Irving Goh (NHC Fellow, 2022–23)

Project Title

Living on after Failure

Luce East Asia Fellowship, 2022–23

Associate Professor of English, National University of Singapore


Irving Goh is associate professor of literature at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject (Fordham University Press), which was awarded the MLA 23rd Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, and L'existence Prépositionnelle (Galilée). With the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, he also published The Deconstruction of Sex (Duke University Press). He is also editor of Jean-Luc Nancy among the Philosophers (forthcoming, Fordham University Press) and French Thought and Literary Theory in the UK (Routledge), and coeditor with Verena Andermatt Conley of Nancy Now (Polity). He was also named Franke Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University in the fall of 2018.

Selected Publications

The Deconstruction of Sex

  • Nancy, Jean-Luc, and Irving Goh. The Deconstruction of Sex. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Goh, Irving. “Auto-thanato-theory: Dark Narcissistic Care for the Self in Sedgwick and Zambreno.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 76, no. 1 Autotheory Theory (Spring 2020): 197–213.
  • Goh, Irving. L’existence prépositionnelle. Paris: Éditions Galilée, 2019.
  • Goh, Irving. “Exscription, or the Sense of Failure: Jean-Luc Nancy, Tecuciztecatl, and Édouard Levé.” MLN 134, no. 5 (December 2019): 1080-97.
  • Goh, Irving. The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.
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