Charles Stivale

Charles Stivale

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of French


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Curriculum vitae




Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Charles Stivale

Born in Bloomfield, NJ, Charles J. Stivale completed his college education at Knox College (B.A.), then spent two years in Paris at the Université de Paris (Sorbonne-Paris IV) there earning two M.A. degrees (including a maîtrise). He completed doctoral work in French studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (1981).

Besides having directed two year-long foreign study programs in France (Knox College, Besançon, 1976-77; CIEE, Rennes, 1981-82), he has held positions at Western Michigan University, Franklin and Marshall College, and Tulane University. He came to Wayne State University in 1990, served as chair of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures (1996-2002) and as interim chair of the Dept. of Art and Art History (2003-2004). He was elected to the Academy of Scholars in 2000 and served as president in 2003-2004.

He was awarded Distinguished Professor rank in 2005 by the WSU Board of Governors. In 2018-19, he completed his teaching career and retired in 2019.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Nineteenth century French studies, contemporary French culture, Deleuze and Guattari studies, translation of Deleuze seminars, yoga instruction


My research interests include 19th-century French novels, contemporary critical theory and cultural studies, and writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, as well as serving as co-director, with Prof. Daniel W. Smith, of the Purdue University Deleuze Seminars web site, developing transcriptions and translations of Deleuze's university seminars.


  • B.A., Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 1971
  • M.A., Sorbonne-Paris IV, 1973; maitrise: Sorbonne-Paris IV, 1974
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1981

Awards and grants

  • 1991, 1992, 1993 WSU International Travel Grants
  • 1991,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996: WSU Small Research Grants
  • 1993-1994 WSU Career Development Chair
  • 1994, 1995 WSU Humanities Center Fellowship
  • 1995, winter WSU Publication Subvention Support
  • 1999, 2004, 2009 Wayne State University Board of Governor’s Faculty Recognition Award
  • 2000 Wayne State University Academy of Scholars (induction, October 2000)
  • 2000-2002 Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship
  • 2003 WSU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
  • 2003-2004 President, Academy of Scholars, Wayne State University
  • 2005-present Board of Governors Appointment to Distinguished Professor rank
  • 2006-2008, 2010-2012 WSU Humanities Center Resident Scholar
  • 2019 Board of Governors Appointment to Distinguished Professor Emeritus rank

Selected publications

Scholarly books, articles, chapters and translations published

  • Gilles Deleuze’s ABC’s: The Folds of Friendship. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008
  • Co-editor (with Gayle Zachmann) of special issue of South Central Review, “Cultural Production in Nineteenth-Century French Studies: Homage to Larry Schehr” 29.3 (fall 2012)
  • “Of Dignity and Ridicule: Virility from Mosca to Muffat.” South Central Review, “Cultural Production in Nineteenth-Century France: Homage to Lawrence R. Schehr” 29.3 (Fall 2012): 36-46
  • Translation: Subtitles in English for Gilles Deleuze from A to Z (Zone1 DVD production of L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze, 8-hour video interview), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press and Semiotext(e) (2012)
  • “Flux de Vitalité, Flux de Pouvoir: La Science à l'œuvre.” In Masculinités en Révolution, de Rousseau à Balzac, eds. Jean-Marie Roulin and Daniel Maira. St. Etienne, France: Publications de l’ Université de Saint-Etienne, 2013. 97-114
  • “Etre aux aguets: Deleuze, Creation and Territorialization.” In The Animal Catalyst: Towards Ahuman Theory. Ed. Patricia MacCormack. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2014. 69-80
  • Co-Translation: Revised edition of Gilles Deleuze. Logic of Sense. Trans. Constantin V. Boundas, Mark Lester and Charles J. Stivale, London: Bloomsbury, 2015
  • “One or Several Ralphs: Multiplicity and Masculinity in Sand’s Indiana.” In Approaches to Teaching George Sand’s Indiana. Eds. David A. Powell and Pratima Prasad. New York: MLA Publications, 2016. 109-117
  • “Hannibal ‘aux aguets’: On the Lookout for New Rencontres.” In Deleuze and the  Animal. Eds. Patricia MacCormack and Colin Gardner. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 197-227
  • Translations of Seminars and Lectures (2018-2022) The Deleuze Seminars (See Full Index at
  • New translations and transcripts: A Thousand Plateaus V.4-13, 10 lectures, 1979-80; Leibniz Seminar, 5 lectures, 1980; Anti-Oedipus seminar, May 27, 1980; Spinoza: The Velocities of Thought Seminar, 16 lectures, 1980-81; Painting Seminar 1, March 31, 1981; Cinema seminar I, 1, 2, & 3, 1981; Cinema seminar II, 1-7, 1982-83; Foucault 26, June 3, 1986; Leibniz and the Baroque Seminar, 20 lectures, 1986-1987
  • Updated transcripts: Cinema seminar I (21 transcripts) Oct 1981-June 1982; Cinema seminar II (23 transcripts) Oct 1982-June 1983; Cinema seminar III (22 transcripts) Oct 1983-June 1984; Cinema seminar IV.8, IV (26 transcripts) Oct 1984-June 1985; Foucault 17, March 25, 1986
  • New session descriptions: Cinema I through IV, 1981-85, 92 lectures