Alysia E. Garrison

Assistant Professor of English

I’m fascinated by the novel’s relationship to law, particularly as the performance of political sovereignty enters into crisis in the transatlantic world of tri-coastal revolution and radical enlightenment. But my interests are, more generally, about questions of surface and depth, as literature negotiates the secrets that condition the emergence of the public sphere.

004 Sanborn
HB 6032
B.A. Macalester College
Ph.D. University of California, Davis

Selected Publications

“Agamben’s Grammar of the Secret Under the Sign of the Law,” Law and Critique 20.3 (2009): 281-297.

“Faintly Struggling Things: Inscrutable Life in Beckett’s The Unnamable .” Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive . Ed. Séan Kennedy and Katherine Weiss. New York: Palgrave, 2009. 89-111.

“‘Distaining Bounds of Place and Time’: John Clare’s Nomadic Poetics.” Blackwell Literature Compass 3.3 (2006): 376-387.

“Hegel,” “Kojève,” “History,” “Common,” and “Derrida,” The Agamben Dictionary . Ed. Alex Murray and Jessica Whyte. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

Works in Progress

My first book project surveys cultural and conceptual media—in transatlantic canonical and popular texts, reports, travel narratives, epistolary fictions, and philosophical texts—to produce an extensive examination of secrecy and modernity in the novel in English. Current articles include chapters on the aesthetics of the oath in political theory, and on the eighteenth century Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth’s “quixotic realism.”