Tuesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & by appointment.
Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English
Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English, with secondary appointments in Germanic Languages & Literatures and in the Duke Divinity School. A native of Germany, Prof. 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 three essay collections on English Romanticism, as well as special issues of South Atlantic Quarterly (1996) English Romantic Review ( 2010, 2011), and Modernist Cultures (2005). To date, he is the author of three monographs: Wordsworth's Profession (Stanford UP, 1997) Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1794-1840 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005) and Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge (Notre Dame UP, 2013). He has published some thirty-five essays in numerous essay collections and scholarly journals on a wide range of writers, including Rousseau, A. Smith, Kant, Wordsworth, Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, Shelley, Goethe, Beethoven, Eichendorff, Schleiermacher, Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin and other writers and philosophers.
- Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo 1989
- M.A., University of California at Irvine 1985
Pfau, T. "From Autonomous Subjects to Self-Regulating Structures: Rationality and Development in German Idealism." (November 30, 2007): 101-122. (Chapter) Full Text
Pfau, T. "Of ends and endings: Teleological and variational models of romantic narrative." European Romantic Review 18.2 (April 1, 2007): 231-241. Full Text
Pfau, T. "The Melancholy Gift: Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Thought." Romantic Praxis (2007).
Pfau, T. "Beyond Liberal Utopia: Freedom in the Nineteenth Century." European Romantic Review 19 (2007).
Pfau, T. "Beyond the Suburbs of the Mind: The Political and Aesthetic Economy of the Body in Malthus and Wordsworth." South Atlantic Quarterly 95 (2007): 629-69.
Pfau, T. "Review of George S. Williamson, The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to Nietzsche (Chicago: U of Chicago Press)." European Romantic Review 18 (2007): 439-44. (Review)
Pfau, T. "Review of The Wordsworthian Enlightenment, ed. Helen R. Elam & Frances Ferguson (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2005)." Romantic Circles (2007). (Review)
Pfau, T. ""From Autonomous Subjects to Self-Regulating Structures: Rationality and Development in German Idealism"." Ed. BCT Romanticism. (2003).
Pfau, T. "Review of Emerson R. Marks, Taming the Chaos: English Poetic Diction Theory since the Renaissance." MLQ (2003) . 60 (2003): 265-67. (Review)
Pfau, T. "Review of Ian Balfour’s The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy." Comparative Literature (2003). (Review)