Brigid Doherty is Associate Professor of German and Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the programs in Media & Modernity, European Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies. Her contribution to the present volume, a lightly revised version of an essay that appeared in the Rosemarie Trockel retrospective exhibition catalogue, Post-Menopause, ed. Barbara Engelbach, Museum Ludwig Cologne and MAXXI, Rome, 2005–2006 (Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005), is connected to her current book project, “Homesickness for Things,” a study of what variously animates the relations among persons, works of art, and other objects in the work of Rainer Maria Rilke, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph von Sternberg, Hanne Darboven, and Rosemarie Trockel.
Paul Fleming is Assistant Professor of German at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 from Johns Hopkins University; and his B.A. 1991 (Comparative Literature and Religious Studies) from Brown University. His major interests include theories of the comic, 18th century poetry and poetics, the novel from 18th century to the present, critical theory, 18th and 19th century aesthetics, and hermeneutics. He translated Peter Szondi’s An Essay on the Tragic (Stanford Press, 2002).
Joshua Robert Gold received his BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his MA and PhD in German from Princeton University. He presently teaches in the Department of German at Johns Hopkins University.
Markus Hardtmann is a graduate student in the Department of German Literature and Critical Thought at Northwestern University. He has published “Beobachtung Gottes: Systemtheorie—Theologie—Autologie” in the electronic journal Parapluie 11 (2001) and is currently writing a dissertation tentatively entitled “Robert Musil’s Logical Investigations.”
Jocelyn Holland is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies and the Program for Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has published on Goethe, F. Schlegel, and the physicist Johann Wilhelm Ritter. Her research focuses on the intersections between Romanticism and the natural sciences. She is currently working on a book-length project on the topos of procreation around 1800.
Wolf Kittler, Professor, Department of German Studies, Cornell University and Department of Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, taught at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Konstanz and Munich. Publications: Der Turmbau zu Babel und das Schweigen der Sirenen. Über das Schweigen, das Reden, Stimme und die Schrift in vier Texten von Franz Kafka; Die Geburt des Partisanen aus dem Geist der Poesie. Heinrich von Kleist und die Strategie der Befreiungskriege; Franz Kafka. Schriftverkehr, ed. with Gerhard Neumann; essays on the cultural history of philosophy, literature, art, law, science and technology.
Ulrike Landfester teaches at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Abteilung of the University St. Gallen, Switzerland. She is author of Selbstsorge als Staatskunst (Würzburg 2000), Der Dichtung Schleier (Freiburg 1995), and one of the editors of Bettine von Arnim’s works in the Bibliothek deutscher Klassiker as well as of the historical-critical edition of Clemens Brentano’s works.
Edgar Landgraf is Assistant Professor of German at Bowling Green State University. He has published articles on Lessing, Goethe, Moritz, Schiller, Kant, German Romanticism, and Nietzsche. Currently, he is working on a book project titled Inspiration and Artistic Creativity in Pre-Romantic and Romantic Thought: Inquiries into the Emergence of Modern Consciousness.
Anita McChesney is Lecturer in German at St. Mary’s College. She earned her Ph.D. in German from the Johns Hopkins University in 2005 with a dissertation on the complex constructions of truth and probability in Germanlanguage detective novels. She has published on Peter Handke and Gerhard Roth, and her current research focuses on the interface of visual-technological and written media in contemporary Austrian literature.
Helmut Müller-Sievers is Professor of German and Classics, and Director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. His work is concerned with the interrelations of literature, science, philosophy, and the history of philology. He is the author of Epigenesis. Naturphilosophie im Sprachdenken Wilhelm von Humboldts, Self-Generation. Biology, Literature, Philosophy around 1800, and Desorientierung. Anatomie und Dichtung bei Georg Büchner. Professor Müller-Sievers is currently working on two...