Sarah Kofman

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Sarah Kofman (1934–1994) was a French philosopher, born in Paris.

Kofman began her teaching career in Toulouse in 1960, and worked with both Jean Hyppolite and Gilles Deleuze. Her primary thesis, later published as Nietzsche et la métaphore, was supervised by Deleuze. In 1969 she met Jacques Derrida and began attending his seminars at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Kofman did not receive tenure until 1991, when she was appointed to a chair at the Sorbonne.

Kofman was the author of numerous books, including several on Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Her book, L'énigme de la femme: La femme dans les textes de Freud (1980), is perhaps the most thorough consideration of Freud's ideas concerning female sexuality.

Works[edit]

(in French unless noted otherwise)

  • L'enfance de l'art. Une interprétation de l'esthétique freudienne, Paris: Payot, 1970.
    • The Childhood of Art: An Interpretation of Freud's Aesthetics, Columbia University Press, 1988, 239 pp. (English) Review: Korda (1988).
  • Nietzsche et la métaphore, Paris: Payot, 1972; 2nd ed., rev., Paris: Galilée, 1983; 3rd ed., rev. & augm., 1985.
    • Nietzsche and Metaphor, Stanford University Press, 1994, ARG, DJVU. (English)
    • Nietzsche und die Metapher, Berlin: Wolff, 2014, ARG. (German)
  • Camera obscura. De l'idéologie, Paris: Galilée, 1973.
    • Camera Obscura: Of Ideology, Cornell University Press, 1998, PDF. (English)
  • Quatre romans analytiques, Paris: Galilée, 1974.
    • Freud and Fiction, trans. Sarah Wykes, Polity Press, 1991, PDF, ARG. (English)
  • L'énigme de la femme: La femme dans les textes de Freud, Paris: Galilée, 1980; 2nd ed., rev., 1983.
    • The Enigma of Woman: Woman in Freud's Writings, 1985, ARG. (English)
  • Mélancolie de l'art, Paris: Galilée, 1985, 160 pp. [1]
    • Melancholie der Kunst, trans. Birgit Wagner, ed. Peter Engelmann, 2nd ed., rev., Vienna: Passagen, 1998, 102 pp, ARG. (German)
  • Le Respect des femmes: Kant et Rousseau, Paris: Galilée, 1982.
    • "Holding Their Women at a Respect", n.d., ARG. Trans. of introduction. (English)
  • Un métier impossible. Lecture de «Constructions en analyse», Paris: Galilée, 1983, ARG.
  • Lectures de Derrida, Paris: Galilée, 1984.
    • Derrida lesen, ed. Peter Engelmann, trans. Monika Buchgeister and Hans-Walter Schmidt, Vienna: Passagen, 1987; 2nd ed., rev., 2000, ARG. (German)
  • Paroles suffoquées, Paris: Galilée, 1987, ARG.
    • Smothered Words, 1998, ARG. (English)
  • Socrate(s), Paris: Galilée, 1989.
    • Socrates: Fictions of a Philosopher, 1998. (English)
  • "Il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte": Freud et la spéculation, Paris: Galilée, 1991, ARG.
  • Rue Ordener, rue Labat, Paris: Galilée, 1994.
    • Rue Ordener, Rue Labat, 1996. (English)
  • L'imposture de la beauté: Et autres textes, Paris: Galilée, 1995, ARG.
  • Selected Writings, eds. Thomas Albrecht, Georgia Albert and Elizabeth G. Rottenberg, intro. Jacques Derrida, 2007. (English)

Literature[edit]

  • Penelope Deutscher, Kelly Oliver (eds.), Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman, Cornell University Press, 1998, ARG. (English)
  • Tina Chanter, Pleshette Dearmitt (eds.), Sarah Kofman's Corpus, SUNY Press, 2008, PDF. (English)

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