Summer Renault-Steele Visiting Instructor of Writing, English, and Film

Summer Renault-Steele

Payne 309
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Renault-Steele’s research centers on the nature and function of figurative language and image, with particular attention to its political implications. Drawing on the theoretical insights and methodological strategies of critical and semiotic theory, aesthetics and feminist philosophy, her scholarship explores the relationship between cultural tropes, caricatures and motifs, and the particular historical, political and technological milieu in which they circulate.


B.A. Philosophy, Trent University

M.A. Social and Political Thought, York University

M.A. Philosophy, Villanova University


Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy (special emphasis in Feminist Thought) Aesthetics and Visual Culture


WRIT 100—Power and the Cultural Imagination

ENGL 293—Spectatorship and Sexuality

FILM TBA—Film: Medium of a Disintegrating World

Selected Publications

Book Reviews

“Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism.”APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 10:1 (Fall 2013): 25-27.

“Critical Leverage in the Current Conjuncture: A Dialogue with Gabriel Rockhill Concerning Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique.” PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture 7:1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 347-364.


“No God, No Caesar, No Tribune! Cornelius Castoriadis Interviewed by Daniel Mermet.” Translated with Gabriel Rockhill and the Villanova French Translation Workshop. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 15:1 (Fall 2010): 1-12.