This collection presents a sort of counter-history or counter-genealogy of the globalization of French thought from the point of view of scholars working in the UK. While the dominating discourse would attribute the US as the source of that globalization, particularly through the 1966 conference on the Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man at Johns Hopkins University, this volume of essays serves as a reminder that the UK has also been a principal motor of that globalization. The essays take into account how French thought and literary theory have institutionally taken shape in the UK from the 70s to today, highlight aspects of French thought that have been of particular pertinence or importance for scholars there, and outline how researchers in the UK today are bringing French thought further in terms of teaching and research in this twenty-first century. In short, this volume traces how the country has been behind the reception and development of French thought in Anglophone worlds from the late 70s to the present.
Irving Goh received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. In 2015, the Royal Society and the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences awarded him the Newton International Fellowship in the Department of French at the University of Cambridge for his work on "prepositional existence" in French thought. That work now appears as L'existence prépositionnelle, published by Galilée in 2019. He is also the author of The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject (Fordham UP, 2014), which won the MLA 23rd Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies. He is currently President's Assistant Professor of Literature at the National University of Singapore.