Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Ravit Reichman

Fall 2023 Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of English
Project “Possessive Cases: The Propertied Imagination in Modern Times”
Last updated June 21, 2023


Ravit Reichman is Associate Professor of English. She works at the intersection of literature, law, and psychoanalysis. Her first book, The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2009) examines law and literature in the context of the world wars. At the Cogut Institute, she will be completing a study of property’s cultural and psychological life, “Possessive Cases: The Propertied Imagination in Modern Times,” which offers a genealogy of property’s expansive role in our psychic life, beginning with more conventional notions of property and ending in ideas of property restitution as a vehicle for justice. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a Howard Foundation Fellow.