Jerrold Seigel is the Williams J. Kenan, Jr., emeritus professor of history at New York University. His research concerns the themes of social and cultural theory, the history of selfhood and subjectivity and relations between art and society. He is the author of Marx’s Fate: The Shape of a Life; Bohemian Paris: Culture, Politics and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Life, 1830-1930; The Private Worlds of Marcel Duchamp: Desire, Liberation and the Self in Modern Culture, and most recently, The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience in Europe since the Seventeenth Century.