Thomas Pfau (Principal Convener)
Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English & Professor of German and Director of Graduate Studies: Carolina-Duke Program in German, with secondary appointment in the Duke Divinity School.
A native of Germany, Thomas 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 two essay collections on English Romanticism, two special issues of English Romantic Review (forthcoming in 2010), and a special issue of Modernist Cultures (2005). To date, he is the author of two monographs: Wordsworth’s Profession (Stanford UP, 1997) andRomantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1794-1840 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005). He has published some thirty essays in numerous essay collections and scholarly journals on a wide range of writers, including Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Wordsworth, Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, Goethe, Beethoven, Eichendorff, Schleiermacher, Thomas Mann, et al. His latest monograph, Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press this Fall. For more information, please go to http://duke.academia.edu/ThomasPfau.