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 writes about literary studies, theory, continental philosophy, and the Arts.

Lori’s book On Leaving: Poetry, Daesthetics, Timelessness digs into sites of etymology, aporias, undecidables, literary scenes, and poetic intervals in language. On Leaving is on topics of timelessness, finitude, etymology, philosophy, poetry, and literature.

Interests: Critical Theory, Continental Philosophy, World Literature, Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Avital Ronell, 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; Global Film Studies; the Gothic; 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; deconstruction.

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 from around the world to participate in the fellowship seminar with Dr. Irigaray. Lori was also a Research Fellow at EGS where she studied theory, literary arts, cinema.

Currently, Dr. Lori Martindale teaches Literature and Writing, Honors, and Gender and Sexuality Studies (United States).

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: The Little Book of Daesthetics, A Fragmented Dictionary.

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