John Paul Ricco


Professor of Comparative Literature and Art History and Visual Culture
Affiliation
PhD

RiccoContact Information

Email: john.ricco@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416 813 4043
Office: #311, third floor, 93 Charles St. West

 

Research Interests

Areas & Fields

  • Queer Theory
  • 20th-century French Philosophy
  • The work of Jean-Luc Nancy, Roland Barthes, Giorgio Agamben, Leo Bersani, and William Haver
  • Contemporary Art and Film
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres
  • Sex and Pornography in Contemporary Fiction

Topics & Questions

  • Ethics & Aesthetics
  • Intimacy
  • Anonymity and the Commons
  • Loss and Disappearance
  • AIDS and Queer Politics
  • Extinction and the collective afterlife of things
  • The Deconstruction of Christianity

Graduate Seminars Taught

  • Retreating the Aesthetic: Jean-Luc Nancy
  • Late Barthes: Photography, Neutral, Mourning
  • Queer Ethics and Aesthetics

Books

  • The Decision Between Us: art and ethics in the time of scenes (Chicago, 2014).
  • The Logic of the Lure (Chicago, 2003).
  • The Intimacy of the Outside (in progress).
  • The Collective Afterlife of Things (in progress).

Recent Articles have appeared in: The New Centennial Review, Qui Parle, Parallax, Journal of Visual Culture, World Picture, Open Set, Culture Machine, Keep It Dirty, and Feedback.

Recent Essays have been included in the edited collections: Nancy and the Political; W.J.T. Mitchell’s Image Theory; and Art and the Anthropocene.

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