Lori Martindale, PhD

Lori Martindale, PhD Magna Cum Laude from The European Graduate School in Switzerland. Avital Ronell (New York University & Jacques Derrida Chair at The European Graduate School) served on her dissertation committee.  Lori is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in continental philosophy at The European Graduate School.  Lori’s work examines and contributes to the fields of literary studies and continental philosophy. Keeping with questions, On Leaving: Poetry, Daesthetics, Timelessness digs deeply into sites of etymology, aporias, literary scenes, and poetic intervals in language. Her deconstructive work deals with timelessness and finitude, etymology, philosophy, poetry, and literature.

Interests: Critical Theory, Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction, Avital Ronell, Hélène Cixous, Franz Kafka, Romantic to Modern Poetry, Ancient to Contemporary Comparative World Literature, British Literature, American Literary Studies; the modernists; Writing, Folklore; Wonder Tales; Magical Realism; International Film Studies; the Monstrous; Gender Studies.

Notable ideas in On Leaving: Poetry, Daesthetics, Timelessness: Etymologies of Leaving, Daesthetics, finitude, deconstruction of “timelessness,” ontologies of leaving, intervals between etymology and poetry.

In 2011, as a research fellow at The University of Bristol, England, she worked on chapters of her dissertation on modern poetry, and was awarded an honorary certificate for a seminar from Dr. Luce Irigaray for her work on poetry. Lori was one of ten doctoral students chosen from around the world to participate in the fellowship seminar with Dr. Irigaray.

Currently, Dr. Lori Martindale teaches interdisciplinary studies,  Literature and Writing, and Gender and Sexuality Studies (United States), and is a Research Fellow in Poetry and Philosophy at The European Graduate School.

Education: The European Graduate School (Switzerland), The University of Bristol (England), and Western Washington University (US).

On Leaving: Poetry, Daesthetics, Timelessness is published by Atropos Press.  Now at the bookstore Better Read than Dead in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.

Upcoming book:

Recent Publications


Martindale, Lori. On Leaving: Poetry, Daesthetics, Timelessness. New York: Atropos Press. 2014.

Recent Articles:

Liminality 2020

Lori Martindale “Working with Luce Irigaray” 2013 on Irigaray’s website.

Lori Martindale, “On Paul DeNicola’s Literature as Pure Mediality: Kafka and the Scene of Writing

Lori Martindale, on Bruce Nauman’s Topological Gardens at the La Biennale di Venezia

Contact information: lori.martindale@egs.edu