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Baudelaire, Balzac and the Heroism of Modern Life

Published onDec 19, 2023
Baudelaire, Balzac and the Heroism of Modern Life


Peter Brooks is Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus. He was the Founding Director of Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center (1981-91), and served again as Director from 1996-2001. He also chaired the Departments of Comparative Literature and of French. From 2003-2006, he was University Professor at the University of Virginia, and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities. Following his retirement from Yale in 2009, he taught at Princeton University, where he directed a seminar on “The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism” at the University Center for Human Values. His teaching and publication have been mainly on the novel (largely French and English) and the theory of narrative; on psychoanalysis in relation to literature; and on law and the humanities.

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