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Barbara Lekatsas

Barbara Lekatsas is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Hofstra University, where she was curator for many years of The Weingrow Collection of Avant-Garde Art and Literature, and currently teaches full time on literary and art movements. She has been affiliated throughout her life with another important archive, the Hatch-Billops Collection of African-American Culture (now housed at Emory University), where she met Wes Cochran, who invited her to write the essay for the exhibition, “Will Barnet and Bob Blackburn: An Artistic Friendship in Relief.”

Her most recent publication is, “Freud and Aristotle Read Sophocles’ Oedipus: The Dramatic and Philosophical Roots of Psychoanalysis,” An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, vol. 11 (2017). She just returned from New Zealand (and Hawaii), where she presented the paper, “At the Periphery Lies the Center: Women Artists and the Legacy of Surrealism,” which she is preparing for publication in a forthcoming volume entitled, Postdisciplinary Knowledge (Routledge). She has published essays on Andre Breton, Lafcadio Hearn, Camille Billops. Peggy Guggenheim, and many other artists and writers.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Andrea (my daughter)
  2. My sister Anastasia and her family
  3. My close friends
  4. Coffee in the morning
  5. Writing
  6. Poets
  7. Artists
  8. Travel
  9. Swimming
  10. Bicycle