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Michael Krimper

Part-time Faculty

B.A., French and Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University, 2018


Michael Krimper earned his PhD in Comparative Literature at NYU in 2018. He specializes in 20th-21st century Francophone, Anglophone, and comparative literature, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of aesthetics and politics in transatlantic modernisms. He is currently finishing a book that examines how work becomes a problem across a wide array of literature, visual art, and philosophy throughout the twentieth century. His articles, reviews, and translations have been published or are forthcoming in New Literary History, SubStance, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Journal of Italian Philosophy, among other venues.


His research has been supported by a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, a Georges Lurcy Fellowship, and a Remarque Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the ƒcole normale supérieure in Paris. At NYU, he has also taught in the Department of French and Liberal Studies, and not so long ago worked as a music journalist in California.


Teaching and Research Interests

20th-21st century Francophone  Anglophone  and comparative literature; transatlantic modernisms; narrative and the novel; critical theory; diaspora and exile studies; black studies; translation. 

Recent News


Michale Krimper published “Beckett Ongoing and the Novel” in the Winter 2020 edition of New Literary History.

Krimper published “Senses of Relations: ‘Literary Communism,’ Democracy, and the Common” in a special issue on Jean-Luc Nancy for Parallax.

Krimper published a translation of Giorgio Agamben's essay “Bataille and the Paradox of Sovereignty,” accompanied by a foreword, in a special issue on the aesthetics and politics of inoperativity for the December 2020 issue of Journal of Italian Philosophy.


Michael Krimper organized the seminar “Arts of Inoperativity” with John Paul Ricco (University of Toronto) at the annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association held on April 8-11, 2021. At the seminar, Krimper also gave a talk entitled “The Poetics and Politics of Dis-enclosure: Nancy, Mbembe.”  

Michael Krimper