Thomas Pfau

Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English; Professor of German and Member of the Duke Divinity School Faculty

Thomas Pfau is the and Chair of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at Duke University. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Duke Divinity School. He has published some forty essays on literary and philosophical subjects ranging from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, as well as some twenty book reviews. Additionally, he has edited several essay collections and special journal issues, as well as two volumes of writings by Hölderlin and Schelling in English translation. His more recent monographs include Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1790-1840 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) and Minding the Modern: Intellectual Traditions, Human Agency, and Responsible Knowledge (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). At present, he is co-editing a special issue of Stanford Republic of Letters and an essay collection on Judgment & Action (forthcoming from Northwestern UP). His new monograph project focuses on images and the phenomenology of their experience in literature, theology and philosophy.  

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo
Office Phone: 
(919) 681-3098
Office Location: 
116E Old Chemistry

Home Institution: Duke University

  • Modernism
  • Romanticism and Idealism
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Literary and Critical Theory, Philosophy and Literature
  • Music and Sound
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