Dominick LaCapra  

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Dominick LaCapra (born 1939) is an American-born European historian and the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies at Cornell University.




  • Emile Durkheim: Sociologist and Philosopher (Cornell University Press, 1972; reissued in 1985 by University of Chicago Press; revised edition in 2001 by The Davies Group)
  • A Preface to Sartre (Cornell University Press, 1978)
  • Madame Bovary on Trial (Cornell University Press, 1982)
  • Rethinking Intellectual History: Texts, Contexts, Language (Cornell University Press, 1983)
  • History & Criticism (Cornell University Press, 1985)
  • History, Politics, and the Novel (Cornell University Press, 1987)
  • Soundings in Critical Theory (Cornell University Press, 1989)
  • Representing the Holocaust: History, Theory, Trauma (Cornell University Press, 1994)
  • History and Memory after Auschwitz (Cornell University Press, 1998)
  • History and Reading: Tocqueville, Foucault, French Studies (University of Toronto Press, 2000)
  • Writing History, Writing Trauma (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001)
  • History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory (Cornell University Press, 2004)
  • History and Its Limits: Human, Animal, Violence (Cornell University Press, 2009)
  • History, Literature, Critical Theory (Cornell University Press, 2013)

Edited books

  • With S. L. Kaplan, Modern European Intellectual History: Reappraisals and New Perspectives (Cornell University Press, 1982)
  • The Bounds of Race: Perspectives on Hegemony and Resistance (Cornell University Press, 1991)


  • "Chartier, Darnton, and the Great Symbol Massacre," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 60, No. 1, March 1988
  • "History, Language, and Reading: Waiting for Crillon," The American Historical Review Vol. 100, No. 3, June 1995
  • "Equivocations of Autonomous Art," Critical Inquiry Vol. 24, No. 3, Spring 1998


  • Rethinking History 8, no. 4 (2004), a volume focused on LaCapra’s work, includes an invited essay by him ("Tropisms of Intellectual History") and four other essays (by Ernst van Alphen, Carolyn J. Dean, Allan Megill, and Michael S. Roth) discussing his career and role in the profession.

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