- Notes on Contributors
Claudia Brodsky, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, is the author of The Imposition of Form: Studies in Narrative Representation and Knowledge (1987), Lines of Thought: Discourse, Architectonics and the Origin of Modern Philosophy (1996), In the Place of Language: Literature and the Architecture of the Referent (2009), and co-editor with Toni Morrison of Birth of a Nation-hood (1997). Her Writing and Building and The Substance of Time are forthcoming; she is currently at work on a volume on Kant.
Thomas Pfau is Eads Family Professor of English and Professor of German and Germanic Languages and Literature at Duke University. Besides translating and editing two volumes of theoretical writings by Hölderlin and Schelling, he has 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). He is the author of two monographs: Wordsworth's Profession (1997) and Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1794–1840 (2005). He has published some thirty essays in numerous essay collections and scholarly journals on a wide range of writers, including Rousseau, Kant, Wordsworth, Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, Goethe, Beethoven, Eichendorff, Schleiermacher, and Thomas Mann. During the 2010–11 academic year he will be at the National Humanities Center to complete a book-length study on key concepts of Modernity (will, teleology, Bildung, judgment, and Person) and their literary and philosophical pre-history.
Tilottama Rajan is Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in English and Theory at the University of Western Ontario. She has published Dark Interpreter: The Discourse of Romanticism (1980), The Supplement of Reading: Figures of Understanding in Romantic Theory and Practice (1990), Deconstruction and the Remainders of Phenomenology: Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard (2002), and Romantic Narrative: Shelley, Hays, Godwin, Wollstonecraft (2010). She has also edited or coedited five books, most recently After Poststructuralism: Writing the Intellectual History of Theory (2002) and Idealism without Absolutes: Philosophy and Romantic Culture (2004). She is currently working on a book on encyclopedic thought and the organization of knowledge from German Idealism to deconstruction.
Vivasvan Soni is Associate Professor in the English Department at Northwestern University. His book, Mourning Happiness: Narrative and the Politics of Modernity (2010), traces the narrative processes by which a politics of happiness is eclipsed in the eighteenth century, and uses Greek ideas of [End Page 389] happiness to theorize a utopian politics. He is currently at work on two new projects, the first addressing a "crisis of judgment" we have inherited from the eighteenth century, and the second describing how the possibilities for utopian thinking are curtailed and compromised in the later eighteenth century. [End Page 390]