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Professor Milo Sweedler

Dr. Milo Sweedler

Associate Professor, French and Cultural Analysis & Social Theory

Contact Information
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3002

Office Location: BA425
Office Hours: On Sabbatical Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2016
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Academic Background


BA Binghamton University, DEA Université Paris VIII, PhD Emory University


Milo Sweedler studied English and comparative literature at Binghamton University before moving to Paris, where he studied in the Texte, Imaginaire, Société program at the Université de Paris VIII. He completed his PhD in French at Emory University under the direction of Philippe Bonnefis. He came to WLU, where he is Associate Professor of French and Cultural Analysis & Social Theory, in 2003.

Milo enjoys teaching modern French literature and culture, French film, art history and courses on social and political theory. His research in these areas has appeared in diverse journals and numerous edited volumes. His first book, The Dismembered Community: Bataille, Blanchot, Leiris, and the Remains of Laure, was published in 2009 by University of Delaware Press. He is currently working on a follow-up study on the friendship between Bataille and Blanchot for a special issue of the Cahiers Maurice Blanchot dedicated to the two authors.

Research Interests:

Continental political theory, theories of representation, modern and contemporary literature, modern and contemporary art, film history and criticism, the French avant-garde

Selected Publications:

Sweedler, Milo. “Class Warfare in the RoboCop Films.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 56 (2014-15). Web>.

Sweedler, Milo. The Dialectic of Truth and Fiction in Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing.” Respondents: Colman Hogan and Marta Marín-Dòmine. CMTS Dialogues. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. 42 pages. E-book. 

Sweedler, Milo. “The End of the World of the End: Lars von TrierMelancholia and Political Theory.” A Critical Approach to the Apocalypse. Ed. Alexandra Simon-López and Heidi Yeandle. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013: 175-84. E-book.

Sweedler, Milo. “Au nom du peuple: Rancière et la subjectivation politique.” Imaginaires 12 (2012): 59-70. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “The Poison and the Cure – Experiments in Political Theology: Critchley’s The Faith of the Faithless.” Theory & Event 15:3 (2012). Web>.

Sweedler, Milo. />/>The Dismembered Community: Bataille, Blanchot, Leiris, and the Remains of Laure. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009. 214 pp. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “De la terreur consid/>/>érée comme un des Beaux-Arts. Penser la Terreur. Ed. Bruno Chaouat. Dijon: Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, 2009: 297-307. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “Tabula Rasa: Blanchot and the Terror.” French Literature Series 35 (2008): 95-103. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “Bare Life from Auschwitz to Guantánamo Bay.” The Camp: Narratives of Internment and Exclusion. Ed. Colman Hogan and Marta Marín-Dòmine. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007: 135-51. Print. 

Sweedler, Milo. “La lecture honteuse: lire Thomas l’obscur.” Lire, écrire la honte. Ed. Bruno Chaouat. Passages. Lyon: Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2007: 397-407. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “The Politics of Sacrifice: Mel Gibson and Georges Bataille.” Intertexts 11:2 (2007): 57-71. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “From the Sacred Conspiracy to the Unavowable Community: Bataille, Blanchot and Laure’s Le Sacré.” French Studies 59 (July 2005): 338-50. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “Autohagiography: The Écrits de Laure.” Dalhousie French Studies 71 (Summer 2005): 65-73. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “Bataille et le premier homme.” Écrivains de la préhistoire. Ed. André Benhaïm and Michel Lantelme. Cribles. Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2004: 105-14. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “Le Sacré de Lord Auch.” Revue des Sciences Humaines 266/267 (April-Sept. 2002): 271-81. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “Pierres Angéliques and Incandescences un Peu Chattes: Bataille, Leiris, and the Name of Laure.” Cincinnati Romance Review 21 (2002): 34-49. Print.

Sweedler, Milo. “Lieux sacrés, ou la mise en abyme du Collège de Sociologie.” Revue des Sciences Humaines 261 (Jan.-March 2001): 51-64. Print.