1989 Cornell University Ph.D. in Comparative Literature
1984 Cornell University M.A. in Comparative Literature
1981 Columbia University M.A. in English Literature
1979 Yale University B.A. in Philosophy
Ph.D. Dissertation: Rhapsodic Dispositions: Engenderments of the Ground
in the Discourse of the Beautiful Soul
(Shaftesbury, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger)
directed by Peter U. Hohendahl
(other committee members: Jonathan Culler and Richard Klein)
BOOKS: The Rhetoric of Cultural Dialogue: Jews and Germans
from Moses Mendelssohn to Richard Wagner and Beyond.
(Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.)
Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015).
B. EDITIONS: Books translated, with Introduction or Afterword:
Of the Sublime: Presence in Question. Essays by Michel Deguy, Eliane Escoubas, Jean-Luc Nancy, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Louis Marin, Jean-Francois Courtine, Jacob Rogozinski, trans.and ed., with an Afterword by Jeffrey S. Librett. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.
The Sense of the World, by Jean-Luc Nancy, trans. and ed. with a Foreword by Jeffrey S. Librett. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997.
C. SPECIAL ISSUES: Co-Edited (with David Luebke) and wrote Introduction for Special Issue of Konturen, "Up
Against the Wall," volume 4, fall 2013.
Edited and wrote Introduction for Special Issue of Konturen, "Borderlines in Psychoanalysis,
Borderlines of Psychoanalysis," volume 3, online Dec. 30, 2010.
Edited and wrote Introduction for Special Issue of Konturen, "Between Nature and Culture: After
the Continental-Analytic Divide," volume 2, online Dec. 30, 2009.
Edited and wrote Introduction for Special Issue of Konturen, "Political Theology: the Border in
Question," volume 1, online Dec 1, 2008.
D. ARTICLES: "How to Go Beyond an Ontotheology of the Subject? Anxiety in Kierkegaard and Heidegger"
Konturen, volume 7 (2015), 194-214.
"On an Intermittent Subject in Jean-Luc Nancy," Diacritics, Special Issue on "The Prepositional
Sense of Jean-Luc Nancy (1), 42.2 (2014): 36-58.
"Aesthetics in Deconstruction: Derrida's Reception of Kant's Critique of Judgment," The
Philosophical Forum: a Quarterly 43.3 (Fall 2012): 327-44.
“Historicist Orientalism as a Public Absolute: On Herder’s Typo-teleology,” Telos 159
(Summer 2012): 19-34.
"The Finitude of Method: Mourning Theory from the New Criticism to the New Vitalism,"
Comparative Literature 64.2 (Spring 2012): 121-49.
“Abstraction and Materiality in Post-Holocaust Art:
Colette Brunschwig’s Collage Series White Pebble for Paul Celan," in The Hyphenate Writer and the Legacy of Exile, ed. Paolo Giordano (Chicago: Bordighera Press, 2011), 37-57.
Polish translation of “The Practice of the World: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Liminal Cosmology Between
Theory and History,” in Nowa Krytyka 24-25 (2010): 251-69.
"From the Sacrifice of the Letter to the Voice of Testimony: Giorgio Agamben's Fulfillment of
Metaphysics" – Diacritics Special Issue on "Taking Exception with the Exception," 37.2-3 (Summer-Fall 2007): 11-33.
"'With these Repulsive Things Indissolubly Bound': Franz Kafka as Primal Scene," in American
Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences 64.4 (Winter 2007): 513-533.
“La terreur dans la philosophie: Heidegger en tant qu’homme européen,” in Le Portique:
revue de philosophie et de sciences humaines, trans. Martine Guyot-Bender. Special issue: Heidegger. La pensée à l’ère de la technique et de la mondialisation. 18 (Octobre, 2006): 103-8.
“Perversion and Freedom at Abu Ghraib.” Les enjeux de la perversion aujourd’hui/The Stakes of
Perversion Today. Quebec: GIFRIC, 2005. 63-78.
“Pomiedzy nihilizmem i mitem: wartosci, estetyka I polityka w Sensieswiata Jeana-Luca
Nancy’ego” (translation by Tomasz Zaluski of “Between Nihilism and Myth: Value, Aesthetics, and Politics in The Sense of the World,” which is my “Foreword” to The Sense of the World, listed above). Sztuka I Filozofia 22-23 (2003): 193-215.
“Orientalism and Panic in Franz Kafka’s “Great Wall of China.” (a): the journal
of culture and the unconscious 3.1 (Spring 2003): 1-11.
"Destabilizing Typologies: Jewish Works, Christian Faith, and the Passage from Orient to
Occident in G.E. Lessing’s Ernst und Falk: Gespräche für Freimäurer" The Germanic
Review 78.4 (Fall 2003): 301-18.
"How Does One Orient Oneself in Giving? Cultural-Political and Theological Implications of
Problematic Generosity in G.E. Lessing's Nathan the Wise." Lessing Yearbook 35 (2003): 35-59.
"Interpretation of Medicine or Medicine of Interpretation: Some Remarks on State, Religion, and
the Question of 'Lay Analysis'." (a): the journal of culture and the unconscious, 1. 2 (2001): 55-67.
"Force de la nature ou décadent manqué? -- Wagner vu par Nietzsche." Cultures en
mouvement, Dossier sur Nietzsche (Mai 2001): 47-51.
"Stolen Goods: Cultural Identity After the Counterenlightenment in Salomon Maimon's
Autobiography (1792)." New German Critique, special issue on the 18th century, 79 (Winter 2000): 36-66.
"Can a Jew Have Feelings? -- Aesthetics of Cultural Suicide in Moses Mendelssohn's Letters on
Sentiments." In Richard Block, Peter Fenves, eds., "The Spirit of Poesy": Essays on Jewish and German Literature and Thought in Honor of Géza von Molnár. Evanston: Northwestern U Press, 2000. 1-26.
"Humanist Antiformalism as a Theopolitics of Race: F. H. Jacobi on Friend and Enemy."
Eighteenth Century Studies 32:2 (Winter 1998-9): 233-45.
"The Splitting of the Superego in the Process of Self-Consolation: Psychoanalysis Between
Scientific Facts and Aesthetic Values." Savoir: revue de psychanalyse et d'analyse culturelle, Special issue on "La vérité, entre science et savoir," 4.1 (June 1998): 79-98.
"Interruptions of Necessity: Being Between Meaning and Power in Jean-Luc Nancy."
In Simon Sparks, Simon Sheppard, and Colin Thomas, eds., On Jean-Luc Nancy: the Sense of Philosophy. London: Routledge, 1997. 103-39.
"Figuralizing the Oriental, Literalizing the Jew: On the Attempted Assimilation of Letter to
Spirit in Friedrich Schlegel's Über die Sprache und Weisheit der Indier." The German Quarterly 69:3 (Summer 1996): 260-76.
"The Practice of the World: Jean-Luc Nancy's Liminal Cosmology Between Theory and History,"
International Studies in Philosophy 28.1 (Winter 1996): 29-44.
"Writing (as) the Perverse Body in Friedrich Schlegel's Lucinde." In Juliet Flower MacCannell
and Laura Zakarin, eds., Thinking Bodies. Palo Alto: Stanford U Press, 1994. 132-40.
"Schizotechnotheology in Some Zionist Texts: Melanie Klein and Martin Heidegger in the
Promised Land." American Journal of Semiotics 10: 3-4 (1993): 27-80.
"Vom Spiegelbild zur Unterschrift: Paul de Mans Ideologiebegriff und Schillers Dramen."
In Karl Heinz Bohrer, ed., Ästhetik und Rhetorik: Lektüren zu Paul de Man. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1993. 206-52.
"The Chorus of Crossing (Walls Made of Voices)." In Karen Haworth, John Deely, Terry Prewitt,
eds., Semiotics 1990, Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, Oct. 1990. Lanham, New York: UP of America, 1993. 288-93.
"From the Authority of Appropriate (De)form(ation) to -- : Toward de Man's Totalitarian Acts."
In Werner Hamacher, Neil Hertz, and Thomas Keenan, eds., Responses: on Paul de Man's Wartime Journalism. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1989. 314-23.
"East-West Dialogue as Exemplary Performance of the Hermeneutic: Toward Heidegger's 'Aus
einem Gespräch von der Sprache'." In Wimal Dassanayake, Steven Bradbury, eds., Literary History, Narrative, and Culture: Selected Conference Papers. Honolulu: U of Hawaii Press, 1989. 61-71.
"Wunderzeichen: from Signs of Wonders to Characters as 'Wonders' in Kant." In Semiotics 1986,
Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Semiotics Society of America, Oct. 1986. Lanham, New York, London: U Press of America, 1987. 285-95.
C. REVIEW ARTICLES, CATALOGUE COPY, RESPONSES: “From Here to’Over There’: the Transubstantiation of the Private(s) in the Culture of the Mass.”
de collages van Colette Brunschwig over Paul Celans poëzie” (with Dawn A. Marlan), in Colette Brunschwig en andere transposities van de poëzie van Paul Celan/et autre résonances autour de l’oeuvre poétique de Paul Celan, ed. Etty Mulder and Daan Van Speybroeck. Netherlands, Nijmegen University Press, 2003. 33-38.
"On the Matter of Method in Modernist German-Jewish Studies.”
The German Quarterly 76.1 (Winter 2003): 86-93.
"Is Psychoanalysis a Science?" review article on Donald Levy, Freud Amongst the Philosophers:
the Psychoanalytic Unconscious and its Philosophical Critics. Science as Culture 8.4
"L'antinomie de la faculté (psychanalytique) de juger: commentaire." In Christiane Kègle, ed.,
Transmission du savoir analytique. Québec: la Nuit blanche, 1995. 77-82.
D. BOOK REVIEWS: Review of Richard T. Gray, About Face: German Physiognomic Thought from Lavater to
Auschwitz (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004). In Comparative Literature 58.2 (Spring 2006): 175-77.
Review of Laurence A. Rickels, Nazi Psychoanalysis, in Monatshefte 96.3 (Fall 2004): 451-3.
Review of David Martyn, ed., Moses Mendelssohn, “Jerusalem, oder über religiöse Macht und
Judentun,” Vorrede zu Manasseh Ben Israel’s “Rettung der Juden”. Aisthesis Verlag,
2001, in The German Quarterly 76.3 (Summer 2003): 330-1.
Review of Jean-Michel Rey, La part de l'autre, in Sub-stance 89 (1999): 164-7.
Review of Eric Santner, My Own Private Germany: Daniel Paul Schreber's Secret History of
Modernity, in Modernism/Modernity 5:1 (January 1998): 196-8.
Review of Marina Foschi Albert, Friedrich Schlegels Theorie des Witzes und sein Roman
Lucinde, in Seminar: a Journal of Germanic Studies (Winter 1997): 217-20.
Review of Ortwin de Graef, Serenity in Crisis: a Preface to Paul de Man, in Sub-stance 24.1-
2 (1995): 208-12.
Review of Eitel Timm, Ketzer und Dichter: Lessing, Goethe, Thomas Mann, und die
Postmoderne in der Tradition des Häresiegedankens, in Lessing Yearbook, 23 (1991): 211-13.
Review of Hugh Silverman, Inscriptions: Between Phenomenology and Structuralism, in
Sub-stance 11.2-3 (1990): 210-13.
Review of H.E. Bödeker and Ulrich Herrmann, eds., Aufklärung als Politisierung--Politisierung
als Aufklärung, in Lessing Yearbook 21 (1989): 272-5.
Review of Slavoj Zizek, Le plus sublime des hysteriques: Hegel passe, in Newsletter of the
Freudian Field 3.1-3.2 (Spring/Fall 1989): 118-23.
Review of David Macey, Lacan in Contexts, in Newsletter of the Freudian Field 2.2 (Fall 1988):
E. TRANSLATIONS OF ARTICLES, A STORY, AND SOME POEMS:
1. German into English Peter U. Hohendahl, "Introduction" and "Literary Criticism in the Epoch of Liberalism, 1820-70,"
in Peter U. Hohendahl, ed., The History of German Literary Criticism, 1730-1980. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1988. 1-12, 179-276.
Werner Hamacher, "Disgregation of the Will: Nietzsche on the Individual and Individuality," in
Thomas C. Heller, Morton Sosan, and David Wellbery, eds., Reconstructing Individualism: Autonomy, Individuality, and the Self in Western Thought. Stanford: Stanford U Press, 1986, 106-39.
Harro Müller and Nikolaus Wegmann, "Tools for a Genealogical Literary Historiography," in
Poetics: International Review for the Theory of Literature 14 (1985): 229-41.
Alexander Kluge, "Mass Death in Venice," in New German Critique, 30 (Fall 1983): 61-3.
Rainer Stollmann, "Reading Kluge's 'Mass Death in Venice'," in New German Critique 30 (Fall
2. French into English: Jean-Luc Nancy, "War, Law, Sovereignty--techné,"in Verena Conley, ed., Questioning
Technologies. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 1993. 28-58.
Jean-Francois Courtine, "Phenomenology and/or Tautology," in John Sallis, ed., Reading
Heidegger: Commemorations. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana U Press, 1993. 241-57.
3. English into German: John Ashbery, "Night Life"and "The Ivory Tower" from Shadow Train, in collaboration with
Nikolai Hormess, in Sprache im technischen Zeitalter 101 (March 1987): 30-1.
WORKS IN PROGRESS: "Kant's Critique of Herder (from Teleology to Racism)" -- in circulation.
"Lessing's 'Grounding' of the Spirit as Religion and Family" -- in circulation.
“Martin Buber’s Reading of Taoism,” article forthcoming in essay collection on China in the
German Enlightenment, ed. Daniel Purdy (Toronto University Press).
"Moses," forthcoming in Handbuch Literatur und Psychoanalyse, eds. Frauke Berndt and Eckart
Co-editing Special Issue of Konturen on "What is a Thing?" with Nicholas Reynolds.
EDITORIAL POSITIONS: Board of Consultants: The Owl of Minerva, Journal of the Hegel Society of America.
Advisory Board: Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought (online monograph
series published by Cornell University Library and Cornell University Press)
Founding Editor: Konturen (online journal for German Studies and theory—
CONFERENCE PAPERS, LECTURES (*), AND SESSIONS CHAIRED (#): *"Jouissance and the Defect of Language: Reading Freud's Totem and Taboo through Jakobson
and Lacan," invited lecture in Training Sessions as GIFRIC, Québec, Canada, June 3, 2015.
"On the Subject of the Traumatic Metaphor (War Neurosis 1918)," at German Studies
Association annual convention, Kansas City, MO, September 21, 2014.
*"The Devil's Prescription: the Unconscious in Action," invited lecture in Training Sessions at
GIFRIC, Québec, Canada, June 4, 2-14.
"Anxiety of the Clinic" at MLA convention, January 2014, in Chicago, IL.
"Displacing Pauline Fulfillment: Martin Buber on "The Teaching of the Tao," at German Studies
Association annual convention, Denver, CO, October 5, 2013.
Summary of “Orientalism and the Question of the Jew” (a “teach-the-book” talk) – at Biennial
German-Jewish Studies Conference, Duke University, Feb 11, 2013.
* "How to Go Beyond an Ontotheology of the Subject? Anxiety in Kierkegaard and Heidegger,"
at conference on Kierkegaard and German Thought, May 11, 2012, at University of Oregon.
* "The Construction of China in Herder's Typoteleology" invited lecture presented at conference
on "Reading China during the Enlightenment," at Penn State University, Feb. 24-25, 2012.
*”Aesthetics in Deconstruction: Kant in Derrida,” invited lecture presented at conference on The
Legacies of Kant, III, at Cornell University, Sept. 17, 2011
*”Herder’s Chaos,” invited lecture presented at conference on Literature and the Public Sphere, at
Cornell University, April 29, 2011.
*"Mourning Theory: on the Borderline," lecture presented in Clinical Workshop at GIFRIC,
Québec, Québec, June 2009.
"Splitting Headaches: On the Borderline Between the Borderline and the
Narcissistic Personality Disorders," in conference on "Borderlines in Psychoanalysis, Borderlines of Psychoanalysis," University of Oregon. April 30-May 1, 2009.
*"Freud, Moïse et la psychanalyse de l'exile," invited lecture at GIFRIC, March 2009.
"Freud, Moses, and the Psychoanalysis of Exile" invited paper for conference on "The Hyphenate
Writer and the Legacy of Exile," University of Central Florida, February 22, 2008.
"Sacrifice and the Homo Sacer in Giorgio Agamben's Works and in the Holocaust," at German
Studies Association conference in San Diego on Oct. 5, 2007.
*“Abstraction and Materiality in Paul Celan’s The Rose of No One and Colette Brunschwig’s
White Pebble for Paul Celan,” at conference on Witnessing Genocide: Representations
and Responsibilities, at University of Oregon, April 29, 2007 (also on organizing committee for the conference)
“Orientalism and Political Theology in Schopenhauer,” at conference on “Political Theology: the
Border in Question,” a conference organized by JSL as Director of German Studies Committee at University of Oregon, March 1-2, 2007
“Art, Angst, and Egypt in Gautier and Hegel,” presented at MLA conference in Philadelphia,
*“Sovereignty and Liminality” lecture presented on Sept. 29, 2006 at
invitation-only conference at Cornell University on “Taking Exception to the Exception.”
at GIFRIC, Québec, Québec, in Clinical Case Seminar in psychoanalysis.
*“Goethe in the Desert: Biblical Criticism in the West-East Divan,” invited lecture presented on
March 10, 2006 at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. (Also presented in
December 2005 in the Work-in-Progress series of the Oregon Humanities Center, Eugene, OR.)
#Chaired a session on “Humanism from Lessing to Schiller Today” at the MLA Conference in
Washington, DC, Dec. 2005.
“Here, Now, As: Affirmation and Disavowal of the Border in Goethe’s West-East Divan,”
October 20, 2005, Conference of Western Humanities Alliance on Borders, Tucson, A..
*”Metaphysik des Orientalismus: Typologie und Panik von Lessing zu Kafka,” invited lecture in
workshop on orientalism at Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin, July 11, 05.
*“Goethes orientalisierender Augenblick: Zeitlichkeit und Typologie im West-Östlichen Divan,”
invited lecture at the Free University, Berlin, Comparative Literature Department, June 30, 05.
“The Pantheism Debates in the Twentieth Century: Leo Strauss on Spinoza,” in session of
Lessing Society at MLA conference, Philadelphia, Dec. 27, 2004.
*“Orientalism, Panic, and the Subject of (In)security in Franz Kafka’s “The Great Wall of
China,” lecture at colloquium of California Psychoanalytic Circle on “The Subject of
(In)security,” held at Cardozo Law School, New York, NY, May 2-4, 2003.
*“How to Orient Oneself in Contexts: Franz Kafka’s Beim Bau der chinesischen Mauer,” invited
lecture at New York University, Feb. 14, 2003.
*“Reading Contexts: Franz Kafka’s The Great Wall of China against the Ground of Orientalist
Discourse,” invited lecture at Northwestern University, Jan. 15, 2003.
“Germans, Indians, and Other Jews: Hegel on Abstract Materiality in the Bhagavad-Gita,” at
German Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA, Fri, Oct. 4, 2002.
*“Church and State in Mendelssohn, Buber, and the World Today,” invited lecture at UCLA, Jan.
"The Gift of the Origin: the Jew and the Orient in G.E. Lessing's "Ernst und Falk" and "Nathan
der Weise," presented at invited conference on "Orientalism and the Jews," University of
Toronto, May 6-7, 2001.
"The University of Reason and the Age of Transnational Capital: Kant Then and Now," presented
at invited conference on "Globalization and Nationalization," Stanford University, April 19-21, 2001.
"The University of Reason and the Age of Transnational Capital: Kant Then and Now," presented
at conference on "The University as Institution: Past, Present, and Future," at Loyola University Chicago, April 10-11, 2001.
*"The Gift of the Orient in Lessing's 'Nathan der Weise'" invited lecture at the University of
Maryland, College Park, February 13, 2001.
*"Figural Jews, Literal Christians, and the Birth of German Romanticism," invited lecture at the
Institute for German Cultural Studies, Cornell University, Sept. 8, 2000.
"How Does One Affirm One's Passivity?" response to paper by Wayne Froman on "Jean-Luc
Nancy and the Surprising Generosity of Being" at SPEP Conference (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), Eugene, Oregon, Oct. 8, 1999.
"De l'interprétation de la médecine à la médecine de l'interprétation: le rêve de la psychanalyse
médicale aux États-Unis," lecture at Centenaire de l'Interprétation des rêves (Traumdeutung) de Freud," organized by L'Association Internationale d'Histoire de la Psychanalyse and Espace Analytique at Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, May 28-30, 1999.
in the Analytic Experience," at Conference on The Subject: Encore, at UCLA, Sunday, March 7, 1999.
"Kant on the Limits of Fanaticism: Critique Between 'Philosophical' Faith and 'Rhetorical'
Reason" at MLA Conference, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 29, 1998.
*"Nietzsche on Wagner," public lecture at Chicago Cultural Center, March 15, 1996, in
connection with Lyric Opera production of the Ring
"Judaism as the Principal of the Figural in Friedrich Schlegel's Lucinde," at MLA Conference,
Chicago, IL, Dec. 29, 1995
"From Rhetorical Jew to Aesthetic German: the Cultural Politics of Figural, Sensuous
Presentation in Mendelssohn's Über die Empfindungen,"at M/MLA Conference, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 3, 1995
*"Psychic Structures and the Right: Homophobia, Sexism, and the Male Identity Crisis," session
chaired at 6th Annual Midwest Radical Scholars and Activists Conference on "The Rise of the Right," held at Loyola University Chicago, Oct. 27-9, 1995
"The Event of the World: Jean-Luc Nancy's Liminal Cosmology Between Theory and History," at
conference on World, Community, and Place, Program in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture, Binghamton, University, SUNY, April 25, 1995
*"Orientalism as Annihilation of Difference: Mechanical and Organic Cultures in F. Schlegel's
On the Language and Wisdom of the Indians," lecture at Loyola University Chicago, Jan. 25, 1995, at opening of First Annual Lecture Series of the German Studies Committee on "German Identities, German Differences"
#"Mechanisms of the Organic in Friedrich Schlegel," in session I chaired and organized on
"Orientalism as Cultural Imperialism in German Texts," at M/MLA Conference, Nov. 11, 1994, Chicago, IL
*#"The Ontorhetoric of Truth in Moses Mendelssohn's Morning Hours: Lectures on the Existence
of God," lecture at conference on "Unveiling Imitation: Mimesis and Truth in Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural Studies," jointly sponsored by Loyola Univ. Chicago (as representd by myself) and the Collège international de philosophie (as represented by Jacob Rogozinski), April, 29, 1994
"L'antinomie du jugement critique de l'inconscient," response to Danielle Bergeron, a colloquium
on La transmission du savoir analytique, Québec, Dec. 4, 1993
"Windows as Bars, Fences as Gates: Dorothea Schlegel's Florentin Between Literal and Figural,"
M/MLA Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 5,1993.
"(Un)splitting the Orient, Grounding Occidental Drift," response to Marc Penka, M/MLA
Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 6, 1993
"Divisions of Church and State in Mendelssohn's Jerusalem," IAPL Conference, San Francisco,
CA, May 1992
#"Improprieties: Theft as Model of Cultural Consumption in Solomon Maimon's
Lebensgeschichte," M/MLA Conference, Chicago, IL, Nov. 15, 1991, in session I organized on "Aporias of Emancipation: Texts by and about Jews in the German Enlightenment"
"The Yawning of Metaphysics (Heidegger's Mouth)," Eighth International Colloquium in
Twentieth Century French Studies, Austin, TX, March 21-3, 1991
#Chaired and organized Comparative Literature session at M/MLA Conference, Kansas City,
MO, Nov. 1-3, 1990, on "Juridical Hallucinations: Withdrawals of the Law in (psychotic?) Texts" (contributors: Sanford Ames, Alina Clej, Herman Rapaport, Lawrence Rickels)
"The Chorus of Crossing (Walls Made of Voices)," Semiotics Society of America Conference,
Oct. 15, 1990
*"Vom Spiegelbild zur Unterschrift: Paul de Mans Ideologiebegriff und Schillers Dramen,"
lecture delivered at Universität Bielefeld, June 21, 1990 and at Freie Universität Berlin, July 2, 1990
"Writing (as) the Perverse Body in Schlegel's Lucinde," IAPL Conference on "Bodies," Irvine,
CA, April 23, 1990
"L'écriturire: du réel," lecture on Freud's Witz-book presented at training session of Groupe
interdisciplinaire freudien de recherches et d'interventions cliniques et culturelles (GIFRIC), Québec City, Feb. 23, 1990, in training sessions on "Éthique et analyse du fantasme dans la cure"
#"The Beautiful Soul as Psychotic: Staging of the Mirror in Schiller's Kabale und Liebe," at MLA
Conference, Washington, DC, Dec. 29. 1989, in session I organized on "Aesthetic Ideology in Schiller: Divergent Perspectives After de Man"
"Proscriptions of Description, or Playing the Panopticon During AIDS," response to Sanford
Ames and Stephen Infantino in Comparative Literature session on "Literature After AIDS," at M/MLA Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 4, 1989
*"The Overlaying of Dispositions: Reading the Kantian Sublime with Heidegger," lecture at
Loyola University Chicago in English Department Lecture Series, "Talk about Theory," Oct. 25, 1989
"The De-limitation of the Psychotic Signifier and the Rhetoric of the Sublime: Lacan avec Kant,"
Conference on Lacan, Discourse, and Politics, Kent State, Ohio, May 25-8, 1989
"Hegel's Double Plot: the Story of the Moral," IAPL Conference on "Dialectics and Narrative,"
Atlanta, GA, May 5, 1989
*"The Psychosis of Conscience: Degenerations of the Me in Hegel and Lacan," lecture at
University of Iowa, April 5, 1989
"East-West Dialogue as Exemplary Performance of the Hermeneutic: Toward Heidegger's
Aus einem Gespräch von der Sprache," Literary History East and West: an International Conference, Manoa, Hawaii, April 28-30, 1988
"Ethics of the Uncanny: Remarks on the Oneiric Architectonics of Lessing's Nathan der Weise,"
Loyola Univ. Chicago, Jan. 1988; and SUNY Stony Brook, Jan. 1988; and Text and Presentation: Comparative Literature Conference XII, Gainsville, FL, March 24-6, 1988; and Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, April 21-4, 1988
*"Common Sense and the Exhaustion of Theory: Two Exemplary Views (Shaftesbury and
Kant)," lecture at Univ. of Arizona Colloquium on Comparative Literature and Theory, Tucson, AZ, Oct. 21, 1987
"For Schor," response to Naomi Schor, as 14th Annual Alabama Symposium on English and
American Literature, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Oct. 10, 1987
*"Hölderlin's Hyperions Schicksalslied," lecture for Univ. of Arizona Chorus, Oct. 7, 1987
*"Paul Celan's Translation of Symbolism," lecture at The American College in Paris, March 1987
*"Goethe's 'Bekenntnisse einer schönen Seele': Letter and Spirit," lecture at Univ. of California at
Santa Barbara, Jan. 1986
"Wunderzeichen: from Signs of Wonders to Characters as 'Wonders' in Kant," Eleventh Annual
Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 17, 1986
AREAS OF INTEREST: -- Eighteenth Century German and Comparative Literature
-- Nineteenth Century German and Comparative Literature
-- Modernism in German and Comparative Literature
-- Modern Jewish Studies
-- History of Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Heidegger)
-- Contemporary French Philosophy
-- Contemporary critical theory
(psychoanalysis, neo-Marxism, (post)structuralism, feminism, cultural and ethnic studies)
LANGUAGES: German: Native Fluency
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE: University of Oregon (Fall 2005-)
Service Roles Co-Director of Translation Studies Certificate Program, 2015-
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2015-
Head, Dept. of German and Scandinavian, Fall 2008-2015
(sabbatical leave 2010-11)
Acting Director of Graduate Studies, Fall 2009, Spring 2015.
Acting Head, Dept. of German and Scandinavian, Spring 2007
Co-director, German Studies Committee, 2005-6
Director, German Studies Committee, 2006-
Oregon Humanities Center Board, 2006-9
Judaic Studies Executive Committee, 2004-
Comparative Literature, Program Faculty, 2005-8
“Witnessing Genocide” conference organizing committee member
1991 Loyola Univ. Core Curriculum Development Grant
1989 Loyola Univ. Summer Research Award
NEH Fellowship for Summer Institute
"Image and Text in the Eighteenth Century"
(Michael Fried and Ronald Paulson, Johns Hopkins Univ.)
Cornell Univ. German Dept. Direct Exchange Fellowship
(Freie Universität Berlin)
1981 High Honors—Columbia Univ. English Master’s Degree
Columbia Univ. Fellowship
APPENDIX -- COURSES TAUGHT: University of Oregon, Professor of German (Fall 2004-)
-- Introduction to German Culture and Society (in German, multiple variants)
-- Themes in German Literature (in German, multiple variants)
-- German Cinema (in English)
-- Representations of the Holocaust in Literature, Film, and Monument (in English,
-- History of Madness (Honor's College, taught in English)
-- The Cultures of Dream: Literature, Art, Science (Honor's College, taught in English)
Mixed Undergraduate and Graduate -- Anxiety (Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Freud, Bernhard)
-- If the Shoe Fits Wear It: Fetishism and Anxiety in Literary Studies
-- Spinozism and Nihilism
-- Political Theology
Graduate -- Literary Theory
-- The Holocaust and the Question of Representation
-- Orientalism in Goethe – West-Östlicher Divan (in German)
-- Borderlines in/of Psychoanalysis (in English)
-- Lyric Poetry (multiple variants, in German and English)
-- Orientalism and the Philosophy of History (Lessing, Herder, Hegel) (in English)
University of Chicago, Visiting Assoc. Prof. of German (Winter Quarter 2000): Graduate seminar on "Walter Benjamin and the Temporalities of Modernism"
Loyola University Chicago (Fall 1988-Summer 2004): Theory-Focused Courses -- Introduction to Literary Theory (graduate and undergraduate versions)
-- Pessimism and Nihilism in European Texts
-- Conscience in German Literature and French Thought
-- The Interdisciplinary Honor’s Seminar:
Developments in the History of Western Thought
-- Psychoanalysis and Frankfurt School Cultural Theory (cross-listed with Phil. Dept.)
-- Temporalities in Modernism (cross-listed with Phil. Dept.)
-- Philosophies of the University (cross-listed with Phil. and History Depts.)
-- Pantheism: from Spinoza to Deleuze (cross-listed with Phil. and Theol. Depts.)
-- German Romantic Literature and Philosophy (cross-listed with Phil. Dept.)
-- Between Philosophy and Literature: Psychoanalysis as a Discourse of the Laiety
(cross-listed with Phil. Dept.)
-- Introduction to German Literature: Medieval to Romantic
-- Introduction to German Literature: Romanticism to Present
-- Versions of Faust (Goethe through Mann)
-- The European Novel in the Nineteenth Century
-- Decadence in European Texts
-- Modernism and Memory in European Texts
-- German Lyric Poetry
-- Fascism and Literature in Germany and France
-- The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: History, Literature, and Theory
-- Jewish Writers in European Modernism
-- Orientalism in German Texts
-- Orientalism in European Romanticism (graduate and undergraduate versions)
Culture-Focused Courses: -- Eighteenth Century German Literature and Culture
-- Nineteenth Century German Literature and Culture (offered annually through 2001)
-- Twentieth Century German Literature and Culture (offered annually through 2001)
-- German Cultural History
Language Courses: -- First Year German
-- Second Year German
-- Third Year German
-- German for Reading Knowledge
University of Arizona (1987-8): Graduate courses: -- Eighteenth Century German Prose
-- Cultural Development of Germany--Middle Ages through the Nineteenth century
-- Second year language
-- German Literature Survey--Middle Ages through Romanticism
Freie Universität Berlin (1984-7): Undergraduate teaching in Comparative Literature:
-- Zum Stellenwert der figürlichen Sprache in Hegels Ästhetik
-- Zur Rhetorik des (ästhetisch-ethischen) Individuums: Shaftesbury und die Folgen (Lehrauftrag)
-- Einleitung in die Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft: "New Criticism" (Tutorium)
Cornell University (1982-3): -- Freshman seminars on romantic and modernist fiction and composition, 3 semesters