Sinan Richards

Sinan Richards


My research to date has been primarily centered on twentieth-century French writing, focused at the intersection of emotions, deceit, social rules, and transculturalism. My D.Phil investigates the possibility of love. I explore love in relation to lies and desire. I explore love in relation to lies and desire. My other research seeks to define and explore perfidy as a means of retroactively correcting history. I read duplicitousness in politeness as it interacts with social rules. This research project investigates politeness in twentieth-century French and Francophone cinema. I aim to examine how the absence of politeness is deployed by postcolonial directors to unsettle and disconcert their audience, and to demand civility from others. For example, in Ousmane Sembene’s La Noire de…, and Abdelkrim Bahloul’s Un Vampire au Paradis




“Merely Clipped: Re-Staging the global south with Abbas Kiarostami’s Close- up,ARTL@S Bulletin (8.2, 2019). (Under Review).

“The Violence of Politeness: Implicit Bienséance in the Sadian Universe,” Early Modern French Studies 39.1 (2017): 75-88.


“The Decorator Crab: Lacan at the Beach,” Crisis and Critique, (6.1, 2019). (In Progress).

Book Chapters 

“Qui Perd Gagne, Oui mais quand même… Reading Qui Perd Gagne alongside Les Non-Dupes Errent” in Freedom and the Subject of Theory: Essays in Honour of Christina Howells, Oliver Davis and Colin Davis (eds.), Legenda, (forthcoming).

“Rühre nicht, Bock! denn es brennt” in Žižek and Christianity, Mitralexis and Skliris (eds.), Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology, Routeledge: London and New York, (2019). pp. 167-187.


Jean-Pierre Dupuy, “Science without Philosophy: The Case of Big Data”, Crisis and Critique, 5.1 (2018): 146-161.

Frédéric Lordon, “The Economic Catastrophe as a Passionate Event”, Crisis and Critique, 3.3 (2016):  275-284.


Jacques Lacan, Past and Present: A Dialogue, Alain Badiou and Elisabeth Roudinesco, Translated by Jason E Smith, Columbia University Press, New York, 2014, in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 


Currently teaching at the École normale supérieure, Paris.

  • S1 Between Love and Gender (Postgraduate), Translation (Agrégation) , Topics in Contemporary American Politics (L3/M1)
  • S2 Exile Writing (Postgraduate), Comprehension (Agrégation) , Topics in Contemporary American Politics (L3/M1)
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