Susan Rubin Suleiman

Susan Rubin Suleiman Professor of Romance and Comparative Literatures at Harvard, is the author, most recently, of Subversive Intent: Gender, Politics and the Avant-Garde.

Like water in water

Susan Rubin Suleiman, 12 July 1990

At first glance, nothing seems less likely than that these two books were written by a single author. One is a piece of philosophical theorising about religion and its relation to the economic organisation of societies, from the beginning of time to modern capitalism, the other a trio of pornographic narratives which, thirty or forty years ago, would not have been allowed to reach the bookstores without an obscenity trial. But written by a single author they most certainly were – and therein lies their charm (if that’s the right word), as well as Georges Bataille’s importance as a writer.’

Beyond Textualism

Christopher Norris, 19 January 1984

One gets the impression from Riffaterre’s book that he enjoys playing single-minded hedgehog to the foxy representatives of Parisian post-structuralist fashion. Despite some fairly arcane...

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