Office Hours Fall 2020: By appointment
The Linguistic Condition: Poetics of Judgment in Our "Age of Critique" (forthcoming) (on “common sense” in Kant’s Third Critique and Eighteenth-Century Origin of Language Theory; includes chapters on language and epistemology in Kant and Diderot; on the “schema” in Kant’s “Transcendental Aesthetic” and theory of poetry in the Third Critique; on judgment and linguistic form in Kleist; on Wordsworth’s poetic theory and poetry; on language and the limits of experience in Diderot, Rousseau, Hegel, Wordsworth and Proust).
Words-Worth: Ethically Speaking, or Language in Action (forthcoming) (theory and practice of "the real language of men" in Wordsworth and related 18th-20th century poets and philosophers defining ethics and epistemology of poetics in contrast to affect).
In the Place of Language. Literature and the Architecture of the Referent. Fordham, 2009 (on the marking of place and making of referential historical knowledge in works by Goethe, Rousseau, and Kant, with discussions of Heidegger, Benjamin, Lanzmann and Schmitt; part of 3 vol. work, Writing and Building, on the role of architectural form in the discourses of philosophy and literature).
Lines of Thought. Discourse, Architectonics, and the Origin of Modern Philosophy Duke, 1996 (the cogito of Descartes’ Discours de la méthode in relation to his Géometrie; la querelle des anciens et modernes and the aesthetics of the Cartesian architectural theorist, Claude Perrault).
The Imposition of Form. Studies in Narrative Representation and Knowledge. Princeton, 1987 (Kant’s Logik in relation to the Third Critique and Second Critique; Kant’s critical epistemology in relation to narrative works by Goethe, Austen, Balzac, Stendhal, Melville, Proust).
Birth of a Nation’hood, co-edited with Toni Morrison, Pantheon, 1997.
Selected Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes
(See curriculum vitae for complete listing.)
"The Working of Narrative in Absalom, Absalom!," Amerika Studien/American Studies 23 (1978): 240-59
"The Coloring of Relations: Die Wahlverwandtschaften as Farbenlehre," MLN, Comparative Literature Issue 97 (1982): 1147-79.
"Donne: The Imaging of the Logical Conceit," ELH 49 (1982): 829- 848.
"Lessing and the Drama of the Theory of Tragedy," MLN, German Issue 98 (1983): 426-453.
"Architecture and Architectonics: 'The Art of Reason' in Kant's Critique," in Canon, Vol. 3 of The Princeton Journal: Thematic Studies in Architecture (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1988), pp. 103-117.
"Narrative Representation and Criticism: 'Crossing the Rubicon' in Clarissa," in Reading Narrative: Form, Ethics, Ideology, ed. James Phelan, Ohio State University Press, 1989, pp. 207-219.
"'The Impression of Movement'": Jean Racine, Architecte," in Autour de Racine: Studies in Intertextuality, ed. Richard Goodkin, Yale French Studies 74 (1989): 162-181.
"Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Hegel's 'Truth in Art': Concept, Reference, History," English Literary History 59 (1992): 592-623.
"Doing Things with Words: 'Racism' as Speech Act and the Undoing of Justice" (speech act theory in Rousseau and Austin), in Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power, edited and with an Introduction by Toni Morrison (New York: Pantheon Books/Random House, 1992), pp. 127-155.
"The Temporality of Convention: Convention Theory and Romanticism," (a comparative analysis of continental convention theory in the long eighteenth century and contemporary anglo-american analytic philosophy), in Rules and Conventions: Essays in Literature, Philosophy, and Social Theory, ed. Mette Hjort (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), pp. 391-418.
"Whatever Moves You: 'Experimental Philosophy' and the Literature of Experience in Diderot and Kleist," in The Tradition of Experiment from the Enlightenment to the Present, eds. N. Kaiser and D. Wellbery, (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1992), pp. 17-43 (short, partial version of book chapter from Enlightenment and Romanticism).
"'Terrible Novelty': Baudelaire's Vision of Building," in Nineteenth-Century French Studies in Literature and the Arts, ed. Keith Busby (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1992), pp. 43-57.
"'Is that Helen?': Contemporary Pictorialism and Aesthetics and Epistemology from Lessing to Kant," Comparative Literature 45 (1993): 230-57.
"Romantic and Postromantic Poetics" (poetry, and criticism, theory and philosophy of poetry, England, Germany, France, America, Spain, Italy, Russia, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Third Edition, Completely revised, ed. T. V. F. Brogan and A. Preminger (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993; rev. ed. 2012), pp. 1078-92 (double column, reduced).
"Twentieth-Century Poetics" (poetry, and criticism, theory and hilosophy of poetry, Germany and France, 1900 to the present), in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Third Edition, Completely Revised, ed. T. V. F. Brogan and A. Preminger (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), pp. 1319-26 (double column, reduced).
"Zur vermittelten Präsenz der deutschen Tradition" (linguistic nationalism and hybridity, Fichte to Heidegger), in Germanistik in den USA, ed. Willi Goetschel, special issue of the Weimarer Beiträge 3 (1993): 344-59.
"Zum Widerspruch der Konvention: Sprache und Gesellschaftsvertrag" (Rousseau and contemporary political theory) in Perspektiven der Dialogik, Hrg. Willi Goethschel (Vien: Passagen Verlag, 1994).
"Grounds of Comparison" (Descartes and Goethe), World Literature Today, special issue on theories of comparison, Vol. 69, No. 2 (1995): 271-74 (double column, reduced). (Chosen for translation and publication in a volume on theory of comparison, Poland, 2010.)
"Toni Morrison: Writing Above Ground," Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, March/April 1996, pp. 14-17, 43-47 (triple column)
"Architecture in the Discourse of Modern Philosophy: from Descartes to Nietzsche," The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities Issues and Debates series, volume on "Nietzche and an 'Architecture of Our Minds," ed. Irving Wohlfarth and Alexandre Kostka (Los Angeles:Getty Center, 1999).
"Komparatistik in den USA -- Vergleichen im multikulturellen Umfeld" (enlightenment comparative theory and multiculturalism in contemporary comparative literature), in volume, Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft. Konturen und Profile im Pluralismus, Hrg. Carsten Zelle (Opladen/Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1999).
"Matière chez Descartes: entre épistémologie et esthétique," in L’esprit cartésien, 2 vol., ed. Bernard Bourgeois et Jacques Havet (Paris: J. Vrin, 2000).
“Housing the Spirit in Hegel: From the Pyramids to Romantic Poetry,” in Rereading Romanticism, ed. Martha Helfer (Amsterdamer Beitraege zur neueren Germanistik, Bd. 47 2000), pp. 327-366.
"Narrate or Educate: Père Goriot and the Realist Bildungsroman," in Approaches to Teaching Balzac's Père Goriot, ed. Michal P. Ginsburg (New York: PMLA, 2000).
"'The Body Politic' and Social Contract Theory: the Phenomenon of ‘Total Alienation," in Bodies of Resistance: New Phenomenologies of Politics, Agency, and Culture, ed. Laura Doyle, (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press: Philosophy, Literature, and Culture Series, 2001), pp. 37-56
“‘Architectural History’: Hölderlin and Benjamin,” boundary 2, spring 2003.
“Szondi and Hegel: ‘The Troubled Relationship of Literary Criticism to Philosophy,” special issue of Telos Fall 2007.
“Beyond the Pleasure of the Principle of Death: Goethe’s Werther and Goldsmith’s Vicar of Wakefield,” in Einsamkeit und Geselligkeit um 1800, ed. S. Schmid and R. Emig (Hamburg: Carl Winter Verlag, 2008).
“Architecture in Kant and Heidegger: the ‘Building’ of Critique and the ‘House of Being,” in Recht und Frieden in Kant, Hrsg. R. Terra, Berlin: de Gruyter Verlag, Nov. 2008
“Technology as Timelessness: Building and Language in Faust,” solicited contribution to Twenty-First Century Faust Studies, ed. L. Fitzsimmons, Palgrave, Winter 2008.
“Framing the Sensuous: Objecthood and ‘Objectivity’ in Art after Adorno,” solicited contribution to Art and Aesthetics after Adorno, ed. Anthony Cascardi (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010).
“‘Auf das Wo komme es eigentlich an’: Memory, Catastrophe, and Society in Lanzmann, Rousseau, and Goethe,” in Katastrophe und Gedächtnis, ed. Thomas Klinkert and Günter Oesterle (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014).
“Remembering Swann: Memory and Representation in Proust, solicited contribution to ”Swann’s Way. A Norton Critical Edition. ed. Susanna Lee (New York: Norton, 2014)
“Aesthetic Activity,” in Toni Morrison. Memory and Meaning, ed. Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2014).
“‘The Real Horizon’ (beyond Emotions). What Proust (Wordsworth, Rousseau, Diderot, and Hegel) Had ‘in’ Mind,” in Rethinking Emotion. Interiority and Exteriority in Premodern, Modern, and Contemporary Thought, ed. Rüdiger Campe and Julia Weber (Berlin: de Gruyter Press, 2014)
Courses Recently Taught (fall 2008-fall 2014; on leave fall 2013-spring 2014)
Conceptions of the Sensory
Lyric Language and Form (Pts. I and II): Renaissance to Romantic (I); Romantic to Modern (II)
Dialectic and Difference
Literary Theory and Criticism
Descartes, Kant, Hegel
Topics in Critical Theory
Origins of Language
Fiction: Theory and Practice
Romanticism and Realism
“What is Enlightenment?” Social and Political Theory in the Age that Defined the “Human”
“The Ambiguous Image”: The Relation between Literary and Aesthetic Theory in Diderot, Lessing, Baudelaire and Benjamin
Interviews with Toni Morrison: