Lori Martindale

Lori Martindale


Lori Martindale, graduate 2013. Named Fellow 2013. A theorist and writer based in Washington. Interests: studies in Jacques Derrida, Avital Ronell’s work; Poetry; Literary Arts.

Lori Martindale, Ph.D. The European Graduate School, Switzerland, 2013. Martindale’s doctoral advisory committee was Wolfgang Shirmacher and Avital Ronell, and she completed her doctoral work Magna cum laude with the title“Ontologies of Leaving…”.

“Ontologies of Leaving” delves into works by Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Avital Ronell on finitude and “undecidable” intervals … in philosophy, poetry, literature; music, and art. Martindale revised her dissertation, published as On Leaving: Poetry, Daesthetics, Timelessness in 2014 (Atropos Press, 2014).

Martindale currently teaches a range of courses at Western Washington University in the Honors program, on ancient literature, medieval to modern literature – Dante’s Inferno to Kafka; contemporary North American Literature and Art, and special topics in Literature and Art. She also teaches introductory and theory courses in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments at Western.

In 2011, Martindale was one of ten international doctoral students chosen to participate in a PhD research fellowship with ground breaking philosopher Dr. Luce Irigaray. As a research fellow at The University of Bristol in England, she presented a chapter of her dissertation, titled: “Writing the Aperture” on Nietzschean fluxes in poetic language, and was awarded an honorary certificate for the seminar from Dr. Irigaray. Read about Irigaray’s workshop here on Irigaray’s website.

Currently, in addition to teaching, Martindale is working on another book and various articles. She has presented her scholarly work in public at the College of the Humanities at The University of Bristol, England (2011), and conferences in the U.S. such as PAMLA. Lori’s research work is in philosophy, literature, literary theory, ethics, deconstruction, feminist theory; the study of poetry, drama, gender studies, and writing.