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Thomas Cousineau

Professor of English (Emeritus)

Professor Thomas Cousineau, who taught at Washington College from 1978 to 2013, began his teaching career at the University of Paris as well as at other French universities.

Along with the contact with French culture that living in Paris for many years afforded him, French thinkers of the day, such as Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, and Paul Ricoeur, strongly influenced the direction of his research and teaching.  He later became intrigued by René Girard’s theories of “borrowed desire” and scapegoating, which he incorporated into his more recent books. His post-retirement research and lecturing project, called “The Daedalus Complex,” is online at https://sites.google.com/site/thedaedaluscomplex/home.


  • B.A., Boston College, 1966
  • M.A., University of California, Davis, 1968
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1971

Teaching Areas

  • Dante and Modernism
  • Joyce and Beckett
  • Modernist Literature
  • Literary Theory

Major Publications

  • The Séance of Reading: Uncanny Designs in Modernist Writing (in preparation)
  • An Unwritten Novel: Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet (2013)
  • Three Part Inventions: The Novels of Thomas Bernhard (2008)
  • Ritual Unbound: Reading Sacrifice in Modernist Fiction (2004)
  • After the Final No: Samuel Beckett’s Trilogy (1999)
  • Beckett in France (1994)
  • Waiting for Godot: Form in Movement (1990)

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