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Graduate Students


Juan-Jacques Aupiais

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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.



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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. 

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Mariaenrica Giannuzzi

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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 (<>). She also helps to moderate<>, an online resource for the philosophy of social criticism.


JETTE gindner

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

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.

William Krieger

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Soeren larsen

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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.


Andreea Mascan

Phone: (607) 254-6578
Office: Goldwin Smith Hall, G69
Office Hours: T 10-11 & R 2:30-3:30




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.

sander oosterom

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Christine schott

C SchottChristine 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

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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.

annekatrin sommer

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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 Stoltz

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Matthew is interested in 18th-20th-century German and English philosophy and poetry; enlightenment and its historical reception;science and literature; theories of the comic;aesthetics, politics and rhetoric.

jacy tackett

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Nathan TaylorEmail:
Nathan Taylor is interested in German-language literature from the 19th to the 21st century, with particular attention to problems of literary representation, concepts of mimesis, and the relation between literature and knowledge. Other areas of interest include Frankfurt School Critical Theory, political economy, contemporaneity, and crisis. He is currently writing a dissertation on the relation between narrative and political economy since the 19th century that traces literary figurations of capital around moments of crisis in works by Keller, Walser, Kafka, Röggla, Jelinek, and others.

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