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Gabriel Riera, PhD

Associate Professor

Hispanic and Italian Studies


Building & Room:

1718 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3238

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Major Interests
Twentieth-century Literature, Literary Theory, Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature, Southern Cone Literature

Selected Publications


  • Intrigues: From Being to the Other (New York: Fordham University Press, 2006).
  • Littoral of the Letter: Saer’s Art of Narration (Lewisburg/London: Bucknell University Press, 2006).
  • Alain Badiou: Philosophy and its Conditions (Albany: SUNY Press, 2005).


  • “Tres Tesis sobre la Novela Contemporánea”, forthcoming.
  • “Por un ‘comunismo’ de la no-equivalencia: pensar lo común con Jean-Luc Nancy”, in Debates Actuales de la Teoría Política Contemporánea, Seidel, Matías (Ed.), forthcoming.
  • “The Question of Art in Badiou and Hegel”, in Calcagno, Antonio and James Vernon (Eds.) Hegel and Badiou, London: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • For a “True Life”: a Few Remarks on Politics as One of Philosophy’s Condition”, in Politics and Culture, Pendakis, Andrew (Ed.) Special issue on Alain Badiou and Politics, 2014.
  • “Pour un matérialisme de l’exception: sur Badiou.” Nessie, n01, June-August, 2009.
  • “The Ethics of Truth: The Fate of Ethical Criticism in the Wake of Badiou’s Philosophy,” in “Ethics and the Inventive Work,” a special issue of Sub-Stance: a Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, forthcoming 2009.
  • “Living with an Idea: Ethics and Politics in Badiou Logiques des Mondes,” Symposium: The Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy, Special issue on Alain Badiou, 13:1, (78-83), Spring 2008.
  • “Fidelity and the Law: Politics and Ethics In Badiou’s Logiques des Mondes,” Special Issue: Badiou: Law and the Event,” The Cardozo Law Review, 29: 5, 100-114, 2008.
  • “On After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency, by Quentin Meillasoux, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, October 2008.
  • On Badiou and Derrida: Politics, Events and Their Time, by Antonio Calcagno,” in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May 2008.
  • “Reading The Otherwise: Faced To The Impossible Real”, in Reading Otherwise: The Ethics of Latin American Literary Criticism, Erin Graff Zivin (Ed.) (New York: Palgrave). Forthcoming.
  • “Intrigue: l’épreuve du temps chez Blanchot,” in A. Coors (Ed.), L’Epreuve du temps dans l’écriture de Maurice Blanchot (Paris: édition Complicités, 2006).
  • “’Regia victoria’ o más acá del fantasma (Encuentros con lo real en La pesquisa),” Revista Iberoamericana, 215-216: (2006), 415-432.
  • “’The One Does Not Exist’: Borges and Modernity’s Predicament,” Romance Studies, 24.1 (March 2006).
  • “Repetición, libro y anti-Libro: reflecciones sobre la intertextualidad en Borges,” Variaciones Borges: Journal of Philosophy, Semiotics and Literature, 20 (2005).
  • “Alain Badiou: The Event of Thinking,” in Gabriel Riera (Ed.), Alain Badiou: Philosophy and its Conditions (Albany: SUNY Press, 2005), 1-20.
  • “For an Ethics of Mystery: Philosophy and the Poem,” in Gabriel Riera (Ed.), Alain Badiou: Philosophy and its Conditions (Albany: SUNY Press, 2005), 61-86.
  • “Juan José Saer,” in Bill Marshall (Ed.), France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, History(Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2005).
  • “Poetic Language: Between Allusion and Commentary (Ingratitude, or Blanchot in Lévinas II),” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 9: 3, (2004): 121-135.
  • “The Possibility of the Poetic Said in Otherwise than Being (Allusion, or Blanchot in Lévinas I),” Diacritics, 34: 2, (2004), 14-36.
  • “Fidelidad al acontecimiento: Memoria, trauma y narración en Saer,” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, 57: 91-106 (2003).
  • Don du poème: Alain Badiou After the ‘Age of Poets’,” (a): The Journal of Culture and the Unconscious 1, (2000).
  • “Abyssal Grounds: Lacan and Heidegger on Truth,” qui parle? IX: 2, Spring/Summer, 51-76 (1996).
  • “La ficción de Saer: ¿una antropología especulativa? (Una lectura de El entenado),” MLN111: 2, 368-90 (1986).


PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine