Rebecca Comay, Ph. D
Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Director of the Literary Studies Program
Office Phone: 416-585-4437
Office Location: Northrop Frye Hall Room 317
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA


B.A. - Philosophy and Ancience Languages (University of Toronto)
M.A. - Egyptology and Assyriology (Yale University)
Ph. D - Philosophy (University of Toronto)


Professor Rebecca Comay is a Professor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Literary Studies, and the Director of the Literary Studies Program at the University of Toronto. Furthermore, she is an associate member of Jewish Studies and the German Department. A prolific author, Professor Comay has published numerous books and articles, particularly on the areas Hegel and the 19th century German philosophy, contemporary French philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, trauma and memory, and Proust. Recently, Stanford University Pressed published her book Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution. Her research also focuses on Marx and Marxism, Benajmin and Adorno, and contemporary art and architecture. In addition to teaching, Professor Comay is also currently focusing on several projects, including a project on ruins, revolutionary erasure and the theological-political idea of the tabula rasa.


Selected Publications

"Proust's Remains," in October 144 (2013)

"Hegel's Last Words: Mourning and Melancholia at the end of the Phenomenology," in J. Nichols and A. Swiffen, eds., The Ends of History (2012

Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution (Stanford 2011)