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Juan-Jacques Aupiais hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his bachelor's degree in the German department at Princeton University, where his focus was on German Intellectual history and his independent research approached the work of Kant, Heidegger, and Hölderlin. JJ comes to Cornell to further develop his interests in German intellectual history, especially with a view to investigating the global reception and place within comparative intellectual history of German philosophy and literature, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Matteo Calla is interested inspectatorship and the role of aesthetics in the production of publics. His dissertation examines how Klopstock and Lessing’s own eighteenth-century experiments in mass spectatorship – the poetic Vorlesung and bürgerliches Trauerspiel – seek to produce affective engagement by playing with the tension between form and the expectation of meaning to come, demonstrating how this understanding of aesthetics is repressed in the emergent discourse of the autonomous liberal subject and its fanatical other. He is also currently pursuing a project examining the political ideologies embedded in the aesthetics of major team sports. Authors of significant research interest include Klopstock, Lessing, Kant, Benjamin, Gadamer, Arendt and Herta Müller.
Mariaenrica Giannuzzi received her MA degree in philosophy from the University La Sapienza in Rome. Her MA-thesis probes the intellectual history of German geology as it is mined in the works of Paul Celan. Mariaenrica is co-curator of IAPhItalia, the Italian web site of The International Association of Women Philosophers (Iaphitalia.org<http://iaphitalia.org/>). She also helps to moderate effimera.org<http://effimera.org/>, an online resource for the philosophy of social criticism.
Jette Gindner works on literature and cinema from the 19th to the 21st century, literary and cinematic realisms and theories of realism (in particular, rereading Lukács against Lukács), as well as the relationship of Marxian value-form theory and the politics of aesthetic form. Her dissertation project analyzes contemporary German-language literature and cinema as mediations of capitalist crisis, especially the still unfolding 2008 financial and economic crisis and the elimination of human labor from industrial production, against the historical-political backdrop of postsocialism. Her scholarship is also informed by her Master’s degree in Economics and Philosophy (London School of Economics).
Miyako Hayakawa is developing her interests in and around narrative theory, models of intersubjectivity and translingualism in 19th and 20th Century German literature, as well as seeing/reading in various media.
Stephen Klemm is interested in 19th-and 20th-Century German philosophy and literature with particular interest paid to questions of ethics and Bildung in German Romanticism and Idealism. Other areas of interest include the influence of Ancient philosophy, specifically Plato and Aristotle, on German philosophy and literature throughout the 19th-and 20th-Century.
Soeren Larsen received an MA in comparative Literature from University of Copenhagen and an MA in English Literature from University of Virginia. He focuses on German Idealism, Lacanian psychoanalysis and post-enlightenment literature, literary theory, political-theology, Heidegger,Marxism, German philosophy in France.
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Matthias joined the Graduate Program in 2014. His interests include life writing, German baroque literature and its aftermath, literary modernism, intellectual history, and the history of concepts.
Christine is currently writing her dissertation on Paul Celan and the philosophical, philological and public reception of the poet in postwar Germany and Europe, and asks how this reception responds to the plagiarism charges Celan faced in the 1960s. Christine's interest include: hermeneutic theory and philology, theories of text and reading, postwar and contemporary poetry that challenges notions of intelligibility and practices of reading (including performance and sound poetry), German-Jewish Studies, esp. Jewish intellectual life in Germany and Europe after 45, law and literature, contemporaneity and friendship in criticism. In addition, Christine has a passion for contemporary visual art, and publishes reviews of emerging artists.
Pauline Selbig comes to us from Berlin as part of thegraduate student exchange we have with the Humboldt university. Pauline studied German Literature and Scandinavian Studies in Berlin and Bergen (Norway). Shewrote her Master thesis on 'structural pain', memory, and family in the work of Nancy Hünger. While at Cornell she plans to begin work on her dissertation on Walter Benjamin's Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels. In preparation for thatshe is transcribing the only remaining 'Trauerspielbuch' manuscript, which is part of the holdings of the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem.
Annekatrin Sommer studied German literature, rhetoric and literary and cultural theory in Tübingen and St. Louis before she came to Cornell as a Graduate Student in 2014. Her interests include German literature from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century, psychoanalysis and gender and queer theory.
Matthew’s research investigates the interplay between theology, aesthetics, and literature from the Enlightenment to Early German Romanticism. His dissertation traces a constellation of literary figures (Klopstock, Lessing, Novalis) attempting to restore a sense of wholeness to religious subjectivity, which had suffered from the effects of modern skepticism. The project compares the different methodological approaches developed by each author, and explores how literature not only became fully conversant in the dialogue between faith and reason, but also helped shape modern conceptions of faith. Related areas of interest include: philosophies of history; questions of theodicy; secularization debates; politics and theology; rhetoric and hermeneutics.
Nathan Taylor is completing a dissertation on “The Value-Form: Economies of Prose and Life after Goethe” that examines literature’s concern with its own worth in 19th- and early 20th-century German-language prose texts (Tieck, Keller, R. Walser) against the backdrop of a developing hermeneutics of life in the 19th century. Nathan’s research and teaching interests include 19th-, 20th-, 21st-century German-language literature, economics and literature, poetics of knowledge, critical and aesthetic theory, Frankfurt School, theories of realism, mimesis, the novella and the novel. Nathan is currently teaching in the Department of Modern German Literature at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main.