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Dr Simone Drichel

MA (Freiburg) PhD (Vic)

Phone 64 3 479 7474
Office 1S8
First Floor
Arts Building
Albany Street

Mail Department of English & Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
New Zealand 9054


New Zealand and postcolonial literature, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy.


ENGL 242 Nation and Narration in New Zealand Literature

ENGL 332 Postcolonial Literatures

ENGL 353 Reading Minds: Literature and Psychology

ENGL 465 A Topic in New Zealand Literature: Janet Frame

Possible Supervision

Topics in contemporary NZ and postcolonial writing, postcolonial theory, as well as theoretically driven topics in the areas of psychoanalysis, deconstruction, ethics and subjectivity.

Current Research

Dr Simone Drichel lectures in New Zealand literature and postcolonial literature and theory. She has research interests in the area of continental philosophy, psychoanalysis and postcolonial theory, with a particular focus on questions of ethical subjectivity. Some of her work in this area appeared in SubStance, Levinas Studies, Philosophy & Social Criticism and Modern Fiction Studies. Simone is completing a monograph entitled Defending Vulnerability: Towards a Postcolonial Politics of Relationality, and she is the co-editor (with Jan Cronin) of Frameworks: Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame (Rodopi 2009). A founding member of the Postcolonial Studies Research Network at Otago University, Simone is responsible for the Network’s 2015 event “Relationality: A Symposium”; she was also the principal organiser of two previous Network events: “Vulnerability: A Symposium” in 2010 and “Ethics and Hospitality: A Postcolonial Masterclass" in 2007. Simone currently holds the role of New Zealand representative for the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) and is a co-editor of borderlands e-journal.

Edited Journals

Drichel, Simone (ed). Vulnerability. Spec. Issue of SubStance 42,3 (Dec. 2013).

Vulnerability cover copy

Edited Books

Cronin, Jan and Simone Drichel (eds). Frameworks: Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009.


Refereed Journal Articles

Drichel, Simone. “On Narcissism and ‘Ethical Impairment’: A Discussion of Gregory Rizzolo’s ‘Alterity, Masochism, and Ethical Desire: A Kohutian Perspective on Levinas’ Ethics of Responsibility for the Other.’” Psychoanalysis, Self and Context 12, 2 (2017): 122–130.

Drichel, Simone, "Cartesian Narcissism." American Imago 73,3 (Fall 2016): 239–274.

Drichel, Simone, "Reframing Vulnerability: 'so obviously the problem...'?" SubStance 42,3 (Dec 2013): 3-27.

Drichel. Simone, "Towards a 'radical acceptance of vulnerability': Postcolonialism and Deconstruction." SubStance 42,3 (Dec 2013): 46-66.

Drichel, Simone, "The Time of Hybridity." Philosophy & Social Criticism 34,6 (July 2008): 387–615.

Drichel, Simone, “Regarding the Other: Postcolonial Violations and Ethical Resistance in Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm.” Levinas and Narrative. Spec. Issue of Modern Fiction Studies 54,1 (Spring 2008): 20–49.

Drichel, Simone, “Of Political Bottom Lines and Last Ethical Frontiers: The Politics and Ethics of 'the Other.'” borderlands e-journal 6,2 (October 2007).

Drichel, Simone, “From Sameness to Difference: Reclaiming Maori Identity in Patricia Grace's Mutuwhenua.” antiTHESIS 10 (1999): 147-166.

Book Chapters

Drichel, Simone. “Face to Face with the Other Other: Levinas versus the Postcolonial.” Levinas Studies: An Annual Review. Vol. 7: “Levinas, Race, and Racism,” ed. John E. Drabinski. Pittsburgh: Duquesne Univ. Pr., 2012. 21-42.

Drichel, Simone. “Disgrace.” A Companion to the Works of J. M. Coetzee. Ed. Tim Mehigan. Rochester: Camden House, 2011. 154–78.

Drichel, Simone. “'Signposts to a world that is not even mentioned’: Janet Frame’s Ethical Transcendence.” Frameworks: Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame. Ed. Jan Cronin and Simone Drichel. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009. 181–212.

Cronin, Jan and Simone Drichel. “Introduction.” Frameworks: Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame. Ed. Jan Cronin and Simone Drichel. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009. ix–xxvii.

Drichel, Simone. “Explorations of 'Other' Identities in the Novels of Patricia Grace.” Compr(om)ising Post/colonialism(s): Challenging Narratives and Practices. Eds. Greg Ratcliffe and Gerry Turcotte. Sydney: Dangaroo Press, 2001. 207–16.


Drichel, Simone. “Politics of Transgression and Small Gestures.borderlands e-journal 12,2 (October 2013).

Drichel, Simone. “Slow Criticism: Responsibilities of Reading Well.” borderlands e-journal 10,1 (May 2011).

Selected Recent Conference Presentations

Drichel, Simone. “‘I am my own foundation’: Frantz Fanon’s Disavowed Cartesianism.” Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference. Sydney: University of New South Wales, 2–4 December 2015.

Drichel, Simone. “Cartesian Narcissism.” Psychology and the Other Conference. Cambridge: Lesley University, 9–11 October 2015.

Drichel, Simone. “‘O my body’: Anti-Cartesian Meditations.” Space Race Bodies Conference. Dunedin: University of Otago, 8–10 December 2014.

Drichel, Simone. “Narcissus on the Postcolonial Couch: A Levinasian Analysis.” Psychology and the Other Conference. Cambridge: Lesley University, 4–6 October 2013.

Drichel, Simone. “Defending Vulnerability: A Levinasian Response to Indigenous Trauma.” North American Levinas Society Conference: “Levinas, the Environment, and Cultures of Place.” Anchorage: University of Alaska, 13–15 May 2012.

Drichel, Simone. “Traumatic Time(s).” Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference: “The Time(s) of Our Lives.” Melbourne: La Trobe University, 12–14 December 2011.

Drichel, Simone. “The Subject in Question: Vulnerability and Hospitality.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy: “The Fiftieth Anniversary Conference.” Philadelphia: Villanova University, 19–22 October 2011.

Drichel, Simone. “‘Des Cartes . . . a cousin of Les Miserables’: Moving Beyond Cartesian Subjectivity in Maurice Gee’s Plumb.” Man Alone Conference. Wellington: Victoria University: 1–2 September 2011.

Drichel, Simone. “Totality and Infinity: An Essay on … Hospitality?” North Amercian Levinas Society Conference: “Celebrating Totality and Infinity at 50.” College Station (TX): Texas A & M University, 1–3 May 2011.