Professor and Chair
Office: HMNSS 2418
jacques.lezra@ucr.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D. Yale Comparative Literature (1990)
  • MPhil Yale Comparative Literature (1986)
  • BA Yale Comparative Literature (1984)
  • Deep Springs College, 1979-1981

Biography

Professor of Hispanic Studies, joined the faculty at UC Riverside in 2016, from New York University.  A scholar of comparative as well as Spanish-language literature, Lezra focuses his research in the fields of philosophy; the literature and visual culture of Spain and Europe in the early modern period; Marx and Marxism; and the theory, philosophy and practices of translation.  His most recent books are Contra todos los fueros de la muerte: El suceso cervantino (La Cebra, 2016) and Lucretius and Modernity (co-edited with Liza Blake; Palgrave, 2016).  His Wild Materialism: The Ethic of Terror and the Modern Republic (Fordham, 2010) has been published in a Spanish translation (2012) and in Chinese (2013). Two more books are under review: Necrophilology after ‘Capital’: On the Nature of Marx’s Things and This Untranslatability Which Is Not One. Earlier work includes a first book, Unspeakable Subjects: The Genealogy of the Event in Early Modern Europe and his edition (with Georgina Dopico Black) of Covarrubias’s ca. 1613 Suplemento al Tesoro de la Lengua Castellana.  In addition, Lezra has edited collections of essays on the work of Althusser, Balibar and Macherey, and on Spanish republicanism, and published widely on Shakespeare, contemporary and early modern translation theories and practices, Freud, Althusser, Woolf, animality studies, and other topics.  He is the co-translator into Spanish of Paul de Man’s Blindness and Insight.  With Emily Apter and Michael Wood, he is the co-editor of Dictionary of Untranslatables (2014), the English translation of Vocabulaire européen des philosophies.  With Paul North, he edits the Fordham University Press book series IDIOM.