Penelope Deutscher Professor

Penelope Deutscher specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy and philosophy of gender. She studied in Paris with Sarah Kofman (DEA, University of Paris 1) before completing her PhD at the University of NSW under Genevieve Lloyd. Her main publications include Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy (Routledge 1997); A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray (Cornell University Press, 2002), How to Read Derrida (Granta/Norton 2006), and The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

She is co-editor with Kelly Oliver of Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman (Cornell University Press, 1999), and, with Françoise Collin of Repenser le politique: l'apport du féminisme, an anthology of French translations of contemporary Anglo-American women political philosophers (Paris: Campagne première /Les cahiers du grif, 2004.). She also guest edited for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy the special issue 'Contemporary French Women Philosophers' (15:4, 2000). Other areas of special interest include theories of genealogy and biopolitics (Nietzsche, Foucault, Agamben).

She has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship (2007-8), a Distinguished Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK (2007); a N.S.W. Residency Expatriate Scientists Award at the University of Sydney (2005); and an Australian Research Council Large Grant (1999-2001).


Books Edited

Guest/Special Issue Editor

  • Guest editor of Contemporary French Women Philosophers, special issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 15, 4 (2000).

Selection of recent and representative Articles

  • “Recastings: On Alison Stone's Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference,"differences, a journal of feminist cultural studies 19.3, 139—149.
  • “The Inversion of Exceptionality: Foucault, Agamben and “Reproductive Rights,” South Atlantic Quarterly 107, 1 (2007): 55-70.
  • “Women, and so on”: Derrida's Rogues and the Auto-Immunity of Feminism, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 11, 1 (2007): 101-119.
  • "Autobiobodies: Nietzsche and the Life-blood of the Philosopher,"  Parallax 11: 3 (2005): 28-39.
  • "Loving the Impossible: Derrida, Rousseau and the Politics of Perfectibility," in Steve Daniels (ed) Current Continental Theory and Modern Philosophy, Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2005: 223-239.
  • "Vulnerability and Metamorphosis: Beauvoir and Nancy on Embodiment and Aging,"differences a journal of feminist cultural studies  16: 2 (2005): 61-87.
  • "Derrida's Impossible Genealogies," Theory and Event , 8 (1) (2005)
  • "Enemies and Reciprocities," MLN 119, 4 (2004): 656-671.
  • "Beauvoir's Old Age ," in C. Card (ed .) The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003: 286-304.
  • "Already Weeping: Deconstruction, Immigration, Colonialism,"  Studies in Practical Philosophy , (special issue: "Race and Justice in the Post-Colonial Setting"), 3, 1 (2003): 5-21.
  • "Pardon?: Sarah Kofman and Jacques Derrida (On Mourning, Debt and Seven Friendships)," Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology   31, 1 (2000): 21-35.
  • "'Is It Not Remarkable That Nietzsche... Should Have Hated Rousseau?' Woman, Femininity: Distancing Nietzsche From Rousseau," in Nietzsche, Feminism and Political.


  • Special section: Interviews conducted by P. Deutscher with Claude Imbert, Monique David-Ménard and Barbara Cassin (and introduction by P. Deutscher), Women's Philosophy Review, 24, (2000): 19-72.
  • "Interview: Michèle le Doeuff," Hypatia 15, 4 ( 2000): 236-242 .