Peggy Kamuf

Professor Emerita of French and Italian and Comparative Literature
Email Office THH 278 Office Phone (213) 740-0101


  • Ph.D. French, Cornell University, 8/1975
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 01/01/2001 –
    • Professor of French, University of Southern California, 09/01/1988 –

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments

    • Visiting Professor, Centre d’Etudes Feminines, Universite de Paris VIII, St. Denis-Vincennes,
    • Visiting Professor, Centre d’Etudes Feminines, Universite de Paris VIII, St. Denis-Vincennes,

    Other Employment

    • Distinguished International Fellow, London Graduate School, 2010
    • Directeur de Programme Correspondant, Collège International de Philosophie, 01/09/1989-08/31/1995
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Peggy Kamuf’s principal research interests are in literary theory and contemporary French thought and literature. She has written extensively on the work of Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, and Jean-Luc Nancy, and has also translated a number of their texts. Her earlier work was on 18th-century French fictions of the feminine (Fictions of Feminine Desire: Disclosures of Heloise [1982]), the signature and authorship, especially in Rousseau, but as well Stendhal, Baudelaire, and V. Woolf (Signature Pieces: On the Institution of Authorship [1988]), and the institutionalization of literary studies, specifically in France (The Division of Literature, or the University in Deconstruction [1997]). More recently, Book of Addresses (2005) gathers essays on fictionality, sexual difference, psychoanalysis, and literary theory around the figure of the address of speech and writing and To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida (2010) collects ten years of her writings on Derrida. She has also edited several collections of work by Derrida: A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds (1991), Without Alibi (2002), and Psyche: Inventions of the Other (2007). She is a co-editor of the series The Seminars of Jacques Derrida at University of Chicago Press and is a member of the editorial board of Oxford Literary Review.

  • Contracts and Grants Awarded

    • The Essential Humanities, (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Peggy Kamuf, $188,622, 2010 – 2012
    • Translation of the Seminars of Jacques Derrida, (National Endowment for the Humanities), Peggy Kamuf, Geoffrey Bennington, Pascale-Anne Brault, Michael Naas, Elizabeth Rottenberg, David Wills, $180,000, 07/01/2009 – 06/30/2012
  • Conference Presentations

    • Protocol: Death Penalty Addiction , Spindel Conference in PhilosophyKeynote Lecture, University of Memphis, Invited, Memphis, TN, 2011-2012
    • “In-Habitation: Of Grammatology as Habitography” , Derrida TodayKeynote Lecture, Kingston University, Invited, London, England, 2010-2011
    • “Passing Strange: The Laws of Translation” , Modern Language Association Annual MeetingKeynote Lecture, MLA/ Presidential Forum, Invited, Philadelphia, PA, 2009-2010
  • Book

    • Kamuf, P., Derrida, J. (2013). The Death Penalty Volume I. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
    • Kamuf, P. `. (2010). To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    • Kamuf, P. `., Cixous, H. (2009). So Close. London: Polity Press.
    • Derrida, J., Kamuf (ed.), P., Rottenberb (ed.), E. (2008). Psyche: Inventions of the Other, Vol. 2. 333. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP.
    • Derrida, J., Kamuf, P., Rottenberg (ed.), E. (2007). Psyche: Inventions of the Other, Vol. 1. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP.
    • Kamuf, P. (2005). Book of Addresses. Stanford University Press.
    • Derrida, J., Kamuf, P. (2002). Without Alibi. Stanford, CA: Jacques Derrida, Without Alibi (ed. P. Kamuf)/Stanford University Press.
    • Kamuf, P. (1997). The Division of Literature, or the University in Deconstruction. University of Chicago Press.
    • Kamuf, P. (1991). A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds.
    • Kamuf, P. (1988). Signature Pieces: On the Institution of Authorship. Cornell University Press.
    • Kamuf, P. (1982). Fictions of Feminine Desire: Disclosures of Heloise. University of Nebraska Pres.

    Book Chapters

    • Kamuf, P. (2008). “The Affect of America” in Derrida’s Legacies: Literature and Philosophy. pp. 138-50. Routledge.
    • Kamuf, P. (2007). “Aller à la ligne”.
    • Kamuf, P. (2005). “‘J’ Is for Just a Minute: It’s Miller Time When It Shimmers,”. pp. p. 197-209. New York: Provocations to Reading:J. Hillis Miller and the Democracy To Come/Fordham University Press.
    • Kamuf, P. (2004). “Venir aux débuts”. pp. p.329-334. Paris, France: Cahier de l’Herne: Jacques Derrida/Cahier de l’Herne.
    • Kamuf, P. (2004). “Signé Paine, ou la panique dans les lettres”. pp. p.19-35. Paris, France: La Démocratie à venir: Autour de Jacques Derrida/Editions Galilée.
    • Kamuf, P., Wolfreys, J. (2004). “Symptoms of Response: An Interview with Peggy Kamuf”. pp. 20-32. Thinking Difference: Critics in Conversation, Fordham University Press.


    Journal Article

    • Kamuf, P. (2013). “The Time of Marx: Derrida’s Perestroika”. The Los Angeles Review of Books. Time of Marx
    • Kamuf, P. (2012). “Protocol: Death Penalty Addiction”. The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 50, pp. 5-19.
    • Kamuf, P. (2012). “Life in Storage: Of Capitalism and A&E’s ‘Storage Wars'”. The Los Angeles Review of Books. Life in Storage
    • Kamuf, P. (2009). “The Names of War”. Oxford Literary Review. Vol. 31 (2), pp. 231-48.
    • Kamuf, P., McCance, D. (2009). “Crossings: An Interview with Peggy Kamuf”. Mosaic. Vol. 42 (4), pp. 1-17.
    • Kamuf, P. (2009). “The Ear Who?”. Discourse. Vol. 30 (1-2), pp. 177-90.
    • Kamuf, P. (2009). “Signed Paine, or Panic in Literature”. Diacritics. Vol. 38 (1-2), pp. 30-43.
    • Kamuf, P. (2009). “Bowing to Necessity in the Idiom of Rodolphe Gasché”. New Centennial Review. Vol. 8 (3), pp. 85-105.
    • Kamuf, P. (2007). “To Do Justice to ‘Rousseau,’ Irreducibly”. Eighteenth-Century Studies. Vol. 40 (3), pp. 395-404.
    • Kamuf, P. (2007). “Accounterability”. Textual Practice. Vol. 21 (2), pp. 251-66.
    • Kamuf, P. (2007). “Deconstruction”. Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. Vol. 15, pp. 1-20.
    • Kamuf, P. (2006). “Afterburn: An Afterword to ‘The Flying Manuscript,’”. New Literary History. Vol. 37 (1), pp. 47-55.
    • Kamuf, P. (2006). “From Now On,”. Epoché. Vol. 10 (2), pp. 203-20..
    • Kamuf, P. (2006). “Deconstruction,”. Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. Vol. 14, pp. pp. 1-18..
    • Kamuf, P. (2006). “Composition Displacement”. MLN. Vol. 121, pp. 872-92.
    • Kamuf, P. (2005). “To Follow”. Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. Vol. 16, pp. 3 (Fall 2005).
    • Kamuf, P. (2004). “Peace Keeping the Other War”. Revue de Littérature Comparée. Vol. 312 (Oct.-Dec. 2004), pp. pp. 445-65.
    • Kamuf, P. (2004). “L’autre différence sexuelle”. Europe: Revue littéraire mensuelle. Vol. May 2004, pp. pp. 163-90.
    • Kamuf, P. (2004). “Traduire dans l’urgence”. Le Magazine littéraire. Vol. 430 (April 2004), pp. p. 49.
    • Kamuf, P. (2004). “The University in the World It Is Attempting To Think”. Culture Machine (Web Journal). Vol. 6 (2004)
    • USC Endowed Professorship, Marion Frances Chevalier Professor in French, 2001/09/01-2019/08/15
    • Book Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2005-2006
    • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, , 1995
  • Editorships and Editorial Boards

    • Series co-editor, The Seminars of Jacques Derrida/ University of Chicago Press, 01/2008 –
    • Editor, volume 31, number 2, “The Word of War”, Oxford Literary Review, 2008-2009