Gans Eric - bio page

Emeritus Distinguished Professor
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Editor, Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology
Moderator, GAlist
Author, Chronicles of Love and Resentment (WWW column)
(See also Professor Gans' Wikipedia entry.)

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Literature since 1800
  • Critical Theory
  • Generative Anthropology
  • Film
  • Carole Landis

Background

  • Born Bronx, NY, 1941
  • Bronx HS of Science, 1957
  • Columbia BA 1960 (summa cum laude)
  • Johns Hopkins PhD 1966 (with distinction)
  • Taught at Fredonia, NY (SUNY) and Indiana University; came to UCLA in 1969.
  • Chair 1974-77, 81-86, 2002-03 (acting).

Selected Publications

Books

  • The Discovery of Illusion; Flaubert's Early Works, 1835-1837. (1971)
  • Un pari contre l'histoire; les premières nouvelles de Mérimée (Mosaïque). (1972)
  • Musset et le "drame tragique"; essai d'analyse paradoxale. (1974)
  • Le paradoxe de Phèdre suivi de Le paradoxe constitutif du roman. (1975)
  • Essais d'esthétique paradoxale. (1977)
  • The Origin of Language: A Formal Theory of Representation. (1981)
  • The End of Culture: Toward a Generative Anthropology. (1985)
  • Madame Bovary: The End of Romance. (1989)
  • Science and Faith: The Anthropology of Revelation. (1990)
  • Originary Thinking: Elements of Generative Anthropology. (1993)
  • Signs of Paradox: Irony, Resentment, and other Mimetic Structures. (1997)
  • The Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day. (2007)
  • Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl. (2008)
  • A New Way of Thinking: Generative Anthropology in Religion, Philosophy, Art. (2011)
  • The Girardian Origins of Generative Anthropology. (2012)
  • bijela krivnja / white guilt. (2013)

Selected Recent Articles

  • "Clouzot's Cruel Crow." p.o.v.: A Danish Journal of Film Studies 20 (12/2005): 51-58.
  • "John Rawls's Originary Theory of Justice." Contagion 13 (2006): 149-58.
  • "White Guilt, Past and Future." Anthropoetics  12, 2 (Fall 2006/Winter 2007) (http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap1202/wg.htm): 8 pp.
  • “Qu’est-ce que la littérature, aujourd’hui?” New Literary History 38, 1 (Winter 2007): 33-41.
  • “On Firstness” (45-57) and “Generative Anthropology and Bronx Romanticism” (153-164). The Originary Hypothesis: A Minimal Proposal for Humanistic Inquiry (ed. Adam Katz), Davies Publishing Group, 2007.
  • “Generative Anthropology: A New Way of Thinking?” Anthropoetics 13, 2 (Special GATE Issue, Fall 2007). (http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap1302/1302gans.htm)
  • "La priméité: de l'origine à l'Holocauste et au-delà." In René Girard, Paris: L'Herne, 2008, 255-60.
  • "Religion et connaissance." Intellectica, 50 (2008/3): 61-72.
  • "René et moi." In For René Girard, ed. Goodhart et al., East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2009, 19-25.
  • "A Brief Analysis of Deconstruction." Dialectic (U of Utah School of Architecture), 1 (2011-12): 31-34.
  • "Eric Gans traduit Les Fleurs du Mal de Baudelaire." [Introduction and translations of twelve sonnets.] Po&sie 144 (Fall 2013): 146-58.

For a more complete listing, see Professor Gans' personal website.

Professional Activities

  • Founded Anthropoetics: The Electronic Journal of Generative Anthropology (http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/) May 1995, now in its 20th year.
  • WWW column, "Chronicles of Love and Resentment" (http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/views/home.html), July 1995 - present; 470+ Chronicles through 2014.
  • Keynote speaker at eight annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conferences: UBC - Vancouver (2007), Chapman U - Orange, CA (2008), Ottawa U (2009), Westminster College - Salt Lake City and Brigham Young U - Provo, Utah (2010), High Point U., NC (2011), International Christian University, Tokyo (2012), UCLA (2013), Victoria, B.C. (2014).

Honors and Awards

  • Prix de la langue française - Académie Française 1977
  • Chevalier des Palmes Académiques 1982