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. "Review of Angela Esterhammer’s The Romantic Performative: Language and Action in British and German Romanticism." Criticism 44.1 (2003): 72-76 (2003). (Review)
Pfau, T. "The rhetoric of Romantic prophecy." COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 55.4 (2003): 360-363.
Pfau, T. "Conjuring history: Lyric cliche, conservative fantasy, and traumatic awakening in German Romanticism." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 102.1 (2003): 53-92. Full Text
Pfau, T. "The Romantic performative: Language and action in British and German Romanticism." CRITICISM-A QUARTERLY FOR LITERATURE AND THE ARTS 44.1 (2002): 72-76. Full Text
Pfau, T. "The voice of critique: Aesthetic cognition after Kant." MODERN LANGUAGE QUARTERLY 60.3 (September 1999): 321-352. Full Text
Pfau, T. "Taming the chaos: English poetic diction theory since the Renaissance." MODERN LANGUAGE QUARTERLY 60.2 (June 1999): 265-267. Full Text
Pfau, T. "Review of Terence A. Hoagwood’s Politics, Philosophy, and the Production of Romantic Texts." Studies in Romanticism 38 (1999): 692-98. (Review)
Pfau, T. "Politics, philosophy, and the production of romantic texts." STUDIES IN ROMANTICISM 38.4 (1999): 692-698. Full Text
Pfau, T. "Reading beyond Redemption: Historicism, Irony, and the Lessons of Romanticism." Ed. T Pfau and RF Gleckner. Critical Introduction to Lessons of Romanticism, Duke UP (1998): 1-37.
Pfau, T. "Bringing about the Past: Prophetic Memory in Kant, Godwin, and Blake." Romantic Proxis (1997).