American Literature, ed. David William Foster (NewYork: Garland, 1997).

Leixa-preny el Libro de buen amor,” Nueva revista de filologíahispánica,31 (1982).

Review of Darío Fernández-Morera, The Lyre and the Oaten Flute, Journal ofHispanicPhilology, 5 (1982).

“Borges in the Mirror,” The San Francisco Review of Books (June, 1982).

“The Journalistas Communist ‘Poet,'” Review of Sergei Dovlatov, The Compromise, TheLos Angeles Times Book Review (December, 1983).

Review of Richard Rorty, The Consequences of Pragmatism, Philosophy andLiterature, 7 (1983).

“Calderón: The Enduring Monument,” Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos,” 7 (1983).

“Cervantes and Skepticism: The Vanishing of the Body,” Essays on Hispanic Literature in Honor of Edmund L. King (London: Tamesis Books, 1983).

“Skepticism and the Problem of Criteria in Don Quixote,” Homenaje a Stephen Gilman (Revista de estudios hispánicos, Río Piedras, 1983).

“The Place of Language in Philosophy, or The Uses of Rhetoric,” Philosophy and Rhetoric, 16 (1983)

“Cervantes and Descartes on the Dream Argument,” Cervantes, 4 (1984).

“Reading the Fantastic in Darío and Bioy-Casares,” Crítica hispánica, 6(1984).

“Emerson on Nature: Philosophy Beyond Kant,” Emerson Society Quarterly, 30 (1984). Reprint in Ninetheeth Century Literary Criticism (Layman Poupard Publishing , 2011-12).

“Remembering,” The Review of Metaphysics, 38 (1984).

“Skepticism and Deconstruction,” Philosophy and Literature, 8 (1984). Response by Steven Fuller, Philosophy andLiterature, 9 (1985). Reprinted in Jacques Derrida: Critical Thought, ed. Ian Maclachlan (Hampshire: Ashgate, 2004), pp, 36-48.

“The Exit from Arcadia: Reevaluation of the Pastoral in Virgil, Garcilaso, and Góngora,” Journal of Hispanic Philology,4(1984).

“The Logic of Moods: An Essay on Emerson and Rousseau,” Studies in Romanticism, 24 (1985).

“On Heidegger and the Recourse to Poetic Language,” The Thomist, 49 (1985)

“Morality and Theatricality in Calderón’s El médico de su honra,” KentuckyRomanceQuarterly, 32 (1985).

“The Genealogy of Pragmatism,” Philosophy and Literature, 10 (1986).

“Genre Definition and Multiplicity in Don Quixote,” Cervantes,6(1986)

“The Old and the New: The Spanish comedia and the Resistance to Historical Change,” Renaissance Drama, n.s. 17(1986).  Reprinted in RenaissanceDrama asCultural History, ed. Mary Beth Rose (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1990), pp.401-428.

“From the Sublime to the Natural: Romantic Responses to Kant,” in Literature and the Question of Philosophy(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UniversityPress, 1987).

“The Theory of the Novel as Philosophy: Lukács, Unamuno, Ortega y Gasset,” Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos,11(1987).

“Perspectivism and the Conflict of Values in Don Quixote,” RomanceQuarterly, 34 (1987).

“Between Philosophy and Literature: Ortega’s Meditations on Quixote, in José Ortega y Gasset: Proceedings of the “Espectador Universal” International Interdisciplinary Conference, ed. Nora deMarval-McNair (New York: Greenwood Press, Contributions in Philosophy,1987).

“Genealogies of Modernism,” Philosophy and Literature, 11 (1987).

Review of Kenneth Baynes, James Bohman, and Thomas McCarthy, eds. After Philosophy: End or Transformation?, New Vico Studies, 5 (1987).

Review of Kevin Brownlee and Marina Scordilis Brownlee, eds. Romance: Generic Transformation from Chretien de Troyes to Cervantes, Romance Philology, 42 (1988).

“The Grammar of Telling,” New Literary History, 19 (1988), 403-417. Reprinted in Ordinary Language Criticism, ed. Kenneth Dauberand Walter Jost (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2003).

“DonJuan and the Discourse of Modernism,” in Tirso’s Don Juan: The Metamorphosis of a Theme(Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1988). Reviewed in Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, (Modern Humanities Research Association, England), 50 (1988).

“History, Theory, (Post) Modernity,” in Ethics / Aesthetics: Postmodern Positions, ed. Robert Merrill (Washington, D.C.: Maisonneuve Press,1988). Reprinted in After the Future: Postmodern Times and Places, ed. Gary Shapiro (Albany: SUNY Press, 1990).

The Bounds of Reason: Critical Response,” Cervantes, 8 (1988).

Review of Stanley Rosen, Hermeneutics as Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987), Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 167 (1988).

“The Lines Redrawn,” Afterword to Redrawing the Lines: Analytical Philosophy, Deconstruction, and Literary Theory (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Theory and History of Literature,1989).

“The Revolt of the Masses: Ortega’s Critique of Modernity” in Ortega y Gasset and the Question of Modernity,ed. Patrick Dust, The Prisma Institute, Hispanic Issues, 1989,pp.337-68.

La rebelión de las masas: la crítica de Ortega a la modernidad,”in Mythopoesis: Literatura, totalidad, ideología, ed. Joan Ramon Resina (Barcelona: Anthropos, 1992), pp. 213-238.

 “Immanuel Kant,” The Johns Hopkins Encyclopedia of Literary Theory andCriticism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UniversityPress, 1994), 6 cols.

“Narration and Totality,” The Philosophical Forum, 21 (Spring, 1990).

Review of Cornel West, The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism,” Philosophy and Literature, 14 (Winter, 1990).

“Cervantes’s Exemplary Subjects,” in Cervantes’s “Exemplary Novels” and the Adventure of Writing, ed. Michael Nerlich and Nicholas Spadaccini, Hispanic Issues, 6 (Minneapolis: The Prisma Institute, 1989), pp. 49-71.

“Aesthetic Liberalism: Kant and the Ethics of Modernity,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Special issue on Kant’s Critique of Judgment, 176 (1991), 10-23.

“Secularization and the Disenchantment of the World,” in Dialectic and Narrative, ed.Thomas R. Flynnand Dalia Judovitz (Albany: SUNY Press, 1993), pp. 121-137.

“Reason and Romance: the Persiles and the Disenchantment of the World,” MLN, March 1991.

“Allegories of Power,” in The Prince in the Tower: Perceptions of La vida es sueño,” ed. Frederick A. de Armas (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1993), pp. 15-26.

“The Archaeology of desire in Don Quixote,” in Quixotic Desire, ed. Ruth El Saffar and Diana Wilson (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993).

“The Ethics of Abstraction,” in Rereading the New, ed. Kevin J. H. Dettmar (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992), pp. 117-135.

Review of Emerson’s Modernity and the Example of Goethe, by Gustaaf Van Cromphout, Nineteenth CenturyProse, 1991, 82-85.

“The Ethics of Enlightenment: Goya and Kant,” Philosophy andLiterature, 15 (October, 1991), 189-211.

“Totality and the Novel,” New Literary History, 23 (1992), 607-27.

“Orígenes de la Novela,” Insula, 538 (October, 1991), special monographic issue, Un Libro Español para el mundo: El “Quijote”, 9-11.

“The Subject of Control,” Afterword to Culture and Control in Counter-Reformation Spain, Hispanic Issues, 7,ed. Anne J. Cruz and Mary Elizabeth Perry (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992), pp.231-245.

“Calderón de la Barca,” “Miguel de Cervantes,” “Tirso de Molina,” and “Lope de Vega.” Entries in The International Dictionary of the Theatre (London: Gale Research International, 1994), pp.155-159, 175-178, 961-963, 999-1003.

“History and Modernity in the Spanish Golden Age: Secularization and Literary Self-Assertion in Don Quixote,” in Cultural Authority in Early Modern Spain: Continuation and its Alternatives, ed. Marina S. Brownlee and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), pp. 209-233.

“A crítica da Subjectividade e o Re-encanto do Mundo,” in A. Cascardi, J. Hintikka, et. al., Retóricae Comunicaçao,” ed. Manuel Maria Carrilho (Lisboa: ASA, 1994), pp. 95-122.

“The Critique of Subjectivity and the Re-Enchantment of the World,” Revue International de Philosophie, 21 (1996), 243-263.

“Gracián and the Authority of Taste,” in Rhetoric and Politics: Baltasar Gracián and the New World Order, ed. Nicholas Spadaccini and Jenaro Talens (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Hispanic Issues, vol. 14, 1997), pp. 255-283.

Review-Essay of Timothy J. Reiss, The Meaning of Literature, in Modern Language Quarterly, 54 (1993), 393-404. “Response to Reiss,” Modern Language Quarterly, 54 (1993), 414-418.

“La Question de l’Aufklärung,” in Le Questionnement et l’Histoire, (Bruxelles: De Boeck, 2000).

“Instinct and Object: Subjectivity and Speech-Act in Garcilaso dela Vega,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 6:2 (1994), special issue entitled “Literatura y subjetividad en la primera modernidad española (siglos XV, XVI, y XVII),” pp. 1-25.

“Goya: La dialéctica entre la Ilustración y el arte,” in Razón,tradición y modernidad: re-visión de lailustración hispánica, eds. Francisco La Rubia Prado and JesúsTorrecillas(Madrid: Tecnos, 1996), pp. 53-85.

Review of Alan Singer, The Subject as Action: Transformation and Totality in Narrative Aesthetics. Modern Fiction Studies, 40 #4 (Winter, 1995), 929-931.

Review of John T. Graham, A Pragmatist Philosophy of Life in Ortega y Gasset. Philosophy and Literature, 19 (1995), 374-376.

“Ethics and Aesthetics in Joseph Conrad,” WHR (Western Humanities Review), 49 (Spring,1995),17-35.

Review of Andrea Nightingale, Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy (Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1995), Philosophy and Literature, 20 (October, 1996), 527-529.

Review of Adam Zachary Newton, Narrative Ethics (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995), Canadian Philosophical Reviews, 16 (February, 1996), pp. 37-39.

“Communication and Transformation: Aesthetics and Politics in Kant and Arendt,” in Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics, ed. Craig Calhoun and John McGowan (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997), pp. 99-131.

“Wittgenstein and Literary Theory,”The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 467-69.

“The Difficulty of Art,” in Thinking Through Art, ed. Alan Singer (Duke University Press in conjunctionwith boundary 2, vol. 25, Spring, 1998), 35-65.

“Romance, Ideology, and Iconoclasm in Cervantes,” in Cervantes and his Postmodern Constituents, ed. Anne Cruz and Carroll Johnson (New York: Garland/Hispanic Issues, 1999), pp. 22-42.

Review of Jacques Lezra, Unspeakable Subjects: The Genealogy of the Event in Early Modern Europe. Modern Philology (University of Chicago Press).

“Aesthetic Reflection and Narrative Form: From Spiritual Biography toUniversal History” in Biography: Forms of Publishing Lives, ed. Andreas Schüle (Münster: Lit Verlag, 2001).

Review of Matei Calinescu, Rereading. International Studies in Philosophy,30 #2 (1998), 120-121.

“Two Kinds of Knowing in Plato, Cervantes,and Aristotle,” Philosophy and Literature, 24 (2000), 406-423.

“Cervantes, Platón yAristóteles: Literatura y ‘Phronēsis,’” Actas del IV Congreso Internacionalde la Asociación de Cervantistas, ed José María Casasayas.

Review of Geoffrey Galt Harpham, Shadowsof Ethics: Criticism and the Just Society. Comparative Literature,53 (2001).

“Philosophy of Culture and Theory of theBaroque,” Filozofski Vesnik, 22 (2000), 87-110.

“Marcel Duchamp and the Cusan Idiot’s Spoon”(in Swedish). Hjärnstorm no. 70(2000) (Stockholm), special issue on Marcel Duchamp.

Don Quijote and the Invention of theNovel,” The Cambridge Companion to Cervantes q.v.

“Heidegger, Adorno, in VztrajanjeRomanticizma,” (“Heidegger, Adorno, in VztrajanjeRomanticizma”) Filozofski Vestnik, 23 (2003), 93-102.

“Heidegger, Adorno,and the Persistence of Romanticism,” in Dialogue and Universalism, XIII, no.11-12 (2003),pp. 13-22.

“José Ortega y Gasset(1883-1955)”, A History of Western Aesthetics, vol. 4: XXth Century, ed. Huimin Jin (Beijing:Chinese Social Science Press, forthcoming).

“Beyond Castro and Maravall: Interpellation,Mimesis, and the Hegemony of Spanish Culture,” Ideologies of Hispanism, ed. Mabel Moraña (Vanderbilt University Press, Hispanic Issues series,2004),pp. 138-159.

“Disowning Knowledge: Cavell on Shakespeare,” The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, ed. Richard Eldridge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Sublimitas y barroco en Calderón,” in Calderón 2000: Homenaje a Kurt Reichenberger en su 80 compleaños, ed. Ignacio Arellano (Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2002), 307-391.

Review of Aurora Egido, Humanidades y dignidad del hombre en Baltasar Gracián (Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad, 2001), Hispanic Review, 41 (2000).

“Borges: Mimesis and Modernism,” in Literary Philosophers, ed. JorgeGracia, Carolyn Korsmeyer, and Rodolphe Gasché (New York: Routledge, 2003).

“Unbearable Lightness of Books,” in Ignacio Rábago, Instalaciones, Copenhagen, 2004.

“La Insoportable Levedad de los libros,” Biblioteca de Babel X by Jose Ignacio Diaz deRabago (Montevideo, Uruguay, 2008)

“Heidegger, Adorno, and the Persistence of Romanticism,” in Dialogue and Universalism, XIII, no.11-12 (2003), pp. 13-22.

“Hegemonija v Estetski Teoriji” (“Hegemony inAesthetic Theory” trans. Prevedla Valerija Vendramin), Filozsfski Vestnik, 24 (2003), 7-17.

“Arts of Persuasion and Judgment: Rhetoricand Aesthetics,” in A Companion to Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism,ed.Walter Jost and Wendy Olmsted (Oxford: Blackewll, 2004), pp. 294-308.

“La Belleza Traicionada,” in Teoría del Arte (Universidad de Chile), 12 (2005), 65-78.

“Cervantes’ Two Hands,” in Cervantes y su mundo, III, ed. A. Robert Lauer & Kurt Reichenberger, Estudios de Literatura 92 (Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2005), pp. 41-60.

“Image and Iconoclasm in Don Quijote,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 82 (Liverpool, UK: 2005), 599-613

“Historia e Iconoclasma Moderno en Don Quijote,” Insula, nos.700-701: La Recepción del Quijote en su IV centenario (Madrid: April-May, 2005), 17-18.

“The Genealogy of the Sublime in the Aesthetics of the Baroque,” Reason and Its Others: Italy, Spain, and the new World, ed. David Castillo and Massimo Lollini (Vanderbilt University press / Hispanic Issues: 2005), 221-239

Review of Ricardo Padrón, The SpaciousWord: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. Hispanic Review, 74:2 (2006), 209-212.

“Comi-tragedia” in Cervantes: Don Quixote and the Genealogy of the ‘Funny Book’” In Cervantes and His Legacy in Fiction. Ed. Robert Lauer and Sonya Gupta (Hyderabad: Centre for Hispanic Studies,CIEFL Bulletin, 2006), 19-37.

“The Implication of Images in the Revival of Aesthetics,” The Revival of Aesthetics, ed. AlešErjavec (Ljubljana: Filosofski Vestnik, 2007), pp. 167-182

“Text and Image after Plato” (in Chinese translation), Academic Monthly (Shanghai,2008).

“Philosophy and the Novel,” in The Oxford Handbook to Philosophy and Literature, ed. RichardEldridge. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 162-179.

“The Matter of Memory: Semblance and Blur in Richter and Adorno,” in Aesthetics and the Work of Art: Adorno, Kafka, Richter, ed. Peter de Bolla and Stefan Hoesel-Uhlig (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) pp. 169-186.

“Senseand Conceptin Aesthetic Theory: Between Adorno andDeleuze,” in Imagination, Sensuality, Art, ed. Alesš Erjavec(Ljubljana: Slovensko društvo zaestetico, 2008), pp. 38-42.

“Romantic Politicsand Revolutionary Art: The Manifestos ofthe Avant-Gardes,” in Aesthetics Bridging Cultures, ed. Jale Erzen (Ankara: Sanart, 2008), pp. 67-74.

“Romantična Politika in Revolutionaria Umetnost: Manifesti Avantgard” (Slovenian translation), Filosovsky Vestnik, 29 (2008), pp.105-116.

“Slow Reading: A Preface to Nietzsche” in Nietzsche’s Negative Ecologies, Townsend Papers in the Humanities (Berkeley: Townsend Center and UC Press, 2009).Reprinted as Slow Reading: Nietzsche,” in the electronic journal Philosophie der psychologie at (Vienna, 2009).

“The Matter of Memory: Semblance and Blur in Richter and Adorno,” in Aestheticsand the Work of Art: Adorno, Kafka,Richter, ed. Peter de Bolla and Stefan Hoesel-Uhlig (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) pp. 169-186.

“Tragedy and Philosophy” in The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Literature, ed. Gary Hagberg and Walter Jost (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming 2010), pp. 161-173.

“Ortega y Gasset” (translated in Serbian) in Figure u Pokretu / Figures in Movement: Savremena zapadna estetika i filozofija umetnosti / Contemporary western aesthetics and philosophy of art, ed. Miško Šuvakovič and Aleš Erjaveč. Belgrade, 2009.

“Orphic Fictions: Poesía and Poiēsis in Cervantes,” in Poiēsis and Modernity, ed. Leah Middlebrook and Anthony J.Cascardi (Hispanic Issues, 2010)

“Indirect Discourse in Cervantes and Philosophy: Persecution and the Art ofWriting,” Arena Romanistica, 6 (2010), 20-35

“Prolegomena to Any Future Aesthetics.” In Art and Aesthetics After Adorno (Berkeley: Townsend Center for the Humanities and University of California Press, 2010).

“On Cavell and Kant: The Work of Criticism and the Work of Art.” Forthcoming in Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism, ed. Bernie Rhie and Richard Eldridge (New York: Continuum Books, 2011).

“Ideology or Utopia?  From the Sociology of Knowledge to the Contradictions of Realism,” Dedalus:  Journal of Comparative Studies, Vol. 16 (2012).

“Consequences of the Quixote: The Bearable Lightness of Cervantes’ Influence,” forthcoming in J. G. A. Ardila, ed. The Oxford Companion to Cervantes (forthcoming, OUP, 2013).

“‘¿Qué es filosofar?’:  A Dog’s-Eye View,” forthcoming in Cervantes, 2014.

“Wittgenstein and Modernism in Literature, Between the Tractacus and the Philosophical Investigations,” forthcoming in Wittgenstein and Modernism, University of Chicago Press.

In progress “Body and Voice in Julie Dash’s Film Daughters of the Dust,” experimental multimedia paper and image


2/80, University of Texas, Austin, “Poetry of the Spanish Baroque”

2/80, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “The Forms of Theatre in Calderón”

3/80, Columbia University, “Calderón and the Limits of Illusion”

2/81, University of Toronto, “Morality in Calderón and the Baroque,” International Symposium on Calderón and the Baroque Tradition

5/81, University of San Diego, “Calderón’s Idea of a Theatre”

3/82, “Cervantes and the Picaresque,” UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

4/82, “Dostoevsky’s Morals,” University of Toronto Conference on Literature and Moral Philosophy

11/83, “Perspectivism and the Conflict of Values in Don Quixote,” Columbia University

4/83, “Philosophy and the Novel,” University of Montreal, Xth International Conference in Aesthetics

11/83, “Deconstruction and Skepticism,” New York University Comparative Literature Colloquium

3/84, “Skepticism and Criteria in Literature and Philosophy,” Università di Torino

4/84, “Skepticism and Deconstruction,” Cambridge University

4/84, “Morality and Theatre in Calderón,” Oxford University,

5/84, “Skepticism and Absorption in the Baroque,” University of Edinburgh

12/84, Cervantes Society of America, “Genre Definition and Multiplicity in Con Quixote” (MLA meeting)

4/85, “Ortega y Gasset:Between Philosophy and Literature,” Hofstra University

12/85, “Transformations of the Cid,” MLA convention

12/85, “From Frankfurt to Wittgenstein,” MLA convention

4/86, “Genealogies of Modernism,” UCB Comparative Literature Colloquium

12/85, Cervantes Society of America (MLA meeting), “Genre Definition and Multiplicity in Cervantes”

4/86, “The Genealogy of Pragmatism,” IAPL conference, University of Washington, Seattle

2/87, “Narration and Modernity,” Vanderbilt University

9/87, “Narration and Totality,” SUNY, Stony Brook

12/87, “Jürgen Habermas:Modernism versus Postmodernism,” MLA convention

12/87 “Cervantes and Lukács,” MLA Convention

1/88, “Cervantes and Historical Change,” University of Pennsylvania

4/88, “The Politics of Images,” IAPL conference, University of Notre Dame

]7/88, “Narration and Totality,” XIth International Congress in Aesthetics, Nottingham, England

5/88, “What is Comparative Literature?” UCB departmental symposium presentation

5/88, “History, Theory, Postmodernity,” IAPL Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence

5/88, “The Foreign Languages at Berkeley,” panel presentation on “The Form and Content of Departments”

10/88, University of Washington (Seattle) Colloquium on Philosophy and Literature:”Narration and Totality”

10/88, “The Revolt of the Masses:Ortega’s Critique of Modernity,” Dept. of Romance Languages, University of Washington, Seattle

2/89, “Narration and Totality (Part II),” Dept. of Rhetoric Colloquium, UC Berkeley

2/89, “The Revolt of the Masses:Ortega’s Critique of Modernity,” University of Indiana, Bloomington

2/89, “Ortega’s Critique of Modernity,” Stanford University

4/89, Endowed College Lecture:”Narration and Totality,” Williams College

4/89, Geddes Lecture (endowed lecture), Boston University: “Narration and Totality,”

10/89, “Aesthetic Liberalism,” American Society for Aesthetics

10/89, Haverford College Distinguished Lecture Series: “Ortega and the Question of Modernity”

10/89, Swarthmore College, Dept. of Philosophy:”The Discourses of Modernity”

10/89, Temple University, Departments of Philosophy and English: “Lukács’ Theory of the Novel and the Problem of Modernity”

5/89 “The Disenchantment of the World:Max Weber’s Critique of Modernity,” IAPL Conference, Emory University

7/89, “Reason and Romance,” NEH International Conference on the Ancient Novel, Dartmouth College

3/90, Humanities West (with KQED Radio) “The New and the Old:The Theatre of the Golden Age”

4/90, “The Politics of Skepticism,” International Symposium on La vida es sueño, Penn State University

4/90, Seminar on “Rethinking Dualism,” IAPL Conference, U.C. Irvine

10/90 “The Ethics of Enlightenment:Goya and Kant,” Carleton College

10/90 “The Archaeology of Desire in Don Quixote,” University of Minnesota

12/90 “Reason and Romance,” MLA Convention (Chicago)

4/91 “Secularization and Literary Self-Assertion in Don Quixote,” University of Pennsylvania Colloquium on Cultural Authority:Literary Continuation in Renaissance Spain

12/91, “La Teoría de la Modernidad,” Departamento de Filosofía, Universidad de Barcelona

12/91, “Las Consecuencias de la Modernidad,” Departamento de Filosofía, Universidad de Barcelona

3/92, “The Disenchantment of the World,” Departments of English and Philosophy, Trinity University

3/92, “The Re-Enchantment of the World,” Departments of English and Philosophy, Trinity University

12/93, “The Language of Value in Conrad,” Keynote Address, The Joseph Conrad Society

3/94, “History and Modernity in Golden Age Spain,” Duke University, Department of Romance Studies

3/94 “Questioning and History:The Question of Enlightenment,” Plenary Address at the conference on Rhetoric and Argumentation, sponsored by the Centre Europeén pour l’Etude de l’Argumentation (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels)

12/94, “Quevedo and the Politics of Anti-Modernism,” special session on Quevedo, MLA convention, San Diego.

2/95, “Communication and Transformation in Kant and Arendt,” Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

2/95, “Instinct and Object:Subjectivity and Speech-Act in Garcilaso de la Vega,” UC Santa Cruz, Bay Area Early Modern Studies Group.

3/95, “Aesthetics and Politics in Kant and Arendt,” Centre for Critical Theory, Program in Social and Political Thought, University of Western Ontario.

3/95, “Communication and Transformation in Kant and Arendt,” Program in Social and Political Thought, York University (Canada)

5/96, “Beyond Form:Aesthetics, Ideology, and Iconoclasm in Don Quixote,” UCLA, invited paper at the conference “Cervantes and his Postmodern Constituencies.”

10/96, “The Authority of Taste in Gracián,” Dept. of Literature, UC San Diego.

1/97, “Gracián and the Invention of Taste,” Stanford University

2/98, “Humanities at Century’s End:Communication and Transformation,” UC San Diego

2/98: Yale University, “The Invention of Taste in Gracián”

2/98: UCSD: “Humanities at Century’s End:Communication and Transformation”

2/98: University of Chicago, Department of Romance Languages:”The Invention of Taste in Gracián”

4/97: ACLA Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, “Aesthetic Qualities Across Media”

10/31 “Response to Arthur Danto on the Future of Art,” UC Berkeley, Townsend Center for the Humanities Forum

8/98 “The Difficulty of Judgment,” XIV International Congress of Aesthetics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

11/98 “Aesthetic Reflection and Narrative Form: From Spiritual Biography to Universal History,” University of Heidelberg, Graduierten Kolleg “Religion und Normativität”

 3/31/99 “Consequences of Enlightenment: Critical Response,” American Society for Aesthetics, Pacific Division Conference, Asilomar CA.

10/99 “Borges: Mimesis and Modernism,” SUNY Buffalo, Departments of Philosophy and Comparative Literature

6/00 “Tragedy and Sublimity,” University of Umeå, Umeå (Sweden)

6/00 “Philosophy of Culture and Theory of the Baroque,” Society for Aesthetics, National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

9/00 “Sublimitas y barroco en algunas obras de Calderón,” Universidad de Navarra, “Calderón 2000,” Pamplona (Spain)

10/00 “Cervantes, Platón y Aristóteles: Literatura y ‘Phronesis,’” IV Congreso Internacional de Cervantistas, Naufpaktos (Greece)

10/00 “The Ends of Art,” American Society for Aesthetics, Reno, NV

6/01 “Aesthetic Agency,” University of Bergen (Norway), Nordic Society for Aesthetics

8/01 IV International Congress of Aesthetics, Tokyo, Japan, Plenary Session:“Heidegger, Adorno, and the Inheritance of Romanticism”

10/01, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) conference, “Not a Laughing Matter: How Don Quixote Became a Funny Book.”

2/02 “Artists and Intellectuals” ARC Panel Presentation, UC Bekeley

3/02 “Cervantean Self-Fashioning: Composition for Two Hands,” University of Tulsa

3/02 Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Honors seminar, University of Tulsa

3/02 Faculty Seminar ”Philosophy of Culture and Theory of the Baroque,” University of Tulsa

3/02 “Body and Voice in ‘Daughters of the Dust,’” University of Copenhagen, EALC/ALS plenary conference talk

4/02 “Tragedy and Enlightenment,” Dept. of Comparative Literature, Univ. Of Copenhagen

4/02 “Don Juan Tenorio,” seminar, Department of Romance Languages, Univ. Of Copenhagen

11/02 “Hegemony in Aesthetic Theory,” Slovenian Society for Aesthetics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

12/02 “Wittgenstein and the Middle Voices,” MLA Annual Convention New York, NY

06/03 “Beauty Betrayed,” King’s College, Cambridge (UK)

2/04 “Arendt on Action, Aristotle on Tragedy,” Stanford University

6/04 “Imagen, Iconoclasma, y Modernidad en Don Quijote” Barcelona, Forum 2004

8/04 “Beauty Betrayed,” Plenary Address, XVICongresso Internacional de Estetica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5/05 “Image and Iconoclasm in Don Quijote,” University of Oregon, Eugene.May, 2005.

6/06 “Text and Image After Plato,” Sichuan University, Chinese Society for Aesthetics and IAA Joint Conference, Chengdu, China.

09/06 “Sense and Concept in Aesthetic Theory.” Plenary address, III Mediterranean Congress of Aesthetics” (Portorož).

101. 04/07 “Tragedy and Philosophy,” Annual Notre Dame Lecture, Notre Dame University.

07/08 “Romantic Politics and Revolutionary Art,” International Association for Aesthetics Conference, Ankara, Turkey

05/08 “Three Lectures on the Rhetoric of the Image,” Primorska University, Koper (Capodistria)

03/09 “Goya, Modernty, Aesthetic Critique”

9/09 “Cervantes and the Discourse of Politics” NYU

9/09 “Painting Thinking,” University of Barcelona, Department of History of Art

9/09 “Goya, Modernty, Aesthetic Critique,” Columbia University

3/10 “Free Speech: Cervantes and the Discourse of Politics,” Princeton University, Faber Lecture

3/10 “Cervantes and the Discourse of Politics,” Miami University

4/10 “Free Speech: Cervantes and the Discourse of Politics,” UCLA

4/10 “Goya, Modernty, Aesthetic Critique,” UCLA

10/10 “On Cavell and Kant: The Work of Criticism and the Work of Art”



Visiting Professor, Primorska University (Koper, Slovenia), May, 2008
Haas Family Fund ArtsBridge Grant (Principal Investigator), 2004-05
Fulbright Fellowship, 2004
Visiting Scholar, University of Copenhagen, Spring, 2002
Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities (Publication Grant, 1996)
Co-Director, NEH Summer Institute on Ethics and Aesthetics (1993)
Fellow, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, U.C. Berkeley (1991-92)
Gaspar de Portola Visiting Lecturer, University of Barcelona (December, 1991)
American Cultures Institute Fellow, U.C. Berkeley (Summer, 1991)
Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities (Research Grant, 1991)
Council on Educational Development (C.E.D.) grant, U.C. Berkeley (1989-90)
U.S. Delegate, XIth International Congress of Aesthetics (1988)
Choice prize (“Outstanding Academic Book”) for Literature and the Question of Philosophy Andrew Mellon Foundation Publication Award for The Bounds of Reason (1986)
Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (UTE) Grant, U.C. Berkeley (Fall, 1984)
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh (Spring, 1984)
Faculty Career Development Award, University of California, Berkeley (1984)
Faculty Visitor, Magdalen College, Oxford University (Spring, 1984)
Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1983)
Fellow, Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities, (1982, declined)
Harvard University Traveling Fellowship (1978)
Latin American Studies Thesis Prize, Princeton University (1975)
Romance Languages Thesis Prize, Princeton University (1975)