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The Deaths of the Author: Reading and Writing in Time
Duke University Press 2011

For thirty years "The Death of the Author" has been a familiar poststructuralist slogan in literary theory, widely understood and much debated as a dismissal of the author, a declaration of the writer's irrelevance to the reader's experience. In this concise book, Jane Gallop revitalizes this hackneyed concept by considering not only the abstract theoretical death of the author but also the writer's literal death, as well as other authorial "deaths"; such as obsolescence. Through bravura close readings of the influential literary theorists Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, she shows that the death of the author is best understood as a relation to temporality, not only for the reader but especially for the writer. Gallop does not just approach the death of the author from the reader's perspective; she also reflects at length on how impending death haunts the writer. By connecting an author's theoretical, literal, and metaphoric deaths, she enables us to take a fuller measure of the moving and unsettling effects of the deaths of the author on readers and writers, and on reading and writing.

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The Deaths of the Author: Reading and Writing in Time. Durham: Duke
University Press, 2011.

Living With His Camera. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Anecdotal Theory. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.

Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997.
Chinese Translation: Working Papers in Gender/Sexuality Studies, 5&6, 1999.
Turkish Translation by Alev Özkazanç (featuring a new introduction by Gallop) Ankara: Dipnot Yayinlari, 2013.

Around 1981: Academic Feminist Literary Theory. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Thinking Through the Body. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. Paperback, 1990. Chinese Translation: Jiangsu People’s Publishing House, 2004.

Reading Lacan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985. Honorable Mention, James Russell Lowell Prize, 1986. Paperback, 1987. Japanese Translation: Iwanami Shoten, 1990. Portuguese Translation: Imago Editora, 1992.

The Daughter's Seduction: Feminism and Psychoanalysis. London: Macmillan Press; and Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982. Paperback, 1984. Japanese Translation: Keiso Shobo, 2000.

Intersections: A Reading of Sade with Bataille, Blanchot, and Klossowski. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981. (Dissertation)

Edited Volumes:

“Envy,” special issue of WSQ, (Vol. 34, nos 3&4, 2006).

Polemic: Critical or Uncritical. New York: Routledge. 2004.

Pedagogy: The Question of Impersonation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.


“The Twentieth-Century Orgasm.” Feminist Formations, vol 28, no. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 139-142.

"The View from Queer Theory," Forum on Age and/as Disability. Age Culture Humanities, an Interdisciplinary Journal, Issue 2, 2015. Online.

“Precocious Jouissance: Roland Barthes, Amatory Maladjustment, and Emotion,” New Literary History, 43, 3 (2012).

"Around 1991," Romanic Review, Vol 101, nos 1-2 (Jan-March 2010), pp. 129-139.

"Close Reading in 2009," ADFL Bulletin, Volume 41, no. 3, URL <>

“Close Reading in 2009,” ADE Bulletin, #149 (May 2010).

“Bersani’s Freudian Body,” PMLA, vol. 125, no. 2 (March 2010).

“The Historicization of Literary Studies and the Fate of Close Reading,” Profession 2007.

“Reading Johnson as a ‘as a’: Yes and No,” differences, vol. 17, no. 3 (fall 2006).

“Reading Derrida’s Adieu,” differences, vol. 16, no. 3 (Fall 2005).

“Acknowledgments,” Comparative Literature, vol. 57, no. 3 (Summer 2005).

"The Liberated Woman," Narrative, vol. 13, no. 2 (May 2005).

“Making ‘the One’ Impossible,” Diacritics vol. 34, no. 1 (spring 2004).

“Precursor Critics and the Anxiety of Influence.” Profession 2003.

"Restoring Feminist Politics to Poststructuralist Critique," Feminist Studies, Vol. 27, no. 3 (Fall 2001).

"The Ethics of Reading: Close Encounters," Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Vol. 16, no. 3 (Fall 2000).

"Resisting Reasonableness," Critical Inquiry, vol. 25, no. 3 (Spring 1999).

"Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment," Art Issues 43 (Summer 1996).

"The Lecherous Professor: A Reading," differences 7, 2 (Summer 1995).

"'Women' in Spurs and Nineties Feminism," diacritics 25, 2 (Summer 1995).

"The Translation of Deconstruction," qui parle 8,1 (Fall/Winter 1994).

"The Teacher's Breasts," Discourse, Vol. 17, no 1 (Fall 1994).

"Sex and Sexism: Feminism and Harassment Policy," Academe, Vol. 80, no. 5 (Sept/Oct 1994).

"Knot a Love Story," Yale Journal of Criticism, Vol. 5, no. 3 (Fall 1992).

"A Tale of Two Jacques," Discourse, Vol. 14, no. 3 (Summer 1992).

"Heroic Images: Feminist Criticism, 1972," American Literary History, Vol. 1, no. 3 (1989).

"Thoughts in a Border State: Feminism and Literary Criticism," Hurricane Alice, Vol. 5, no. 3 (1988).

"The Problem of Definition," Genre, Vol. XX, no. 2 (1987).

"Het monster in de spiegel. De psychoanalyse van de feministische critica," Tijdschrift voor vrouwenstudies, Vol. 8, no. 1 (1987).

"Reading the Mother Tongue," Critical Inquiry, Vol. 13, no. 2 (1986).

"French Theory and the Seduction of Feminism," Paragraph, Vol. 8 (1986).

"Feminist Criticism and the Pleasure of the Text," North Dakota Quarterly, Vol. 54, no. 2 (1986). Dutch translation: "Feministiese kritiek en het plezier van de tekst," Tijdschrift voor vrouwenstudies, Vol. 7, no. 1 (1986).

"Annie Leclerc Writing a Letter with Vermeer," October 33 (1985).

"Beyond the Mirror," Wide Angle, Vol. 7, nos. 1-2 (1985).

"The Pleasure of the Phototext," Afterimage, Vol. 12, no. 2 (1985).

"Lacan and Literature: A Case for Transference," Poetics 13 (1984).

"Psychoanalytic Criticism: Some Intimate Questions," Art in America, Vol. 72, no. 10 (1984).

"Why Does Freud Giggle When the Women Leave the Room?", Hecate, Vol. X, no. 1 (1984).

"Beyond the Jouissance Principle," Representations 7 (1984).

"Quand nos levres s'ecrivent: Irigaray's Body Politic," Romanic Review, Vol. LIV, no. 1 (1983).

"Lacan's 'Mirror Stage': Where to Begin?", Sub-stance, 37-38 (1983).

"Nurse Freud: Class Struggle in the Family," Hecate, Vol. VIII, no. 1 (1982).

"The Difference Within," Critical Inquiry, Vol. 8, no. 4 (1982).

"The Immoral Teachers," Yale French Studies 63 (1982).

"Of Phallic Proportions: Lacanian Conceit," Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, Vol. 4, no. 2 (1981).

"Reading Friends' Corpses," MLN, Vol. 95, no. 4 (1980).

"Freud's Invisible Chiasmus," Visible Language, Vol. XIV, no. 3 (1980).

"Sade, Mothers, and Other Women," enclitic, Vol. IV, no. 2 (1980).

"Impertinent Questions: Irigaray, Lacan, Sade," Sub-Stance 26 (1980).

"Psychoanalysis in France," Women and Literature, Vol. 7, no. 1 (1979).

"The Seduction of an Analogy," Diacritics, Vol. 9, no. 1 (1979).

"B S," Visible Language, Vol. XI, no. 4 (1977).

"The Ladies' Man," Diacritics, Vol. 6, no. 4 (1976).

"The Ghost of Lacan, the Trace of Language," Diacritics, Vol. 5, no. 4 (1975).

"The Critics' Exchange," MLN, Vol. 89, no. 6 (1974).

Book Chapters:

"The Work of Writing" in Bammer and Joeres, eds., The Future of Scholarly Writing, Palgrave Macmillan (2015) pp. 29-39.

"Sade, les mères, et les autres femmes" (translated by Lucille Toth) in Sade et les Femmes Ailleurs et Autrement. eds Anne Coudreuse and Stéphanie Genand. (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2013).

"Knot a Love Story." Sexualities in Education: A Reader. eds. Erica R. Meiners and Therese Quinn. (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012).

"The Historicization of Literary Studies"The Limits of Literary Historicism. eds. Allen Dunn and Thomas Haddox. (Univ Tennessee Press, 2012).

"Sedgwick’s Twisted Temporalities, 'or even just reading and writing'" in Queer Times, Queer Becomings, eds. E.L. McCallum and Miko Tuhkanen (Suny Press, 2011).

“Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment ” in True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School, ed. Susan Gubar (Norton & Company, 2011).

“Observations of a Mother” in The M Word, ed. Chernick and Klein (Demeter Press, 2011).

“The Pleasure of the Phototext” in Photography Degree Zero (MIT Press, 2009).

“Reading Brennan” in, eds., Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan, ed. Jardine, Lundeen, and Oliver (SUNY Press, 2007).

“Econstructing Sisterhood” in Rhetorical Women, ed. Miller and Bridwell-Bowles (University of Alabama Press, 2005).

"Econstructing Sisterhood" in Time and the Literary, ed. Newman et al (Routledge, 2002).

"Resisting Reasonableness" in Postgraduate Research Supervision, eds. Bartlett and Mercer (Peter Lang, 2001).

“Resisting Reasonableness” in Conflict of Interest in the Professions, eds. Davis and Stark (Oxford, 2001).

"Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment (Excerpt)" in Feminist Consequences, eds. Bronfen and Kavka (Columbia, 2001).

"Consensual Amorous Relations" in The Social Worlds of Higher Education, eds. Pescosolido and Aminzade (Pine Forge, 1999).

"Knot a Love Story" in Psychoanalysis and Pedagogy, ed. Stephen Appel (Bergin and Garvey, 1999).

"'Women' in Spurs and Nineties Feminism" in Derrida and Feminism, ed. Rawlinson et al (Routledge, 1997).

"Sade, Mothers, and Other Women" in Sade and the Narrative of Transgression, eds. Allison et al (Cambridge, 1995).

"History Is Like Mother" in The New Historicism Reader, ed. H. Aram Veeser (Routledge, 1994).

"The Institutionalization of Feminist Criticism" in English Inside and Out: The Places of Literary Criticism, eds. Gubar and Kamholtz (Routledge, 1993).

"Juliet Mitchell and the Human Sciences" in Lacan and the Human Sciences, ed. Alexandre Leupin (University of Nebraska Press, 1991).

"Reading Lacan" in Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, eds. Ferguson et al (New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1990).

"Why Does Freud Giggle When the Women Leave the Room?" in Psychoanalysis and ..., eds. Feldstein and Sussman (Routledge, 1990).

"1975: 'French Feminism'" in A New History of French Literature, ed. Denis Hollier (Harvard University Press, 1989). French translation: "1975: Simone de Beauvoir et la lutte des femmes , soixante et unieme numero de l'Arc" in De la litterature francaise, ed. Denis Hollier (Bordas, 1993).

"The Monster in the Mirror: The Feminist Critic's Psychoanalysis" in Feminism and Psychoanalysis, eds. Feldstein and Roof (Cornell University Press, 1989).

"Moving Backwards or Forwards" in Between Feminism and Psychoanalysis, ed. Teresa Brennan (Routledge, 1989).

"The Father's Seduction" in Daughters and Fathers, eds. Boose and Flowers (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989).

"Reading the Mother Tongue" in The Trial(s) of Psychoanalysis, ed. Francoise Meltzer (University of Chicago Press, 1988).

"The American other" in The Purloined Poe, eds. Muller and Richardson (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988).

"French Theory and the Seduction of Feminism" in Men in Feminism, eds. Jardine and Smith (Methuen, 1987).

"Annie Leclerc Writing a Letter, with Vermeer" in The Poetics of Gender, ed. Nancy K. Miller (Columbia University Press, 1986).

"Keys to Dora" in In Dora's Case, eds. Bernheimer and Kahane (Columbia University Press, 1985).

"The Father's Seduction" in The (M)other Tongue, eds. Garner et al (Cornell University Press, 1985).

"The Mother Tongue" in The Politics of Theory, eds. Barker et al (University of Essex, 1983).

"The Difference Within" in Writing and Sexual Difference, ed. Elizabeth Abel (University of Chicago Press, 1982).

"Phallus/Penis: Same Difference" in Men by Women, Women and Literature (New Series, Vol. 2, Holmes and Meier, 1981).

"Snatches of Conversation" in Women and Language in Literature and Society, eds. McConnell-Ginet et al. (Praeger, 1980).

"Psychoanalysis and Feminism in France" in The Future of Difference, eds. Jardine and Eisenstein (G.K. Hall, 1980).

Printed Conversations:

"Loose Lips," with Lauren Berlant in Berlant and Duggan, eds., Our Monica, Ourselves (New York University Press, 2001).

"Talking Across," with Elizabeth Francis in Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue, ed. Looser and Kaplan (U of Minnesota Press, 1997).

"Criticizing Feminist Criticism," with Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K. Miller in Hirsch and Keller, eds., Conflicts in Feminism (New York: Routledge, 1990).

"Interview with Jane Gallop," Mark Lussier and Peggy McCormack, New Orleans Review, Vol. 13, no. 4 (1987).


Foreword to Jane Sexes it Up, ed. Merri Lisa Johnson (Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002).

Book Reviews:

Marianne Hirsch's "Family Frames" in Visual Resources

Catherine Clement's "Vies et legendes de Jacques Lacan" in Sub-stance

Ann Belford Ulanov's "Receiving Woman" in Union Seminary Quarterly Review

Michele Richman's "Reading Bataille" in Comparative Literature