Christopher Devenney
Assistant Professor 

I received my B.A. from The University of Massachussetts-Boston in Philosophy and Music, my M.A. in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. My research and teaching interests focus upon the relationship between literature and ethics, theories of translation, postcolonial literature and theory, the literature of exile and dislocation, and the traumatic crisis of historical self-representation in modern, postmodern, and postcolonial writing. I am particularly interested in the ways literary and critical texts at once speak about and speak through this traumatic crisis, and with the ways these modes of indirect "witnessing" unsettle traditional cultural and historicist ideologies.

Since coming to Haverford I have taught an eclectic range of courses including Romantic Poetry and Prose, Postmodern Poetry, Postcolonial writing and theory, and several Freshman Writing seminars. In upcoming semesters I will be teaching courses on Melville and the Western canon, contemporary Northern Irish writing, and postcolonial translations. I am the co-editor of a volume entitled Engagement and Indifference: Beckett and the Political  (SUNY Press, 2000), and have written essays on Samuel Beckett, Kafka and Joyce, John Banville and contemporary Irish writing, and Viriginia Woolf. Currently, I am working on a book on Beckett, tentatively entitled What Remains: Beckett and the Subject of History.