Ryan Frankel

English; French; Japanese
20th Century
Academic Area: 
Literature and Philosophy

Research Areas


My interests lie at the intersection of literature and philosophy. Rather than imposing existing theory on texts, I’m interested in how literature can inspire new philosophical questions and positions that reflect the complexity of human life. Right now, I’m finishing a book that proposes a novel philosophy of free will and interpersonal connection inspired by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Ikuhara Kunihiko’s Shoujo Kakumei Utena, two works that reveal the shortsightedness of traditional Western philosophers of free will as well as the poststructuralists who critique them. Likewise, jazz is a driving force in my life and research, and when I'm not reading or writing, you can usually find me shedding tunes in the park.