Rice University

Department of English

Cary Wolfe

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Ph.D., Duke University
Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English
Director, 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory

Office: Herring Hall 324
Phone: 713-348-4582
Email: cewolfe@rice.edu

Cary Wolfe’s books and edited collections include Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (Chicago, 2003), the edited collections Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (Minnesota, 2003) and (with Branka Arsic) The Other Emerson (Minnesota, 2010), and, most recently, What Is Posthumanism? (Minnesota, 2010) and Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (Chicago, 2012). He has also participated in two recent multi-authored collections: Philosophy and Animal Life (Columbia, 2008), with philosophers Cora Diamond, Ian Hacking, Stanley Cavell, and John McDowell, and The Death of the Animal : A Dialogue (Columbia, 2009), with philosophers Paola Cavalierii, Peter Singer, Harlan Miller, Matthew Calarco, and novelist J. M. Coetzee. He is founding editor of the series Posthumanities at the University of Minnesota Press, which publishes six books per year by noted authors such as Donna Haraway, Roberto Esposito, Isabelle Stengers, Michel Serres, Vilem Flusser, and many others. He continues to publish widely in areas such as animal studies and posthumanism, systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, and American literature and culture, and he has written numerous pieces on art, music, architecture, and other kinds of non-literary culture. He is currently working on a book project to be called Wallace Stevens’ Birds: The Poetics of Extinction, and, as of July 2012, will be founding director of a new center at Rice devoted to theoretical study across the disciplines.