Eugene Brennan


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Born in Ireland, Professor Brennan has been living in Paris for the past six years. He began teaching at The American University of Paris in 2016 shortly after completing a PhD in comparative literature with the University of London Institute in Paris. He has also taught at the Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle and Université Paris 13.

Professor Brennan researches and writes on critical theory, modernist literature and cultural studies. He has an ongoing research project which focuses on the ways in which counter-cultural music writing has been influenced by critical theory and French philosophy. He specializes in the work of Georges Bataille and regularly writes on the tensions between Bataillean and Marxist thought, particularly regarding theories of contemporary capitalism.

His PhD thesis is entitled The Anglo-American Reception of Georges Bataille: Readings in Theory and Popular Culture, and is currently being revised for publication.


PhD in Comparative Literature. The University of London Institute in Paris, 2016.

M.A. in Modern History. University College Dublin, 2010.

B.A. in English Literature and Music. University College Dublin, 2009.



w/ Russell Williams eds. Literature and Intoxication: Writing, Politics and the Experience of Excess (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)



‘From Abjection to Acceleration: Darkness, Secrecy and Alienation in the “Renegade Tradition” of UK Music Journalism’ in Tim Matts ed. Dark Glamour: Occult Accelerationism (Punktum Books, forthcoming 2018)

‘The Politics of Religious Fervour: New Considerations on Georges Bataille and Religion’, Theory, Culture and Society (forthcoming, 2017)

‘The Politics of Excess and Restraint: Reading Bataille alongside and against Accelerationism’ in Will Stronge ed. Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

‘Mourning and Mania: Visions of Intoxication and Death in the Poetry of Georges Bataille’ in Eugene Brennan and Russell Williams eds. Literature and Intoxication (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)


Review Articles

‘Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music – A Review Essay’, Blind Field: A Journal of Cultural Inquiry, September 11, 2017

‘Jihad and Death (review essay)’, Dublin Review of Books, September 1, 2017

‘Pourqoui la guerre aujourd hui?: Jean Baudrillard et Jacques Derrida (review)’ in French Studies 71.3 (2017): 449

‘Last Steps: Maurice Blanchot’s Exilic Writing by Christopher Fynsk (review)’ in French Studies 68.3. (2014): 415-416

‘Maurice Blanchot and Fragmentary Writing: A Change of Epoch by Leslie Hill (review)’ French Studies 68.1 (2014): 123-124

‘The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, The Sacred and The Profane by Christopher Partridge (review essay)’, Review 31 (website), July 1, 2014

‘”Debate is Idiot Distraction”: Accelerationism and the Politics of the Internet (review essay)’, 3am Magazine (website), August 11, 2013

‘Reflections on Anti-Semitism by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segré (review)’, Review 31 (website), November 4, 2013

‘Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait (review essay)’, 3am Magazine (website), February 27th 2012


Conference Papers

‘Temporalities of Subversion: Transgression and Acceleration’, Accelerationism: A Rather Fast Conference in Paris, The American University of Paris, June 2017

‘Pensée à la nuit/pensée du bruit: Bataille, théorie et musique expérimentale’, Georges Bataille et la pensée de la nuit, Journée d’étude, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, March 2017

‘Historical Contingency and Theoretical Violence: Rosalind Krauss’s Rereading of Modernism’, Historical Modernisms Symposium, Senate House, London, December 2016

‘Mourning and Mania: Visions of Intoxication and Death in the Poetry of Georges Bataille’,  ‘Intoxication’ Conference, University of London Institute in Paris, July 2013

‘Lost in Translation: Georges Bataille in America’, IGRS Annual Postgraduate Conference, May 2012.