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Robert Lehman

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Robert Lehman

Assistant Professor

B.A., Oberlin College
M.A., University of Florida; M.A.
Ph.D., Cornell University

Stokes Hall S411
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Academic Profile

Specializes in British and American Modernism, Continental Philosophy, and Visual Culture. He is currently completing a book on modernism’s critique of historical reason.

Book Project

The Impossibility of Being Modern: Time, Tradition, and Event in Modernist Literature and Philosophy



  • “The Persistence of the Aesthetic.” Frakcija: Performing Arts Magazine (forthcoming 2012).
  • “Abstract Pleasures: Romanticism and Finitism in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens.” Modern Philology (forthcoming 2012).
  • “Between the Science of the Sensible and the Philosophy of Art: Finitude in Alain Badiou’s Inaesthetics.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 15.2 (Summer 2010): 171-185.
  • “Finite States: Toward a Kantian Theory of the Event.” diacritics 39.1 (Spring 2009): 61-74.
  • “Eliot’s Last Laugh: The Dissolution of Satire in The Waste Land.” Journal of Modern Literature 32.2 (Winter 2009): 65-79.
  • “Allegories of Rending: Killing Time with Walter Benjamin.” New Literary History 39.2 (Spring 2008): 233-250.


  • Review of Lecia Rosenthal, Mourning Modernism: Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011). Modernist Cultures 7.1 (May 2012): 139-144.
  • “Infinite Conversation.” Review of Peter E. Gordon, Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010). Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts. 53.1 (Winter 2011): 152-157.
  • “Toward a Speculative Realism.” Review of Quentin Meillassoux, Après la finitude: Essai sur la nécessité de la contingence. (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 2006). Theory & Event 11.1 (2008).