Allan Stoekl

Allan Stoekl

Professor, French and Comparative Literature
Allan Stoekl


Twenty and Twenty-First French Literature and Philosophy; Theory of Sustainability and Energy Use; Cinema Studies


Ph.D. SUNY-Buffalo, Comparative Literature, 1980

Professional Bio

Professor Stoekl's  recent work has focused on issues of energy use, sustainability and economy in a literary-cultural and philosophical context (both French and international). Hi book Bataille's Peak follows up on earlier work on Georges Bataille, but from a framework of current questions of energy use and depletion (which Bataille formulated, he argues, already in the 1940s). He is presently engaged in a larger project considering theories of the city from the past (the surrealists, situationists and Le Corbusier) in light of current theories--aesthetic, political, energetic--of sustainable urbanism. He has lectured extensively here in the US and abroad, and has recently served as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins and Westminster University (London).


FR 569: Roles of the Editor in Contemporary French Literature

FR 570: Theory and Practice of French Poetry: Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Ponge

FR 572: Models of Education and the Educator in Twentieth Century France

FR 597: Models of the Auteur in post-1945 French Cinema

InlST 489: Oil Use and Depletion from an International Perspective


- “Transgression" in: The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon, ed. Leonard Lawlor and John Nale (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014): 509-516

-"Foreword", to Oil Culture: The Cultural Life of Oil from Aesthetics and Politics to Economy and Ecology, ed. Ross Barrett and Daniel Worden (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2014)

-"Urban Ecology", in Fueling Culture, ed. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger (Fordham UP, forthcoming)

- "Chartreuse," in: Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory Beyond Green, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (Minneapolois: U of Minnesota P, 2013): 124-146

- "'After the Sublime, After the Apocalypse: Two Versions of Sustainability in Light of Climate Change" in Diacritics, 41 (3), 2013, 40-59“

-Bataille's Peak: Energy, Religion, and Postsustainability (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2007)