Nick Nesbitt received his PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures (French) with a Minor in Brazilian Portuguese from Harvard University. He has previously taught at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and at Miami University (Ohio), and in 2003-4 he was a Mellon Fellow at the Cornell University Society for the Humanities. He is the author of Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant (Liverpool 2013); Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment (Virginia 2008); and Voicing Memory: History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature (Virginia 2003). He is also the editor of Toussaint Louverture: The Haitian Revolution (Verso 2008) and co-editor with Brian Hulse of Sounding the Virtual: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Music (Ashgate 2010).
Nick Nesbitt's work in Francophone Studies focuses on the intellectual history of the black Atlantic world. Such a project envisages not the registration of historical moments within the totality of the real and its meaning (History), but the recovery, narration, and critique of discontinuous events and concepts sub specie aeternitatis.
Teaching and Research Interests
• Haitian, French-Caribbean and African Studies
• Postcolonial and Critical Theory
• Political Philosophy
• African Diasporic Music and Cinema
• Special interest in the work of Aimé Césaire, Althusser, Fanon, Badiou, John Coltrane, and Gilles Deleuze
1. Caribbean Critique