Dr Sigi Jottkandt

Senior Lecturer
BA (Auckland 1988); MA (Melbourne 1992); PhD (SUNY Buffalo 2002). Dissertation committee: Henry Sussman (Director), Joan Copjec, Rodophe Gasche.
Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia, School of the Arts & Media


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Kensington Campus

Dr Sigi Jöttkandt is a senior lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Dr Jöttkandt’s research interests are in 19th and 20th Century British and American Literature (especially Henry James and Vladimir Nabokov); Lacanian psychoanalysis; and contemporary French philosophy.

Sole-authored Books

Acting Beautifully: Henry James and the Ethical Aesthetic. SUNY Press, 2005.

First Love: A Phenomenology of the One: Beckett, Turgenev, Clare, Welty, Kierkegaard. re.press, 2010.

Edited Collections

Penumbra: Counter-memories of the Present. Ed. Sigi Jottkandt and Joan Copjec. re.press 2013.

The Catastrophic Imperative: Time, Subjectivity, Memory in Contemporary Thought. Ed. Dominiek Hoens, Sigi Jottkandt and Gert Buelens. Palgrave, 2009.


'Topographies of a Cinematic City', symplokē 22(1-2):181-199 Jan 2014

'The Cornered Object of Psychoanalysis: Las Meninas, Jacques Lacan, Henry James,' Continental Philosophy Review 46.2 (Aug 2013):291-309

'A kot Anna: Prva ljubezen Samuela Becketta,' Problemi 3-4 (2012): 51-75.

Splitting the Difference: Aesthetic Relations in Henry James and Leo Bersani’, The Henry James Review 32 (2011): 235-241.

‘Signifier and Letter in Kierkegaard and Lacan’ Umbr(a): a journal of the unconscious: Writing (2010).

Hate’s Rebate, Or Love’s Largesse: Back to Back on “The Bench of Desolation.”’ The Henry James E-Journal 9 (Feb. 2006).

‘The Cryogenic Signifier: the Ethics of Obsessional Hatred in Henry James’s “The Bench of Desolation,”’ Journal for Lacanian Studies 4.2 (2006): 193-213.

‘Effectively Equivalent: Walter Pater, “Sebastian van Storck,” and the Ethics of Metaphor,’ Nineteenth-Century Literature 60.2 (2005): 163-98.

‘Brothers of the Veil: On the Military Family Romance,’ Umbr(a): a journal of the unconscious: War (2004): 131-39.

‘Portrait of an Act: Aesthetics and Ethics in The Portrait of a Lady,’ The Henry James Review 25.1 (2004): 67-86.

‘The Narcissism of Small Differences: On Beckett’s First Love,’ (a): the journal of culture and the unconscious 3.1-2 (2003): 117-26.

‘Language Poetry in the Academy,’ (as Sigi Curnow), Meanjin 4 (1992): 102-6.

Chapters in Books

'Sex, the Signifier and the Smallest Whole Number; in Sex and Nothing, ed. Alejandro Ruejo, (Karnac Books, forthcoming)

The Perambulatory Process: Eros, Wit and Society-testing in Henry James's "The Chaperon"', in Manya Steinkoler and Patricia Gherovici eds. Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy ed. (forthcoming Cambridge University Press)

'No Two without Three: Badiou, Lacan, Kierkegaard (PDF),' in Kierkegaard and Political Theory: Religion, Aesthetics, Politics and the Intervention of the Single Individual. Editors: Avanessian A, Wennerscheid S. 221-237. Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen 2014

'Signifier and Letter in Kierkegaard and Lacan', in Penumbra. 265-278

Love’ in Alain Badiou, Key Concepts, ed. A.J. Bartlett and Justin Clemens (London: Acumen, 2010) 95-104.

Truth, Knowledge and Homeopathic Magic in The Golden Bowl’ in Blackwell’s Companion to Henry James, ed. Greg Zacharias (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009) 176-192.

Forfeits and Comparisons: Turgenev’s “First Love”’ in Lacan: the Silent Partners, ed. Slavoj Žižek (London: Verso, 2006) 270-287 (also translated into Spanish and Dutch)


Participant in a Partnership Grant, Canadian SSHRC, 'Immediations: Art, Media and Event' (Principal Researchers Professors Erin Manning and Brian Massumi, Concordia, Montreal, Canada). $CAD2.9million

Previous grants held

  • 'Living Books About Life' (with Gary Hall, Coventry University and Joanna Zylinska Goldsmiths College, UK) JISC, UK
  • Literary Ethics', (with Gert Buelens and Ortwin de Graef) Flemish Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium


Open Humanities Press, co-Founding Director and board member, 2008-

S: Journal of the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique, co-founding editor, 2006-

Henry James, the long 19thC century, European literature in translation, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, digital humanities, new forms of scholarly communications.


Teaching and Supervision

ARTS3047 Critical and Cutural Theory

ARTS1030 Introduction to English: Literary Genres
ARTS2035 American Literature Past and Present
ARTS3037 Comedy

I'm particularly interested in using Digital Humanities toolkits to facilitate student learning. Have a look at our students' digital projects from American Literature.

Honours and prizes

2014 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Engagement and Professional contributions

I am a co-founder (with Gary Hall, David Ottina and Paul Ashton) and Steering Group member of Open Humanities Press where I chair the Editorial Oversight Group that assesses open access journals for inclusion in the international publishing collective. I am also the co-founding Editor (with Dominiek Hoens) of S: Journal of the Jan van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique.
Former editor and co-founder of Umbra: a journal of the unconscious, published by the Center for Psychoanalysis and Culture, SUNY Buffalo.
Member of the Scientific Board of the European Commission-funded project, Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)

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Current supervisions


Kate Montague, 'Tragedy in the post-modern novel'

Kim White, ''Turning in the widening gyre': maintaining and dismantling Agamben's Providential Machine in American Renaissance and late-capitalist literature.'

I have held postdoctoral fellowships at Ghent University, Belgium and the Jan van Eyck Academie, The Netherlands.

Participant in Joint Information Systems Committee grant, Living Books About Life.

I've also worked as chief of staff at a NYC usability consultancy, and in publicity and marketing at SONY Worldwide Networks in New York.