Robert Doran

Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Affiliate in Music Theory




Robert Doran is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature for the Modern Languages and Cultures Department in the School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. He teaches courses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French literature and culture, in particular on the novel, romanticism, Napoleon, existentialism, and Paris. He also teaches courses on continental philosophy and contemporary French thought. His current research concerns philosophical aesthetics, in particular the concept of the sublime, literary theory, early French cinema (especially Jean Renoir), intellectual history, and historical theory. He is currently working on two book projects: Revolutionary Aesthetics: The Sublime in Nineteenth-Century France and The Ethics of Art.