DAVID WILLS, Professor, Doctorat du Troisième Cycle, Université de Paris III.
David Wills specializes in modernist literature as well as film theory and comparative literature.
His major ideas are developed in Prosthesis (Stanford, 1995), and subsequently in Dorsality (Minnesota, 2008), where he argues that the animal, or specifically human body should be understood as a prosthetic articulation of "natural" and "artificial"; and that our conception of the human as intact natural entity that subsequently comes into contact with inanimate forms of technology does not account for the prosthetic relations that govern the ways we in fact operate in the world.
The forthcoming Inanimation expands those ideas via interpretations of the "artificial life" that function in cases such as autobiography and poetic writing, as well as music, love and war. He is currently developing further work on sound, and a series of essays on the death penalty.
Other published work includes two co-authored volumes (Screen/Play, with Peter Brunette, 1989, and Writing Pynchon, with Alec McHoul, 1990), a co-edited book entitled Deconstruction and the Visual Arts (with Peter Brunette, 1994), and an edited volume on Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (2000). He has published some 65 book chapters and journal articles.
Wills is also a translator (The Gift of Death, Right of Inspection, Counterpath, and The Animal That Therefore I Am) and interpreter (Matchbook, Stanford, 2005) of the work of Jacques Derrida. He is a member of the Derrida Seminars Translation Project and an International Fellow of the London Graduate School.
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