Erik S. Roraback, D.Phil. (Oxon.)

Director, American Literature and Cultural-Studies
Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
Charles University in Prague

Fields of interest

Modern thought and culture; systems theory; theoretical psychoanalysis; sociology of cinema, literature, and philosophical cultures; critical sports studies; Frankfurt School and Walter Benjamin studies; French theory of the C20 and C21

Recent publications

“Emancipating Forms Of Death With Polanyi And Leibniz”. Pagination forthcoming. Death And Anti-Death, Volume 14: Four Decades After Michael Polanyi, Three Centuries After G.W. Leibniz, ed. Charles Tandy. Palo Alto, California: Ria University Press, forthcoming. Hardback ISBN: 978-1-934297-26-1; Softback ISBN: 978-1-934297-26-1. USA.

The Power of the Impossible: On Community and the Creative Life. IFF Books, Winchester, UK, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-78535-149-5. Forthcoming.

The Philosophical Baroque: On Autopoietic Modernities (Brill Publishing Company, Leiden/Boston/Tokyo, 2017). ISBN: forthcoming. The Netherlands.

“This is Money & Power; or, Thinking Materialism with James & Balzac”. Volume title and pagination forthcoming. Paris: Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2016/2017. Eds. Eliane Elmaleh, Pierre Guerlian, Raphaël Ricaud. France.

“An Aesthetic & Ethical Revolutionary on the U.S.-American Road: Theodor W. Adorno in Los Angeles & in New York”. In A View From Elsewhere. Eds. Marcel Arbeit and Roman Trušník. Olomouc: Palacký University, 2014, 247 pp. ISBN 978-80-244-4396-6, pp. 59-84. Czech Republic. First Edition.

“Slavic Encounters: The Reception of Henry James in the Czech and Slovak Lands”. In The Reception of Henry James in Europe, The Athlone Critical Traditions Series: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe. Editor Annick Duperray. Series Editor Elinor Schaffer. London/New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, 381 pp. ISBN 978-1-4725-3593-1, pp. 124-138 and 325-328. UK/USA. Paperback edition. First published in 2006 by the Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.

“Fassbinder, Rainer Werner” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 8. Eds. Allison, Jr., Dale C. / Helmer, Christine / Seow, Choon-Leong / Spieckermann, Hermann / Walfish, Barry Dov / Ziolkowski, Eric. Berline: De Gruyter Press, 2013, 1200 columns, columns 901-903, ISBN: 978-3-11-018376-4. Germany.

“A Gateway to a Baroque Rhetoric of Jacques Lacan & Niklas Luhmann”. In Prague English Studies Centenary and the Transformation of Philologies. 1st ed. Eds. Martin Procházka and Ondřej Pilný. Prague: Karolinum Press, 2013; 218 pp., pp. 166-83, ISBN: 978-80-246-2156-2. Czech Republic.

“Niklas Luhmann and Forms of the Baroque Modern; or, Structure, System and Contingency”. The Prague School and Theories of Structure: Interfacing Science, Literature and the Humanities / ACUME 2, Vol. 1. Edited by Martin Procházka / Markéta Malá / Pavlína Šaldová. Goettingen: V&R unipress, 2010. Pp. 363-78; book 469 pp. ISBN: 978-3-89971-704-4. Germany.

“A Multiplicity of Folds of an Unconscious ‘Crystal’ Monad: James, Benjamin, and Blanchot”. Supplemental online chapter S 68-77. Henry James’s Europe: Heritage and Transfer. Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray and Adrian Harding, eds. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2011, 294 + S 92pp. ISBN: 978-906924-36-2. UK.

The Dialectics of Late Capital and Power: James, Balzac and Critical Theory. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. Dust jacket: a Georg Jensen designed silver bowl from 1912. ISBN: 1-84718-226-7, 220 x 150 (mm), xviii + 312 pp., hardback. UK.