My academic training is in modern languages, literary theory and Continental philosophy (Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 1993). While my early focus was on Husserl, Heidegger and post-War French phenomenology, I have more recently expanded my interests to include semiotics, the philosophy of language, aesthetics and political theory. My published books on modernism adopt philosophical frames for discussing twentieth-century literature. Among the figures who have concerned me the most in recent years are Theodor Adorno, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas.