- Commissioned research done on Henry James for The Age of Elegance: The Paintings of John Singer Sargent (London: Phaidon Press, 1996). UK. ISBN–10: 0714835447. ISBN–13: 978–0714835440.
- “Money, Temporality and Bio-Power in The Ambassadors”. Litteraria Pragensia 9.17 (1999): 1–25. (Journal published at the Centre for Comparative Studies, Charles University, Prague, and distributed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.) ISSN 0862–8424.
- Contributing author with Martin Procházka, with Justin Quinn and with Hana Ulmanová to Lectures on American Literature, Prague, Karolinum: Charles University Press, 2002. 313pp. The present scholar’s contribution homes in on Post War American prose fiction.ISBN 80–246–0358–6.
- “Folding St. Petersburg Communities: Spaces and Subjectivities” for a special issue on Image + Identity. Arcade: Architecture/Design in the Northwest 21.1. Seattle, Washington (Autumn, 2002): 28–29. USA.
- “Medicine, Money, Writing, Hermeneutics: James’s The Wings of the Dove”. Litteraria Pragensia 12.24 (2002): 48–64. Prague. ISSN 0862–8432.
- “Artistic Authority, Interpretation and Economic Power: Joyce’s Finnegans Wake”. Hypermedia Joyce Studies 4.1 (2003). ISSN 1801–1020.
- “Future Directions for Intercultural Studies as Education Globalizes: An American Scholar’s Perspective at Charles University, Prague”. Parallax: A Journal of International Perspectives 1.1 (Fall 2003): 67-73. Boston, USA. ISSN 1549–0645.
This piece formalizes certain dimensions of interdisciplinary teaching and research both within and outside Charles University, with particular reference to the present scholar’s attempts at inter-disciplinary pedagogical work at Charles in Prague.
- “New Pathways through Pynchon”. Pynchon Notes, issue 50–51 (copyright date 2004) 174–82. USA. The review article of American Postmodernity: Essays on the Recent Fiction of Thomas Pynchon, ed. Ian D. Copestake (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003) gives the survey of the book and builds on its multi-tiered insights from multiple contributors by fleshing out or even just suggesting other avenues for new lines of approach. ISSN 0278-1891.
- “Para-Baroque Conceptual Intersections and Interventions: Finnegans Wake, Gravity’s Rainbow and L’Écriture du désastre (The Writing of the Disaster)”. Hypermedia Joyce Studies, 5.2 (2005). This article probes the inter-linkages between three major works of twentieth-century prose to highlight their shared and hidden Baroque features. http://www.geocities.com/hypermedia_joyce/roraback2.html ISSN 1801-1020.
- “The Colors and the Spinozist Bodies of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura (The Adventure or The Fling, 1959)”. EREA 3.1 (Spring 2005): ix–xviii, Université de Provence. France. This interdisciplinary reading of Antonioni employs the writings of Deleuze and Spinoza to home in on the post modern body in a classic work of post-war European film; it constitutes a first version of a chapter in the present author’s cinema book. ISSN 1638–1718.
- “Interdisciplinarity and Gilles Deleuze’s Le pli: Leibniz et le baroque (The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque)”. Litteraria Pragensia 15.29 (2005) 39–47. Prague. This article analyzes an important late work of Deleuze and builds on its insights through the filter of Leibniz´s own texts. ISSN 0862–8424.
- “Circulating within Orson Welles’s Mr. Arkadin/Confidential Report for a Newly Armed Eye”. Theory and Practice in English Studies, Volume 4: Proceedings from the Eighth Conference of English, American and Canadian Studies. Brno: Masaryk University, 2005. 227-33. Brno. The article interrogates one of Welles´s most under-rated films as a way to reflect on the true nature of power and authority as they pertain to the act of the viewer´s moving within the cinematic frame; it forms one chapter in an incubating film book outlined below under “work in progress”. ISBN 80–210–3836–5.
- “Jean-Luc Nancy, Being-in-Common and the Absent Semantics of Myth”. Time Refigured: Myths, Foundation Texts & Imagined Communities, eds. Martin Procházka & Ondrej Pilný. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2005. 121–35. Prague. This chapter attempts to elucidate the chief contours of Jean-Luc Nancy´s ideas on community and myth, notions that fly in the face of canonical takes on these two dense topic areas. ISBN 80–7308–102–4.
- “Cracking from the Air—Modern and Postmodern Examples of the Baroque” a review article on Gregg Lambert’s The Return of the Baroque in Modern Culture (London: Continuum, 2004). EREA 3.2 (Autumn 2005), Univ. de Provence. France. This piece offers up a critique of and response to an important recent book in the field of modern and postmodern baroque studies; it informs the logic of development of the present scholar’s baroque project. //www.up-univ-mrs.fr/3_2/3_2Review/CR_Roraback.htm
The article was quoted in the 2007 Continuum Philosophy catalogue. ISSN 0862–8424.
- An article “Re-Framing Modernity; or, A Literary and Philosophical Baroque”. Parallax: A Journal of International Perspectives Centennial issue 4.1 (Fall 2006): 125–38. Boston, USA. ISSN 1549–0645.
- “Culture and a New Experience of Democracy” in EREA 4.2 (Autumn 2006), Université de Provence. France. This review-article on Thomas Docherty’s Aesthetic Democracy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006) offers up a critique of Docherty’s post-Immanuel Levinásian critique of the problem of contemporary aesthetics and political democracy. ISSN 1638–1718.
- A chapter number eight contribution on “Slavic Encounters: The Reception of Henry James in the Czech and Slovak Lands”. The Reception of Henry James in Europe, ed. Annick Duperray, series editor Elinor Schaffer, from The Athlone Critical Tradition Series,London/New York: Continuum Publishing Company, 2006. 124–38 and 324–27. UK/USA. This chapter traces the response to James’s work by scholars and readers in Bohemia, in Moravia, and in Slovakia, including the presence of such James scholars as F.O. Matthiesen who taught at the Charles English division in 1947, the Charles Ph.D. René Wellek who later exfluxed to Britain and to the United States, and to a very minor extent the present scholar’s own experiences teaching and lecturing on James (in 3 M.A.-level seminars, in 10 B.A.-level survey classes, and in 3 special lecture series components), and in publishing two articles on James at Prague: one on The Ambassadors and another on The Wings of the Dove. The piece received special recognition from the series editor, Dr. Elinor Schaffer, Fellow of the British Academy.
- “Dialectizing Subjectivity with Sartre and with Adorno”; a review article on David Sherman’s Sartre and Adorno: The Dialectics of Subjectivity (Albany: SUNY Press, 2007). EREA 5.2 (Autumn 2007), Univ. de Provence. France. In: E-REA. 2007, roc. 5, c. 2, www.up-univ.mrs.fr/e-rea/5_2_Reviews/sherman.htm. This piece of work gives an interpretive critique of and response to an important recent volume in the field of Sartre, Adorno and subjectivity studies; it also informs the logic of development of the present scholar’s unconscious modern baroque project. ISSN 1638–1718.
- “A Chiasmus of Baroque Forms of Existence, Community, and Spectrality: Benjamin–Debord”. Litteraria Pragensia 17.34 (2007) 101-18.
The article received special mention from a board that read the journal. ISSN 0862–8424.
- “Cosmic Auto-Poetic Self-Reference, Participation & Actuality: Citizen Kane (1941)”. Parallax: Journal of International Perspectives, Volume V, Number 1 (Fall 2008) (Boston) 17 pages-long; pp. 109-25. Anotace: This scholarly article (a subunit of the present scholar’s larger film project) engages systems theory, among other modelings, to throw light on Welles’s early-style magnum opus. ISSN 1549–0645.
- “A ‘Future First’ Silence; or, Welles’s Chimes at Midnight and Shakespeare”. Shakespeare: Between the Middle Ages and Modernism: From Translator’s Art to Academic Discourse. A Tribute to Professor Martin Hilský, OBE. Edited by Martin Procházka and Jan Cermák. Prague: Charles University, Faculty of Arts, 2008. 15 pages-long; pp. 166–80; book 267 pp. Anotace: This academic article engages and enlists the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, of Walter Benjamin and of Martin Heidegger in an attempt to throw new light on Orson Welles’s late-style Shakespeare film; it consitutes one text among several in a volume of essays that celebrates prof. Martin Hilský’s 65th Birthday; part of a maturing cinema volume by the present scholar.
- “Gothic Components and Gothic Globality of Balzac’s Early-Style Le Centenaire, ou, Les Deux Béringhelds (1822) [The Centenarian: or, The Two Beringhelds (trans. 2005)]” . Gothic N.E.W.S., Volume 1: Literature Edited by Max Duperray. Paris: Michel Houdiard Éditeur, 2009. pp. 202–18; book 348 pp.; the text grew out of a presentation given on 26 June at the International Gothic Association ‘Gothic N.E.W.S.’ conference held at Aix-en-Provence, France, 25–29 June 2007. Anotace: This contribution engages a largely unknown early Balzac piece of prose fiction Le Centenaire, ou, Les Deux Béringhelds (1822) [The Centenarian: or, The Two Beringhelds] and in so doing illumines some of the text’s gothic aspects and how these elements allow us ways of meditating on a fledgling globalization and globality in the early nineteenth century.
- “A Benjamin Monad of Guy Debord & W.D. Howells’s The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885); or, Individual & Collective Life & Status as Spectacle”. Profils américains, 21: William Dean Howells, ed. Guillaume Tanguy. Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2009. 28–pages-long; pp. 165–92; book 303 pp. Anotace: This article illuminates Howells’s early-style The Rise of Silas Lapham as an exemplary text of Walter Benjamin’s monad via its forceful blending of Benjamin’s corpus of texts and of the foregoing Howells-novel; Debord’s theories of the spectacle society and Benjamin’s fecund work on topic areas germane to The Rise of Silas Lapham (perhaps the first American novel about a business man, per se) are brought into relief to show how the literary history that Howells makes finds its sense in work by Benjamin and by Debord. The foregoing is the first book-length publication published on Howells in France. ISBN 978–2–84269–880–5.
- “Niklas Luhmann and Forms of the Baroque Modern; or, Structure, System and Contingency”. The Prague School and Theories of Structure: Interfacing Science, Literature, and the Humanities / ACUME 2,Vol. 1 Edited by Martin Procházka / Markéta Malá / Pavlína Šaldová (eds.). Goettingen: V&R unipress, 2010. pp. 363–78; book 469 pp. This contribution elucidates some main contours and baroque elements in Niklas Luhmann’s late twentieth-century systems theory and further than this, it comprises a component of the present author’s ongoing baroque project. ISBN 978–3–89971–704–4.
- “Heretical Capital: Walter Benjamin’s Cultic Status in Cultural and Theoretical History”. Piece originally presented at a colloquium on “Cult Fictions, Film and Happenings”, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 4–9/9 2005. Olomouc. Editor: Arbeit, Marcel, inter alia, The Moravian Journal of Literature and Film. no. 3 (Spring 2010), published by Filosofická Fakulta, Palacký University, Olomouc. The topic area of that issue is “Cult Fiction and Cult Film: European Perspectives”. Anotace: This article dishes up a critique of first-rate readings of Benjamin given by such cultural critics as Adorno, Arendt, Bersani, Jay, and Susan Buck-Morss, among others, in order to underscore Benjamin’s radically cultic function today; the foregoing also informs the present author’s gestating baroque tome.
- A chapter “The Social and the Negative: F.W. Murnau’s Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh, 1924) and Walter Benjamin’s ‘Angelus Novus’ ” as part of a book in honor of prof. Peter Demetz’s (Yale University) 85th Birthday from a conference on “The Landscape without Qualities: Literature and Central Europe” at the Dept of Czech and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University-Prague, & at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 23–25 October 2007. Krajina bez vlastností: Literatura a Střední Evropa / Landschaft ohne Eigenschaften: Literatur und Mitteleuropa. Peteru Demetzovi k 85. Narozeninám / Festschrift für Peter Demetz zum 85. Geburtstag. Petr A. Bílek, Tomáš Dimter (eds.). Aktion, Praha, 2007/2010, pp. 247–63. 344pp. This scholarly article formalizes the question of the social and of the unthought in connection to F.W. Murnau’s film Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh, 1924) and to Walter Benjamin’s demonic angel of history.
- Author of a chapter in an academic book: “A Multiplicity of Folds of an Unconscious ‘Crystal’ Monad: James, Benjamin, and Blanchot”. Supplemental online chapter S 68–77. Henry James’s Europe: Heritage and Transfer. Dennis Tredy, Annick Duperray and Adrian Harding, eds. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2011. 294 + S 92pp. ISBN 978–906924–36–2. This chapter outlines a constellation, a monad combining and so linking the aesthetic capacities, propensities and achievements of the cultural work and conceptual personae of Henry James, of Walter Benjamin, and of Maurice Blanchot.
Author of a feature essay in a literary-cultural journal: “Nejsvětější svátosti v americké próze Nad Thomasem Pynchonem” / “Among the Holy of Holies of Prose Fiction in U.S. English; or, on Thomas Ruggles Pynchon” A2, Thomas Pynchon & Literární Paranoia, 7.21, 12.10.2011, 22–23. Z anglického original přeložila Anna Vondřichová. English original at http://www.advojka.cz/archiv/2011/21/amongthe-holy-of-holies-of prose-fiction-in-u-s-english-or-on-t This article illuminates some distinguishing characteristics of Thomas Pynchon’s narrative work in order to show that it is the special aesthetic space that he creates that from one critical angle of vision truly matters in his aesthetic universe.
- Introduction, Aftermath, 1970-2000, the sections on Thomas Pynchon, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace, and Lydia Davis, part of the section on Ralph Ellison. In: Lectures on American Literature, Third Edition. Editor: Justin Quinn. Prague: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, 2011. Pp. 277–80, miscellaneous from pp. 257–58 and 298–305. An introduction on post 1970 United States literary and cultural history written for a coursebook.
- A book chapter “The Dialectic of Adorno-Jameson, Deleuze-Guattari, U.S. Cultural Modernity, Utopias of ‘Becoming’, & After” printed in Prague in a translational treatment into Czech by Linda Petříková and by Tereza Stejskalová as “Adornova-Jamesonova dialektika, Deleuze-Guattari, kulturní modernita USA, utopie “dění” a poté”. Moderní svět v zrcadle literatury a filosofie Ed. Miroslav Petříček Praha: Herrmann & synové/Univerzita Karlova, 2011, pp. 180–191, 288 pp. ISBN ISBN 978–80–87054–28–4. This article essays to profile some major contours of the understanding of US-American culture and of its utopian and anti-utopian configurations vis-a-vis Theodor W. Adorno and to a lesser extent more abstractly on the lattermost conceptual categories more than on the United States per se from Fredric Jameson, from Gilles Deleuze and from Félix Guattari.
- A book chapter on “A Gateway to a Baroque Rhetoric of Jacques Lacan & Niklas Luhmann”. In: Prague English Studies and the Transformation of Philologies Volume Eds. Martin Procházka, Ondřej Pilný. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze/Charles University in Prague, 2012, pp. 166–83, ISBN: 978–80–246–2156–2. This chapter articulates the ideological content and the rhetorical nature (including the baroque aspects) of selected works by the French psychoanalytic thinker Jacques Lacan (1901–81) and the German systems theorist Niklas Luhmann (1927–98) and, where applicable, the mediatory roles of the Prague philosopher Ladislav Rieger (1890–1958), of Edmund Husserl (1859–1938), who lectured to the members of the Prague Philosophical Circle in 1935, and of the founding member of the Circle and the first Professor of English Language and Literature at Charles University, Vilém Mathesius (1882–1945).
- An entry on “Fassbinder, Rainer Werner” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 8. Eds. Allison, Jr., Dale C. / Helmer, Christine / Seow, Choon-Leong / Spieckermann, Hermann / Walfish, Barry Dov / Ziolkowski, Eric. Berlin: De Gruyter Press, 2013, 1200 columns, columns 901-903, ISBN: 978–3–11–018376–4.
- “The Dialectical Legacies of Jacques Derrida’s Glas.” In: Tis to Create and in Creating Live: Essays in Honour of Martin Procházka. Eds. Ondřej Pilný and Mirka Horová. Prague: Karolinum Press, 2013, 327 pp., pp. 228–237, ISBN: 978–80–7308–445–5.
- “Slavic Encounters: The Reception of Henry James in the Czech and Slovak Lands“. In: The Reception of Henry James in Europe The Athlone Critical Traditions Series: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe Editor: Duperray, Annick, Series Editor Schaffer, Elinor. London/New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, 381 pp. ISBN 978–1–4725–3593–1, pp. 124–138 and 325–328. UK/USA. Paperback edition. First published in 2006 by the Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. This second and updated version of an already published scholarly chapter traces the response to James’s work by scholars and readers in Bohemia, in Moravia, and in Slovakia, including the presence of such James scholars as F.O. Matthiesen who taught at the Charles English division in 1947, the Charles Ph.D. René Wellek who later lived in Britain and settled permanently in the United States, and to a very minor extent the present scholar’s own experiences teaching, lecturing, and publishing two articles on James in Prague. The text received special recognition from the series editor, Dr. Elinor Schaffer, Fellow of the British Academy.
“An Aesthetic & Ethical Revolutionary on the U.S.-American Road: Theodor W. Adorno in Los Angeles & in New York, 1938–53”. In: A View from Elsewhere. Editors: Arbeit, Marcel & Trušník. Olomouc: Palacký University, 2014, 247 pp. ISBN 978–80–244–4396-6, pp. 59–84. Czech Republic. First edition. This scholarly text outlines some of the basic coordinates of Theodor W. Adorno’s time spent living and working in the United States in the period of time from 1938–1953. It evaluates both Adorno’s cultural output and the nature of the reception of his intellectual work while in the US, and the formative influence his American experience had on his last years as a cultural producer in Germany from 1954–1969.
- “Emancipating Forms Of Death With Polanyi And Leibniz” appeared as Chapter Eleven pp. 267–94 in a volume entitled, Death And Anti-Death, Volume 14: Four Decades After Michael Polanyi, Three Centuries After G. W. Leibniz, ed. Charles Tandy. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ria University Press, 25 December 2016, 358 pp. Hardback ISBN: 978–1–934297–25–4; Softback ISBN: 978–1–934297–26–1. This opportunity for publication was received as an invitation addressed specifically to me in April 2016. This chapter demonstrates that G.W. Leibniz and Michal Polanyi’s creative work in multiple fields of attention may serve a twenty-first century in need of scholars willing to put daring and speculative imaginative inter-disciplinary risks in play. Such a cultural development would activate a general and cross-cultural sensibility that may salvage knowledge work, which is often predicated on property and power, for instead intellectual work that would serve the production of multiple truths that may enliven the world and inspire it.
- “This is Money & Power; or Thinking Materialism with James & Balzac” pp. 347–64 in a paperback volume sold in bookstores for 23 Euros, Argent, pouvoir et représentations (Money, Power and Representations), sous la direction de (Eds.) Eliane Elmaleh, Pierre Guerlain, Raphaël Ricaud. Paris: Presses universitaires de Paris Nanterre, 2017, 403 pp. ISBN: 978–2–84016–259–9. This article presents a theory of radical materialism and of money capital found in selected writings by Henry James and in Honoré de Balzac’s novel work, Eugénie Grandet. The theory argued for here presents an understanding of materialism and of capital that would be most radical when predicated on something that builds on the life-asserting notions of ‘un-power’ or ‘non-power’, so that in their most significant and substantial form, materialism and capital are about assuming their own symbolic non-existences or basis in nothing. As such, writings by James and Balzac give us the creative opportunity to think afresh the category of wealth and of how it may be redefined in a new understanding of its form and content for the twenty first century.
- “Pondering Along With Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature Across Continents (2016)”, a journal article in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (Penn State University Press), Vol. 20, No. 2, SPECIAL ISSUE: Thinking Literature across Continents (2018), pp. 151–168. Written for a special number on a new book by Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller, Thinking Literature across Continents (Duke University Press, 2016). The issue features 6 invited essay articles from Ghosh and Miller as well as an introduction. ISSN 15248429.
- A contribution “The Anti-Modern James, Balzac, & Barthes” to appear as Chapter 13 in a book Reading Henry James in the 21st Century: Heritage and Transmission (2019) from Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK) that grows out of a conference “Reading James in the Twenty-First Century: Heritage and Transmission”, The American University of Paris, 20–22 x 2016. Further details TBA.
Visiting Fellowship Lecture
"On Community and the Creative Life'’, 13 February 2019, 4–530 ...
13 April 2018 Invited Speaker, “Languages and Forms of Capital in Balzac and James”, at a conference “Balzac et L’Angleterre” / “Balzac and England”, Maison Française d’Oxford, 12-14 April 2018. Invited by dr. Tim Farrant (Fellow and Reader in French) Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Gave a paper as an Invited Speaker on “Languages and Forms ...
1 April 2017 Symposium Talk, “Hegel, Shakespeare, and Forms of the World Spirit”, One-Day Event on “Shakespeare and Hegel”, Garrick’s Temple, Hampton, London, UK
TEMPLE SHAKESPEARE AND HEGEL
KINGSTON SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR
AT GARRICK’S TEMPLE
SATURDAY APRIL ...
18 February 2017 Plenary Talk, 1030-1130, ‘‘An Anachronistic Figure of Redemption: Modernity, Rhetoric, and Self-Identity of Shakespeare’s ‘King Richard II’”, conference theme: “Shakespearean Anachronism”, Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, UK