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

Summer Renault-Steele

Payne 309
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Renault-Steele is Visiting Instructor in the Philosophy Department for the 2013-14 academic year. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University. Her dissertation, “Siegfried Kracauer’s Girlie Motif: An Inconspicuous Feminist Philosophy,” aims to unfurl the controversial trope of the girl in Kracauer’s Weimar-era writings.

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.


M.A. Philosophy, Villanova University (2012)

M.A. Social and Political Thought, York University (2008)

B.A. Philosophy, granted with honors, Trent University (2006)


Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Aesthetic Theory and Visual Cultures, Semiotic Theory and Philosophy of Language, Social and Political Philosophy


WRIT 100 Postmodernism, Power and the Cultural Imagination 

ENGL 293 Spectatorship and Sexuality


Selected Publications


"Lipstick Signification and Written Flirtation: Gendering Metaphor in Locke's 'The Abuse of Words,'" Concept: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies 36 (2013).

“Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism,” APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 10 (forthcoming, 2013).

“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 (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 (2010): 1-12