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. "Paranoian Historicized: Legal Fantasy, Social Change, and Satiric Meta-Commentary in the 1794 Treason Trials." Ed. SC Behrendt. (1997).
Pfau, T. "'Searching their Hearts': Romantic Pedagogy, Social Ascendancy, and the Pleasures of Surveillance in Andrew Bell and Mary Wollstonecraft." Romanticism 2 (1996): 220-46.
Pfau, T. "''Beyond the suburbs of the mind'': The political and aesthetic disciplining of the Romantic body." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 95.3 (1996): 629-669.
Pfau, T, and Kercsmar, RR. "Rhetorical and cultural dissolution in Romanticism - Introduction." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 95.3 (1996): 571-573.
Pfau, T. "Immediacy and Dissolution: Reflections on Moral Theory and the Logic of Critical Discourse." Ed. T Rajan and D Clark. (1995).
Pfau, T. "Review of Martha Woodmansee’s The Author, Art, and the Market: Rereading the History of Aesthetics." Studies in Romanticism 34 (1995): 490-95. (Review)
PFAU, T. "THE AUTHOR, ART, AND THE MARKET, REREADING THE HISTORY OF AESTHETICS - WOODMANSEE,M." STUDIES IN ROMANTICISM 34.3 (1995): 490-495. Full Text
PFAU, T. "ELEMENTARY FEELINGS AND DISTORTED LANGUAGE, THE PRAGMATICS OF CULTURE IN WORDSWORTH PREFACE TO 'LYRICAL BALLADS'." NEW LITERARY HISTORY 24.1 (1993): 125-146. Full Text
Pfau, T. "The Pragmatics of Genre: Moral Theory and Lyric Authorship in Hegel and Wordsworth." Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Review 10 (1992): 397-422.
PFAU, T. "TROPES OF DESIRE, FIGURING THE INSUFFICIENT VOID OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS IN SHELLEY 'EPIPSYCHIDION'." KEATS-SHELLEY JOURNAL 40 (1991): 99-126.