I am currently working on two book-length projects. The first is titled Touching Literature, or the Experience of the Limit, which will be published by Cornell University Press. It examines how touch is put into effect in literature (Sappho, Ovid's Pygmalion story in Metamorphoses, Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, Lispector's Passion according to G.H., Água Viva, and A Breath of Life, Shakespeare's Sonnets, the poetry of Baudelaire, Stanley Kunitz, and E.E. Cummings, and Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot Touch), and shows how literary touch deviates from contemporary theories of touch (Jean-Luc Nancy, Luce Irigaray, Hélène Cixous, and Jacques Derrida), which tend to call for the respect of limits when touch is in question.
The second book project is called Prepositional Existence. At present, it is envisaged as a two-volume work. The first part concerns the mobilization of the preposition "to" [à] in contemporary French thought (Derrida's à-venir, Nancy's être-à, Irigaray's j'aime à toi, and Levinas's face à face), and it seeks to explicate the ontological, ethical, and political stakes of such a mobilization. The French manuscript of this part is done and will be published as L'existence prépositionnelle by Galilée in 2019. Meanwhile, I am working on an English version of that. As for the second volume, more ambitious than the first, the aim is to propose a rereading of Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger in light of the preposition "to."
On a more collective basis, I am working on an edited volume of essays titled Jean-Luc Nancy Among the Philosophers, which will be published by Fordham University Press. Contributors include Werner Hamacher, Rodophe Gasché, Marie-Eve Morin, Eleanor Kaufman, Peter Fenves, John Smith, Verena Andermatt Conley, Georges Van Den Abbeele, Tim Murray, and Philip Armstrong.
I will also be editing the volume French Thought and Literary Theory in the UK, which will be published by Routledge, with contributions from eminent scholars in the UK.
And music has finally caught up with me (see my Music Matters page) in terms of academic publication: Scott Michaelsen very generously asked me to edit a special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review on music. I took up the offer, and the special issue will be about revitalizing the dialogue between music and theory/ philosophy, a dialogue that was so vibrant in the late 70s and 80s. I am extremely delighted and excited to have Danielle Cohen-Levinas, Claire Colebrook, and Timothy Morton among the contributors. I have also invited Harvard music grad student and composer, Christopher Swithinbank, to coedit this special issue.
Meanwhile, Timothy Murray (Cornell) and I have recently seen to the publication of the second and final volume (2016) of the special issue of diacritics on "The Prepositional Senses of Jean-Luc Nancy," which we both co-edit. The first volume (2015) features contributions from Verena Andermatt Conley, Jeffrey Librett, Philip Armstrong, and Tim himself, and includes Nancy's essay "Que faire?," which I have translated into English as "What Is to Be Done?" The artwork that traverses this volume is that of Simon Hantaï's. In the second volume, you will find contributions from Eleanor Kaufman, Frédéric Neyrat, and myself, plus my translation of Nancy's "Sexistence." As for the artwork in this volume, it is François Martin's, taken from Nancy's private collection.
Another volume of essays on Nancy, Nancy Now, which I co-edit with Verena Andermatt Conley (Harvard), was published by Polity Press in October 2014. I see this as an intimate collection, with contributions from Nancy's contemporaries such as Giorgio Agamben and Etienne Balibar, and from his former students such as Gregg Lambert and myself. One also finds Nancy's "Dialogue Beneath the Ribs," an internal dialogue reflecting on his heart transplant that he had almost twenty years earlier.