Peter Brooks

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar, Comparative Literature and University Center for Human Values
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339 Wallace Hall

Office Hours Spring 2018:  Spring Term Leave

Periods: Eighteenth century to present

Languages: English, French, Italian, (Latin)

Research Interests: Narrative, law, psychoanalysis, realism, modernism, French and English novel

Peter Brooks, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University, joined the Princeton University faculty in 2008 as Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar, in the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Comparative Literature. At Princeton he directs a project on “The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism,” which included the Symposium, “The Humanities in the Public Sphere,” held at Princeton in April 2012, the source of the recent book, edited with Hillary Jewett, The Humanities and Public Life (Fordham 2014).

He has published on narrative and narrative theory, on the 19th and 20th century novel, mainly French and English, and, more recently, on the interrelations of law and literature. He is the author of several books, including Enigmas of Identity, Henry James Goes to Paris, winner of the 2008 Christian Gauss Award, Realist Vision, Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature, Psychoanalysis and Storytelling, Body Work, Reading for the Plot, The Melodramatic Imagination. and The Novel of Worldliness. He is also the author of two novels, The Emperor’s Body (Norton, 2011) and World Elsewhere (Simon and Schuster,1999). He edited Balzac, The Human Comedy: Selected Stories (2014). He co-edited, with Paul Gewirtz, Law’s Stories (Yale, 1996) and, with Alex Woloch, Whose Freud? (Yale, 2000). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Comparative Literature and Yale Journal of Law & Humanities. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, London Review of Books, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Law Journal, and elsewhere. He has held Guggenheim, NEH, and ACLAs fellowships, and received the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Authored Books:

 Enigmas of Identity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

The Emperor’s Body (novel). New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.

Henry James Goes to Paris. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. (pb reprint 2008)

Realist Vision. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2005. (pb reprint 2008)

Troubling Confessions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. (pb reprint, 2001)

World Elsewhere (novel). New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Psychoanalysis and Storytelling. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1994.

Body Work. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993. (Korean translation, 2000; Chinese translation, 2005; Italian translation under contract.)

Reading for the Plot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984; reprint Vintage Books, 1985; reprint Harvard University Press, 1992. Trame (Italian translation) Torino: Einaudi, 1995; French translation in process.

The Melodramatic Imagination. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1976; reprint Columbia University Press, 1985; reprint, with a new introduction, Yale University Press, 1995. L'Immaginazione melodrammatica (Italian translation) Parma: Pratiche, 1984. (Japanese translation, 2002). L’Imagination mélodramatique (French translation) Classiques Garnier, 2011.

The Novel of Worldliness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969.

Edited Books:

The Humanities and Public Life (with Hilary Jewett). New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.

Balzac, The Human Comedy: Selected Tales, edited with an introduction (New York: New York Review of Books, 2014).

Anthologie du mélodrame classique (with Myriam Faten Sfar). Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2011.

Dominique Vivant Denon, No Tomorrow (Point de lendemain), trans, Lydia Davis, Introduction by Peter Brooks. New York: New York Review Books, 2009.

Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot, edited by Peter Brooks. New York: Signet Classics, 2004.

Whose Freud? The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture (with Alex Woloch). New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot, edited by Peter Brooks. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998.

Law's Stories (with Paul Gewirtz). New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

A New History of French Literature, under the General Editorship of Denis Hollier. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989.

"The Lesson of Paul de Man" (with Shoshana Felman and J. Hillis Miller) Yale French Studies No. 69 (1986).

Henry James, The Wings of the Dove, edited with an Introduction and Notes by Peter Brooks (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984).

Genet: A Collection of Critical Essays (with Joseph Halpern) Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1979.

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