Jason Hartford did his BA at Yale in Comparative Literature and his MPhil and DPhil at Oxford. He writes on modern fiction from France and Belgium, queer theory, and interpretations of religious figures, especially icons, in secular culture. His current research interests include psychoanalysis and cinema, fin-de-siècle science fiction, and the relation of modern French thought to other disciplines.
Prof. Goldenberg’s interview raises as many questions as it answers, in a good way. It seems to square the circle. She puts the topic of “religion” into context by making it disappear — or, to put it less cryptically, she insists that the codes by which we understand religion to be defined, and perhaps “made official”, are in fact no different from any other codes of law.