Category Archives: academia

The irreducible significance of literature: David Wellbery on Goethe, Cavell and de Man

David E. Wellbery is LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson Professor at University of Chicago, where he chairs the Department of Germanic Studies and is a member of the Committee on Social Thought. A renowned scholar of the German tradition, … Continue reading

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On Beauty

On 26 April 2017 I participated in a panel discussion on beauty in Berlin. Here’s what I and the others said: The word “beautiful” is used in relation to a loose range of phenomena. When we look for beauty in … Continue reading

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Ernst, Tragisch, Problematisch – Guido Mazzoni on Late Capitalism and the Theory of the Novel

Guido Mazzoni is a poet, essayist and a founding editor of Le parole e le cose, Italy’s leading cultural webzine. He is a professor at the University of Siena. In 2011 he published Teoria del romanzo, which has now been … Continue reading

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On Dylan and the Nobel

I’ve recently taken over editorship of a Berlin literary studies blog, which probably means I’ll only have time to make things appear there in the near future. Here’s something I wrote about the recent Nobel Prize award to Bob Dylan: … Continue reading

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Trolling the New College of the Humanities

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Zwischen Überlieferung und Kritik: Moderne und Postmoderne Haltungen gegenüber dem Problem der Legitimität

An old conference paper of mine in German is now available in the online journal Paedeia, vol.2 (Spring 2014), 88–104. It’s not the greatest piece of writing, but may be of interest to some. Here’s a link.

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‘The Novel Today’: Panel discussion with Mikhail Shishkin, Yoko Tawada, Georg Klein

In January this year I hosted a panel discussion with the writers Mikahil Shishkin, Yoko Tawada and Georg Klein about various aspects of the novel. A video of the event is finally available (German with English subtitles), though Frau Tawada’s … Continue reading

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Beethoven, Cavell and Talking Nonsense

In music, film and literature (though not in visual art), grammar is the question of what comes next. The grammar of natural languages imposes restrictions on word order. Functional harmony frowns upon certain progressions of chords. The famous Kushelov Effect suggests … Continue reading

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Nouveaux dialogues entre littérature et philosophie

For French readers, I have a review up at Acta fabula discussing questions of form in literature and philosophy. Existe‑t‑il vraiment une distinction précise entre la littérature et la philosophie ? Au moins depuis l’époque poststructuraliste, la tendance des départements … Continue reading

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10 Time Management Tips to Hack Productivity

1. Work harder, not smarter We all flatter ourselves that we’re intelligent. We characterize our innate lethargy as a privilege won by our foxy wiles. “Work smarter, not harder” basically means: spend two hours on YouTube then skim your reading … Continue reading

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