Sandor Goodhart

SANDOR GOODHART is an Associate Professor English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University where he directed the Jewish Studies Program (1997-2002), and later the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Studies (2007-2011). He received his Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977 (under the direction of René Girard). He served as Executive Secretary of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (1998-2002), and as its President (2003-2007).

He is the author of Sacrificing Commentary. Reading the End of Literature (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996); of Reading Stephen Sondheim: A Collection of Critical Essays (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000); the editor of (and a contributor with others to) For René Girard: Essays in Friendship and Truth (East Lansing: Michigan State University, 2008), the co-editor of (and a contributor with Ann Astell to) of Sacrifice, Scripture, and Substitution: Readings in Ancient Judaism and Christianity (South Bend: Notre Dame University Press, 2011); the supervising editor of a special issue of Shofar, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies on “Emmanuel Levinas and Jewish Thought: Translating Hebrew into Greek” (Vol. 26, No. 4, Summer 2008); the co-editor (with Monica Osborne) of a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies on “Levinas and Narrative” (Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring 2008); and the editor of a special issue of Religion, An International Journal on “Girardian Theory” (Vol. 37, No. 1, March 2007).

He teaches and has written widely in the various fields of Jewish Studies (Hebrew Bible, Holocaust studies, medieval and modern Jewish philosophy and hermeneutics, and contemporary Jewish American fiction), in dramatic literature (Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, and modern drama), and in modern and contemporary French critical theory (structuralism and poststructuralism). Prior to coming to Purdue, he taught at the University of Michigan, Cornell University, Whitman College, and the University of Maine at Orono. He serves on the editorial boards of Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Shofar, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and Philip Roth Studies. His graduate students at Purdue University founded the North American Levinas Society (NALS), an organization that has been meeting annually for seven years.  This fall he will co-organize with Benoît Chantre at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the École Normal Supéieur the first ever joint conference on the work of René Girard and Emmanuel Levinas.