Suzanne Verderber

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Acting Chairperson Humanities & Media Studies 718.636.3431 p 718.636.3573 f Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3

Current Course Listing (3)

21/SP-HMS-430D-01 Psychoanalysis and Art Thought, Politics, and Creativity

21/SP-HMS-430D-02 Psychoanalysis and Art Thought, Politics, and Creativity

21/SP-PIC-323-01 Going Baroque


B.A., Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College; M.A. and Ph.D., Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania


Suzanne Verderber’s teaching and research focus on the relationship between subjectivity and power, and on the relationship between the premodern (medieval, Renaissance, Baroque) and contemporary eras. Her book, The Medieval Fold: Power, Repression, and the Emergence of the Individual (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) deployed the theories of Foucault, Lacan, and Deleuze and Guattari to construct an original theory of the emergence of the individual in the field of power in the twelfth century. She is continuing this inquiry in two current research projects: one correlating the emergence of the individual in the early modern period to the rediscovery of linear perspective in the arts, and another querying the current popularity of the figure of the “defective detective” in popular culture.

Her work is interdisciplinary, cutting across literature, psychoanalysis, philosophy, religion, history, art history, and critical and visual theory. She also works as a translator, specializing in the translation of French philosophy and theory into English. Her latest translation is Anne Sauvagnargues, Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).