Duke University Linguistics Program

    Thomas Pfau
  • Thomas Pfau

  • Bass Fellow and Alice Mary Baldwin Professor and Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Chair of Germanic Languages
  • English
  • 312 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90015
  • Phone: (919) 681-3098
  • Fax: (919) 684-4871
  • Office Hours: Fall 2015
    Mondays: 2:00 - 3:30 pm (in 116E Old Chem)

    Wednesdays: 1:30 - 2:30 (in 312 Allen)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English, with secondary appointments in Germanic Languages & Literatures and in the Duke Divinity School. A native of Germany, Prof. Pfau began his academic career in 1980 as a student of History and Literature at the University of Constance. In 1982, he came to the U.S. where, at UC-Irvine, he joined the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature and Theory. In 1985, he continued his studies in the Comparative Literature Program at SUNY-Buffalo where he received his Ph.D. in 1989 with a dissertation on self-consciousness in Romantic poetry and theory (Wordsworth, Shelley, et al.). Since then, his interests have gradually broadened to include topics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, philosophy, and intellectual history. Besides translating and editing two volumes of theoretical writings by Hölderlin and Schelling, he also edited three essay collections on English Romanticism, as well as special issues of South Atlantic Quarterly (1996) English Romantic Review ( 2010, 2011), and Modernist Cultures (2005). To date, he is the author of three monographs: Wordsworth's Profession (Stanford UP, 1997) Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1794-1840 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005) and Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge (Notre Dame UP, 2013). He has published some thirty-five essays in numerous essay collections and scholarly journals on a wide range of writers, including Rousseau, A. Smith, Kant, Wordsworth, Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, Shelley, Goethe, Beethoven, Eichendorff, Schleiermacher, Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin and other writers and philosophers.
  • Specialties

    • Romanticism
    • Novels
    • Eighteenth Century Literature
    • Nineteenth Century Literature
    • Critical Theory
  • Research Summary

    19th Century Literature; Romanticism
  • Research Description

    Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English, with secondary appointments in Germanic Languages & Literatures and in the Duke Divinity School. A native of Germany, Prof. Pfau began his academic career in 1980 as a student of History and Literature at the University of Constance. In 1982, he came to the U.S. where, at UC-Irvine, he joined the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature and Theory. In 1985, he continued his studies in the Comparative Literature Program at SUNY-Buffalo where he received his Ph.D. in 1989 with a dissertation on self-consciousness in Romantic poetry and theory (Wordsworth, Shelley, et al.). Since then, his interests have gradually broadened to include topics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, philosophy, and intellectual history. Besides translating and editing two volumes of theoretical writings by Hölderlin and Schelling, he also edited three essay collections on English Romanticism, as well as special issues of South Atlantic Quarterly (1996) English Romantic Review ( 2010, 2011), and Modernist Cultures (2005). To date, he is the author of three monographs: Wordsworth's Profession (Stanford UP, 1997) Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1794-1840 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005) and Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge (Notre Dame UP, 2013). He has published some thirty-five essays in numerous essay collections and scholarly journals on a wide range of writers, including Rousseau, A. Smith, Kant, Wordsworth, Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, Shelley, Goethe, Beethoven, Eichendorff, Schleiermacher, Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin and other writers and philosophers.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Comparative Literature,
      • State University of New York at Buffalo,
      • 1989
      • M.A.,
      • Comparative Literature,
      • University of California at Irvine,
      • 1985
      • BA,
      • Double Major in English and History,
      • University of Constance, Germany,
      • 1982
  • Recent Publications

      • T Pfau.
      • "Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman."
      • NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION
      • 48
      • .1
      • (2015)
      • :
      • 136-139.
      • [web]
      • T Pfau.
      • "Review of Excellent Sheep: the Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz."
      • The Hedgehog Review
      • (2015)
      • .
      • T Pfau.
      • "Rational Theology and the Catholic Critique of Modernity, 1780-1830."
      • manual
      • .
      • The Oxford Handbook on European Romanticism.
      • Ed. HKC Paul and London.
      • (October, 2014)
      • .
      • (forthcoming)
      • T Pfau.
      • "Wagner hören im Zeitalter kultureller Überdetermination: Adorno’s Versuch über Wagner."
      • manual
      • .
      • Jenseits von Bayreuth: Richard Wagner Heute.
      • Ed. S Boernchen and G Mein.
      • Munich:
      • Fink Verlag,
      • (March, 2014)
      • .
      • T Pfau.
      • "Review of Tobias Boes, Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman."
      • Novel: a Forum on Fiction
      • (March, 2014)
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  • PhD Students

    • Thomas Manganaro
      • August, 2013 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
      • T. Manganaro is currently at work on his diss.
  • Teaching

    • XTIANTHE 953.01
      • JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
      • Langford 042
      • Tu 06:30 PM-09:00 PM