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Professor Denise Riley

Denise Riley is currently A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, USA, and was until recently Professor of Literature with Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.

Her writing is concerned with the immediate emotionality of language, and has included investigations in the philosophy of language, in social philosophy, and the nature of self-description and irony.

Her main books are:

  • War in the Nursery: Theories of the Child and Mother [1983]
  • ‘Am I that Name?’ Feminism and the Category of Women in History [1988]
  • The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony [2000]
  • The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle [2004]
  • Impersonal Passion: Language As Affect [2005].

She has also published many collections of poetry, including Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Douglas Oliver and Ian Sinclair, [1996], and Denise Riley: Selected Poems [2000] and she edited Poets on Writing; Britain 1970-1991[1992] and co-edited The Language, Discourse, Society Reader [2004].

She was formerly Writer in Residence at the Tate Gallery, London, and continues her connection with the London Consortium. Her teaching has included European modernism and art movements, European philosophy and intellectual history, and poetry and poetics. She has also taught on the history and philosophy of stoicism.

Her recent work studies philosophies of self-presence, the neurophenomenology of self-awareness, and the history of understandings of inner speech and how these enter into our ideas of what’s interior and what’s outside.

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