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World TravelerDirector of American Literature and Cultural-Studies; Senior Lecturer in American Literature & Cultural-Studies and in the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory/Inter-cultural Studies. Erik Sherman Roraback was born in Seattle, USA, and teaches critical theory (from Spinoza-Leibniz to Benjamin-Adorno to Bataille-Blanchot and after as well as classes on commodity culture/experience and on the philosophical baroque), international cinema (Griffith, Keaton, German Expressionism, Italian neo-realism, American Film Noir, French New Wave, Das Neue Kino, American Neo-Noir, etc.), James, Shakespeare-Orson Welles, Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Pynchon, and U.S. literature in Charles University (est. 1348) and in FAMU (The Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV School) at Prague. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford (D.Phil.: thesis readers Terry Eagleton, Oxford and Maud Ellmann, Cambridge) where he first taught, and from Pomona College (B.A., cum laude in English), and has been Visiting Professor in the Université de Provence (2005). He also currently holds a University Visiting Research Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester whose term of appointment will run from December 2014 to December 2019.

As a visiting D.Phil. student, he also studied for six months in the E.N.S. and attended the 1995 Seminar of Jacques Derrida in the E.H.E.S.S at Paris on a French government grant, and spent one academic year in the University of Western Australia on a Rotary Foundation Graduate Ambassadorial Scholarship. Erik Roraback has given seventy conference papers or invited lectures in Europe (e.g., Aix-en-Provence, Brno, Budapest, Constance, Cork, Dublin, Freiburg, Helsinki, London, Nicosia, Olomouc, Oxford, Paris, Szeged, Tours, Trieste, & Vienna), in the Middle East (Tel Aviv), in Russia (Moscow & St. Petersburg), or in the United States (e.g., Evergreen State College-Olympia, K-State-Manhattan, Newport, & UC-Boulder), has thirty-five articles or book chapters published or forthcoming in Europe (Czech Republic, France, Germany, UK) and in the U.S. (Continuum Publishing Company, Pynchon Notes,, etc.), and has published a 320 pp. book, The Dialectics of Late Capital and Power: James, Balzac and Critical Theory (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2007). He is currently working on three dialectically & dynamically developing book length projects, including one on capitalist modernity & the philosophical baroque, another on community and the creative life, and a third on movement in international cinema.