Irina Ruvinsky

Associate Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Literature


The University of Chicago
Degree: PhD (2009)
Field: Philosophy
Sorbonne IV, Paris, France                                   
Fields: Philosophy, French Literature (2002-2003)
École Normale Supérieur, Paris, France                                  
Field: French Literature, (2002-2003)
New York University, New York, NY                               
Degree: Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Philosophy (1995)

Area of Specialization

German Romanticism
French Modernism
Medical Humanities
Russian Literature and Culture

Additional Interests
Magical Realism
Creative non-fiction

Selected Book Publications
  • “The Cultural Space of Illness: Death in the Age of Reason”, presented at the University of Kent, UK in July of 2016
  • “Handwriting”, published by Eclectica Magazine, Winter Issue, 2016
  • “Listening to ‘The Heart’ ”, interview with Maylis De Kerangal about her latest novel, co-sponsored by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the France Chicago Center, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, February 2016
  •  “In Search of ‘Comfort’ with Alice Munroe”, presented in April 2015, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Spring 2015
  • “Reading Proust Today: conversation with D. Ellison”, Chicago Proust Centennial, November 2014, The University of Chicago
  •  “Proust: Taste, Emotion and Memory”, presented March 2014, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • “Tolstoy and Narrative Medicine”, presented September 2012 and the Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • “The Meaning of Pain”, presented May 2012, conference entitled Making Sense of Pain Prague, Czech Republic
  • “Illness as an Apprenticeship to Life”, presented Fall 2011, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, accepted for on-line publication by ID Press
  •  “The Dialectic of Memory: In Search of Lost Present”, Summer 2010 published in the collection of essays The European Mind: Narrative and Identity, University of Malta Press
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Contact Information

Office: 1620, MC 315