Andrew N. Rubin




Andrew Rubin, Georgetotown, tenure
Andrew Rubin, Archives of Authority, Georgetown, tenure


Andrew Rubin, Edward Said, the Edward Said Reader. moustafa Bayoumi
Andrew Rubin, Archives of Authority, Georgetown, tenure


ANDREW N. RUBIN is the author most recently Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War, published by Princeton University Press in 2012, and has co-edited the collected works of Edward Said (The Edward Said Reader, which the Scotsman declared "deserves the widest possible readership in the English speaking world").  As a companion to this critical edition, he shortly thereafter co-edited Adorno: A Critical Reader (2002), which was among of the first collections to introduce broadly Adorno’s writings on music, philosophy, culture, literature, and sociology, a great deal of which had remained poorly inadequately translated, to the English-speaking world in 2002.  In 2002 he received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University under the supervision of Edward Said. That same year he was hired by the Department of English at Georgetown University where he taught until 2013 as Assistant Professor and received the prestigious Lafferty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.  (The unusual length of time in the rank of Assistant Professor was due to an extended medical leave and accommodation following a major injury, which is now resolved).   In spite of this interruption to his career and scholarship, Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture and the Cold War was shortly thereafter published in a leading series in Comparative Literature at Princeton University Press. The following year, in 2013, he was awarded a two year fellowship from the Lannan Foundation for the book’s defense of cultural freedom.  In a review of the book, the Harvard-historian Kristen Weld observed that, “Rubin’s critique of cultural instrumentality….speaks to the stakes of intellectual inquiry, reminding us that in exposing the process by which an unjust world is made, we arm ourselves with the tools to build a different one.”

Rubin’s work and teaching is transdisciplinary, and brings together the fields of Postcolonial Studies, Critical Theory, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Anglophone Literature, History, Philology, Philosophy, and Politics.  He  not only has written extensively on voluminous work of Edward Said and the dense writing of Adorno, but also on Erich Auerbach, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, and George Orwell. He has taught inter-disciplinary courses at all levels of the curriculum in the Humanities—on Transnational Modernism, Eco-Criticism, Critical Theory, Literary theory, as well as courses on Joseph Conrad and George Orwell, about whom he has published major articles in peer-reviewed journals and book.  Most recently he guested edited a special issue on world literature for Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, the first bilingual journal published in both English and Arabic to address problems of that category from the perspectives of Arab literary critics and the contemporary Arabic novel. His writing has appeared in journals and magazines such as The South Atlantic Quarterly, History of the Present, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, The New Statesman, and The NationThe Selected Works of Edward Said, which he is currently co-edited with Moustafa Bayoumi, is forthcoming from Vintage and will be published on the fortieth anniversary of Orientalism in 2018.  He has lectured widely, and his scholarship has been translated in Chinese and written about both nationally and internationally. He is on the editorial board of Alif,  and continues to give talks and write.

He is currently researching and writing a manuscript entitled, America’s Last Taboo: Orientalism, anti-Semitism, and the Question of Europe, which brings together the work of Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, Erich Auerbach, and Edward Said not only to challenge the cultural forces that have kept their postwar experiences of dislocation in the United States almost entirely historically closed off from each other, but also to examine the ways that Europe—“the Question of Europe”—continues to conceal the shared European origins of modern anti-Semitism and Orientalism in the philological discovery and subsequent study of the secular histories of human languages. Challenging the conventions that have shaped the study of Orientalism, anti-Semitism, and secular criticism, the manuscript examines how the interpretation of Auerbach, Arendt, Said, and Adorno, as an ensemble, allows us to create new maps for understanding their shared, discrepant experiences as well as the formidable structures of domination that continue define the crisis of modernity.

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