Sarah Pourciau

Sarah Pourciau

Assistant Professor

Before coming to Duke, Sarah Pourciau held positions at Stanford University, Princeton University, the Technical University of Berlin, and the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research. Her research focuses on 19 thand 20 thcentury German and Austrian culture, the history of philosophy and theology, literary theory and aesthetics, opera, and the history of science. Her first book, The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science (Fordham, 2017), explores the relationship between Sprachgeist and systems theory, by tracing the 19 th century emergence and 20 th century transformation of a “scientific” or “systematic” approach to language. Her current project, with the working title The Broken Medium: Austrian Modernism and the Theory of the Event, argues for the existence of a uniquely Austrian model of aesthetic time, which finds expression in the profound rethinking of dramatic (Hofmannsthal), operatic (Schoenberg, Berg), and narrative (Musil, Kafka, Broch) form. Her articles have appeared in journals like Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, The Opera Quarterly, POETICA, Modern Language Notes, Germanic Review, and  Arcadia.

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Home Institution: Duke University

  • Theology
  • Music and Sound
  • Literary and Critical Theory, Philosophy and Literature
  • Science and Culture
  • Aesthetics
  • Twentieth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Modernism
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