Lotringer, Sylvère

Alternative names

Hide Profile

Sylvère Lotringer is a literary critic and cultural theorist. He is best known for founding the journal Semiotext(e), which is largely credited with introducing the work of French theorists like Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze,Paul Virilio, Felix Guattari, Michel Foucault and Jean-Francois Lyotard to an English-speaking audience.

Lotringer was born in Paris to Polish-Jewish immigrants. He spent the Nazi occupation of Paris as a "hidden child", later relocating with his family to Israel. He returned to Paris and studied at the Sorbonne, where he founded the literary magazine L’Etrave. In 1964, Lotringer entered the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Virginia Woolf's novels under the supervision of Roland Barthes and Lucien Goldmann. During this period he organized conferences at the Maison des Lettres of the Sorbonne where he forged connections with French literary critics, sociologists and writers as well as with the Bloomsbury Group in London (Leonard Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Vita Sackville-West, David Garnet, etc.) as a freelance writer for Louis Aragon's journal Les Lettres Francaises.

After teaching in Scotland, Turkey, Australia and the American Midwest, Lotringer joined the French and Comparative Literature Faculty at Columbia University in 1972, where he eventually became Professor Emeritus. In 1973, Lotringer founded the journal Semiotext(e) with a group of Columbia University graduate students. After three scholarly, bilingual issues on semiotics, Lotringer and his group organized the controversial "Schizo-Culture" conference in 1975 at Columbia University, which featured Felix Guattari, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Ronald D. Laing, Ti-Grace Atkinson, John Cage and William Burroughs, among others. In 1978, Lotringer staged "The Nova Convention", a large event that gathered in downtown New York most of the American counter-culture (from Patti Smith and Timothy Leary to Franz Zappa, Laurie Anderson and Allen Ginsberg) as an homage to William S. Burroughs.

Subsequent issues of Semiotext(e) moved away from the original scholarly format, enlisting a crew of artists and featuring experimental typographics, controversial topics and an ever-expanding cast of French theorists. In 1983, Lotringer founded Semiotext(e)'s Foreign Agents series to present their work in a portable book format stripped of the usual academic introductions and afterwords. In 1990, as "French Theory" became established in America, Chris Kraus added the Native Agents book series -- meant to present home-grown fiction writers as American counterparts to the French theorists -- to Semiotext(e)'s output. Later, Lotringer expanded Semiotext(e)’s roster to include an Active Agents series featuring, among others, the Black Panthers.

From the guide to the Sylvere Lotringer Papers and Semiotext(e) Archive, Bulk, 1973-2000, 1960-2000, (© 2012 Fales Library and Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Sylvere Lotringer Papers and Semiotext(e) Archive, Bulk, 1973-2000, 1960-2000 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Lynne Tillman Papers, Bulk, 1984-2006, 1923-2006 Fales Library & Special Collections
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Abish, Walter person
associatedWith Acconci, Vito, 1940- person
associatedWith Acker, Kathy, 1948-1997 person
associatedWith Alden, Todd person
associatedWith Anderson, Fortner person
associatedWith Aragon, 1897-1982 person
associatedWith Artaud, Antonin, 1896-1948 person
associatedWith Asada, Akira, 1957- person
associatedWith Asaoka, Kayko person
associatedWith Auster, Paul, 1947- person
associatedWith Balestrini, Nanni person
associatedWith Ballard, J. G., 1930-2009 person
associatedWith Barg, Barbara person
associatedWith Barthes, Roland person
associatedWith Bataille, Georges, 1897-1962 person
associatedWith Baudrillard, Jean, 1929-2007 person
associatedWith Beitchman, Philip, 1939- person
associatedWith Berardi, Franco person
associatedWith Berglund, Gregory person
associatedWith Bin Wahad, Dhoruba person
associatedWith Blanchot, Maurice person
associatedWith Breuer, Lee person
associatedWith Brown, Trisha, 1936- person
associatedWith Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997 person
associatedWith Cage, John person
associatedWith Callard, Andrea person
associatedWith Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 person
associatedWith Cantrell, Emily person
associatedWith Certeau, Michel de person
associatedWith Cherry, Regina person
associatedWith Christo, 1935- person
associatedWith Cixous, Hélène, 1937- person
associatedWith Cohen, Sande person
associatedWith Cooper, Dennis, 1953- person
associatedWith Cortez, Diego person
associatedWith Daitch, Susan person
associatedWith Davis, Lydia, 1947- person
associatedWith Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995 person
associatedWith Derrida, Jacques person
associatedWith De Sana, Jimmy person
associatedWith Diaz, George L. person
associatedWith Dickson, Jane person
associatedWith Dos Santos, Judite person
associatedWith Doubrovsky, Serge person
associatedWith Dunn, Douglas, 1942- person
associatedWith Edelstein, Leonard person
associatedWith Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 person
associatedWith Emerling, Susan person
associatedWith Falkner, Gerhard person
associatedWith Ferdière, Gaston, 1907- person
associatedWith Flanagan, Bob person
associatedWith Flato, Susie person
associatedWith Fleming, Jim person
associatedWith Fletcher, Jim person
associatedWith Foreman, Laura person
associatedWith Foreman, Richard person
associatedWith Foss, Paul person
associatedWith Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984 person
associatedWith Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 person
associatedWith Fuchs, Elinor person
associatedWith Ganahl, Rainer person
associatedWith Garnet, Eldon person
associatedWith Gente, Peter person
associatedWith Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 person
associatedWith Giorno, John person
associatedWith Girard, Rene person
associatedWith Glass, Philip person
associatedWith Godine, David R. person
associatedWith Goldmann, Lucien person
associatedWith Golub, Leon, 1922-2004 person
associatedWith Green, Denise person
associatedWith Guattari, Félix, 1930-1992 person
associatedWith Guyotat, Pierre, 1940- person
associatedWith Gysin, Brion person
associatedWith Hell, Richard person
associatedWith Hochroth, Lysa person
associatedWith Hollier, Denis person
associatedWith Holt, Nancy person
associatedWith Indiana, Gary person
associatedWith Intra, Giovanni, 1968-2002 person
associatedWith Irigaray, Luce person
associatedWith Jaussely, Jean-Jacques person
associatedWith Jeudy, Henri Pierre, 1945- person
associatedWith Joxe, Alain person
associatedWith Kamper, Dietmar, 1936-2001 person
associatedWith Kelsey, John person
associatedWith King, Kenneth, 1948- person
associatedWith Kinser, Sam person
associatedWith Kolber, Jane person
associatedWith Kraus, Chris, 1963- person
associatedWith Kristeva, Julia, 1941- person
associatedWith Lacan, Jacques, 1901-1981 person
associatedWith Laederach, Jürg, 1945- person
associatedWith Laing, R. D. (Ronald David), 1927-1989 person
associatedWith Lazarin, Michael person
associatedWith Lebel, Jean Jacques person
associatedWith Lévi-Strauss, Claude person
associatedWith Lindsay, Arto person
associatedWith Lischka, Gerhard Johann person
associatedWith Lord, Alan person
associatedWith Lorho, Robert, 1935- person
associatedWith Lotringer, Mia person
associatedWith Ludd, Deran person
associatedWith Lyotard, Jean-François, 1924-1998 person
associatedWith Mailer, Norman person
associatedWith Malanga, Gerard person
associatedWith Marazzi, Christian person
associatedWith Martel, Richard, 1950- person
associatedWith Masson-Sékiné, Nourit person
associatedWith Massumi, Brian person
associatedWith Mauron, Charles person
associatedWith McKeon, Roger person
associatedWith Menon, Becca person
associatedWith Milstayn, Yvonne person
associatedWith Mitchell, Eric person
associatedWith Morton, John person
associatedWith Mueller, Cookie person
associatedWith Müller, Heiner, 1929-1995 person
associatedWith Myles, Eileen person
associatedWith Nancy, Jean-Luc person
associatedWith Nechvatal, Joseph person
associatedWith Negri, Antonio, 1933- person
associatedWith Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 person
associatedWith Overlie, Mary person
associatedWith Paris, Heidi person
associatedWith Paris, Jean person
associatedWith Pélieu, Claude person
associatedWith Pell, Derek. person
associatedWith Peraldi, François, 1938-1993 person
associatedWith Perret, Delphine person
associatedWith Pichler, Cathrin person
associatedWith Pierssens, Michel person
associatedWith Poe, Amos person
associatedWith Polizzotti, Mark person
associatedWith Preston, John person
associatedWith Rabi person
associatedWith Raggenbass, Rolando, 1950- person
associatedWith Rattray, David person
associatedWith Ricardou, Jean person
associatedWith Riffaterre, Michael person
associatedWith Robbe-Grillet, Catherine, 1932- person
associatedWith Rower, Ann, 1938- person
associatedWith Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970 person
associatedWith Rutherford-Dyer, Robert person
associatedWith Sackville-West, Vita, 1892-1962 person
associatedWith Sanders, Ed person
associatedWith Santos, Laymert Garcia dos person
associatedWith Sarraute, Nathalie person
associatedWith Saussure, Ferdinand de, 1857-1913 person
associatedWith Scemama, Marion person
associatedWith Schoener, Allon person
associatedWith Séglard, Dominique person
associatedWith Sellers, Terence person
associatedWith Sherman, Stuart person
associatedWith Sidelsky, Monique person
associatedWith Silverberg, Ira person
associatedWith Simon, Claude person
associatedWith Sivadon, Danielle, 1937- person
associatedWith Smith, Duncan person
associatedWith Spero, Nancy, 1926- person
associatedWith Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty person
associatedWith Stadler, Matthew person
associatedWith Starobinski, Jean person
associatedWith Steir, Pat, 1940- person
associatedWith Stern, Dagmar C. person
associatedWith Thorstad, David person
associatedWith Tillman, Lynne person
associatedWith Todorov, Tzvetan, 1939- person
associatedWith Torreauta, Maurizio person
associatedWith Tweedie, Merylyn, 1953- person
associatedWith Ventura, Susana person
associatedWith Virilio, Paul person
associatedWith Vollman, William T. person
associatedWith Waliszek, Astrid person
associatedWith Weiss, Alan S. person
associatedWith Whitefeather, Selena person
associatedWith Wojnarowicz, David person
associatedWith Wolfson, Louis, 1931- person
associatedWith Wongpanlert, Thanya person
associatedWith Woolf, Leonard, 1880-1969 person
associatedWith Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 person
associatedWith Wulf, Christoph, 1944- person
associatedWith Živančević, Nina, 1957- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Germany.
Italy.
Berlin (Germany)
France.
Subject
Alternative spaces (Arts facilities)--New York (State)--New York
Occupation
Function

Person

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6q979nb

Ark ID: w6q979nb

SNAC ID: 11189724