Joseph Kominkiewicz

Graduate Student

Joseph began his studies at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a BA in German and Chinese. He was a student research assistant at the Department of Medieval Studies at the University of Tübingen, where he was awarded a Magister artium in German studies, German medieval literature and philosophy. His thesis examined how Robert Musil’s deep engagement with epistemological theory – in particular, with causality – in The Man Without Qualities informed the construction of its characters’ interiorities through ambiguous narrational strategies. He’s also translated a philosophical monograph on the contemporary theory of punishment and German Idealist ethics (published by the Cambridge University Press). At Carolina-Duke, he’s beginning research on the issue of scandal in early eighteenth-century German literature while continuing his work on the epistemological and phenomenological aspects of twentieth-century literature. His interests include narratology, sexuality, material culture, and the intersections between science, philosophy and literature.