Duke University Linguistics Program

    Thomas Pfau
  • Thomas Pfau

  • Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English & Professor of German and Director of Graduate Studies: Carolina-Duke Program in German
  • English
  • 313 Allen
  • Campus Box 90015
  • Phone: 919-681-3098
  • Fax: (919) 684-4871
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014
    Mondays: 3:00-4:00 pm
    and by appointment
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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

      • "Rational Theology and the Catholic Critique of Modernity, 1780-1830."
      • The Oxford Handbook on European Romanticism.
      • Ed. Paul Hamilton (Kings C, London).
      • October, 2014.
      • (forthcoming)
      • "Wagner hören im Zeitalter kultureller Überdetermination: Adorno’s Versuch über Wagner."
      • Jenseits von Bayreuth: Richard Wagner Heute.
      • Ed. Stefan Boernchen, Georg Mein, eds..
      • Munich:
      • Fink Verlag,
      • March, 2014.
      • "Review of Tobias Boes, Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman."
      • Novel: a Forum on Fiction
      • (March, 2014)
      • .
      • "'A certain mediocrity"' Moral Sentiments and Early Behaviorism in A. Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments."
      • Romanticism and the Emotions.
      • Ed. Joel Faflak and Richard Sha, eds..
      • Cambridge UP,
      • February, 2014.
      • "History without Hermeneutics: Brad Gregory's Unintended Modernity."
      • The Immanent Frame
      • (November 6, 2013)
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      • [web]
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  • PhD Students

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

    • ENGLISH 184S.01
      • READINGS IN GENRE
      • Allen 317
      • MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    • XTIANTHE 890.03
      • THEOLOGICAL TOPICS
      • Divinity 042
      • M 06:00 PM-08:30 PM