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Robert James Harvey, French language educator, researcher. Recipient Rsc. Development summer stipend, 1989, Provost's award for teaching and curriculum development, 1990, 95, 96, President's and Chancellor's award for excellence in teaching, 1996; Regents fellow University California, 1993; French Government scholar French Ministry Foreign Affairs, 1984.


Harvey, Robert James was born on January 13, 1951 in Oakland, California, United States. Son of James Orien and Cherrill Marion (Pingree) Harvey.


Bachelor in French,, University California, Berkeley, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in French, University California, Berkeley, 1988. Master of Arts in French, San Fransisco State University, 1975.

Habilitation, University Paris 8, 2001.


He is Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he teaches comparative literature, literatures written in French, philosophy, and theory. His research and publications are mostly concerned with the interpenetrations of literary and philosophical discourses. He has written on Samuel Beckett, Primo Levi, Jean-François Lyotard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, Marcel Duchamp and Michel Deguy and has translated Lyotard, Deguy, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricœur, and other French thinkers.

His most recent books are De l’exception à la règle (on USA PATRIOT Act) and Les Écrits de Marguerite Duras (Éditions de l’Imec, 2009), and Witnessness: Beckett, Levi, Dante and the Foundations of Ethics (Continuum, 2010). Harvey is one of several scholars who prepared the Pléiade edition of the complete works of Marguerite Duras (volumes I and II were published in October 2011 and volumes III and IV in May 2014). Harvey was chair of the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook from 2002 until 2015 and was a Program Director at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, from 2001 until 2007.

Harvey completed his B.A in French Literature at the University of California, Berkeley in 1972, and an M.A. at San Francisco State University in 1975. He returned to academia (University of California, Berkeley) in 1980 and completed his doctoral dissertation on Jean-Paul Sartre in 1988. During that period he also studied at the École Normale Supérieure and the Université de Paris VII (Jussieu).

Harvey obtained an Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR) degree in 2001 with a thesis entitled "Les Styles de l'éthique". (2014) Marguerite Duras, Œuvres complètes (dir Gilles Philippe). Paris: Gallimard (Bibliothèque de la Pléiade), v.

3. (2011) Marguerite Duras, Œuvres complètes (dir Gilles Philippe). Paris: Gallimard (Bibliothèque de la Pléiade), vv. 1-2. (2004) Politique et filiation (with E Ann Kaplan and François Noudelmann)(2003) Queer: Repenser les identités / Rue Descartes 40 (with Pascal Le Brun-Cordier).

Paris: PUF(2002) Marguerite Duras: la tentation du poétique (with Bernard Alazet and Christiane Blot-Labarrère). Paris:(2001) Jean-François Lyotard: Time and Judgment Yale French Studies 99 (with Lawrence R Schehr). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press(2001) Joyous Wakes, Dignified Deaths: Reflections on Death and Dignity.

Stony Brook: The Humanities Institute (Occasional Papers, 2)(2000) Afterwords: Essays in Memory of Jean-François Lyotard. Stony Brook: The Humanities Institute (Occasional Papers, 1).



United Nations representative New York, Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l'Amitie entre les Peuples, Paris, since 1989. Fellow Ecole Normale Superieure. Member Modern Language Association, Association des Amis de Pontigny-Cerisy, Canada Society Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, International Association Philosophy and Literature, Teachers for a Democratic Culture.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bicyling, swimming, chess.


Married Hélène Volat. Children: Jane Clare, Ruth Patricia.

James Orien Harvey

Cherrill Marion (Pingree) Harvey

Hélène Volat

Jane Clare Harvey

Ruth Patricia Harvey