Dr Simone Drichel
MA (Freiburg) PhD (Vic)
|Phone||64 3 479 7474|
|Department of English
University of Otago
PO Box 56
New Zealand and postcolonial literature, postcolonial theory, deconstruction, ethics.
Topics in contemporary NZ and postcolonial writing, postcolonial theory, as well as theoretically driven topics in the areas of deconstruction, ethics and subjectivity.
Dr Simone Drichel lectures in New Zealand literature and postcolonial literature and theory. She has research interests in the area of continental philosophy and postcolonial theory, with a particular focus on questions of ethical subjectivity and deconstruction in a postcolonial context. Some of her work in this area appeared in Levinas Studies, Philosophy & Social Criticism and in the “Levinas & Narrative” special issue of Modern Fiction Studies. As well as completing a first monograph, Postcolonialism’s Other, Simone is currently working on a second book, funded by a Fast-Start Marsden grant, with the working title Defending Vulnerability. She is also 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 was the principal organiser of the Network’s 2007 Postcolonial Studies Masterclass “Ethics and Hospitality” and the 2010 event “Vulnerability: A Symposium.” She also 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.
Cronin, Jan and Simone Drichel (eds). Frameworks: Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009.
Refereed Journal Articles
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.
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.
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. 207–216.
Drichel, Simone. “Slow Criticism: Responsibilities of Reading Well.” borderlands e-journal 10,1 (May 2011).
Selected Recent Conference Presentations
Drichel, Simone. “Defending Vulnerability: A Levinasian Response to Indigenous Trauma,” presented at North American Levinas Society Conference 2012: “Levinas, the Environment, and Cultures of Place,” Anchorage: University of Alaska, 13–15 May 2012.
Drichel, Simone. “Traumatic Time(s),” presented at ASCP Conference 2011: The Time(s) of Our Lives, Melbourne: La Trobe University, 12–14 December 2011.
Drichel, Simone. “The Subject in Question: Vulnerability and Hospitality,” presented at Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) 2011: 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,” presented at Man Alone Conference, Wellington: Victoria University, 1–2 September 2011.
Drichel, Simone. “Totality and Infinity: An Essay on … Hospitality?”, presented NALS 2011: Celebrating Totality and Infinity at 50, College Station (TX): Texas A & M University, 1–3 May 2011.
Drichel, Simone. “Janet Frame and Ethical Remembrance,” presented at Contained Memory Conference, Wellington: Massey University, 9–11 December 2010.
Drichel, Simone. “The Failure of Sympathetic Imagination: Vulnerability and Affectivity in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace,” presented at ASCP Conference 2010: Affect, Brisbane: University of Queensland, 3–5 December 2010.
Drichel, Simone. “No Border, No Nation? Reframing Border Politics,” presented at the Second International Derrida Today Conference, London, 19–21 July 2010.
Drichel, Simone. “The Other Other: Postcolonialism and Ethics,” presented at York Postcolonial Theory Conference: “What Postcolonial Theory Doesn't Say,” University of York, 3–5 July 2010.
Drichel, Simone. “Janet Frame's 'hinterland of truth': Knowledge and Memory in The Carpathians,” presented at ASCP Conference 2009: “Philosophy and the Work of Art,” Monash University, Melbourne, 29 November–1 December 2009.
Drichel, Simone. “The Other Other: Levinas and Postcolonial Critique,” presented at North American Levinas Society Conference 2009: “Philosophy and its Others,” University of Toronto, 28–30 June 2009.
Drichel, Simone. “'Don’t we all live in mirrors, for ever?' On Not Knowing the Other in Janet Frame's The Carpathians,” presented at “The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalisation” Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, 24–26 June 2009.
Drichel, Simone. “Post/Human Subjectivities: Janet Frame & Emmanuel Levinas,” presented at ASCP Conference 2008: The Post/Human Condition, University of Auckland, 3–5 December 2008.
Drichel, Simone. “The Politics of Inhospitality: Postcolonial Encounters with Derrida,” presented at Derrida Today Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, 10–12 July 2008.