Prof. Dr. Stefani Engelstein

Literary scholar, research fellow with the project Living Things, Human Beings: The Entanglements of the Organism

CV

2018-.  Professor of German Studies. German Studies Department. Duke University. Durham, NC.

2017-2021.  Chair. German Studies Department. Duke University. Durham, NC.

2015-2017.  Associate Professor of German. Department of Germanic Languages and Literature. Duke University. Durham, NC.

2009-2014. Director, Life Sciences & Society Program. University of Missouri. Columbia, MO.

2007-2016.  Associate Professor of German. Department of German and Russian Studies. University of Missouri. Columbia, Missouri.

2001-2007. Assistant Professor of German. Department of German and Russian Studies. University of Missouri. Columbia, Missouri. 

2001. Ph.D. Comparative Literature. University of Chicago.

1994. MA. Comparative Literature. University of Chicago.

1992. BA with Distinction in the Literature Major. Yale University.

Fellowships

Feb-Apr, 2017.  Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science. 

2013-2014.  Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.  Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin.

Research Interests

German and British literature, 1770-1914

Literature and History of Science

Literature and philosophy, esp. aesthetics, epistemology, and political theory

Critical race theory

Publications

Books

Sibling Action: The Genealogical Structure of Modernity. Columbia University Press. Hardcover 2017. Paperback 2020.  Shortlisted for Kenshur Prize, Center for 18th-Century Studies,

Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Co-editor with Carl Niekerk. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 79. Rodopi Press, 2011.

Anxious Anatomy: The Conception of the Human Form in Literary and Naturalist Discourse. Series: Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. SUNY Press. Hardcover 2008. Paperback 2009.

Selected articles

“Sexual Division and the New Mythology: Goethe and Schelling.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences special issue: Conceiving Reproduction in German Naturphilosophie. Ed. Susanne Lettow and Gregory Rupik. 42.39 (2020).

“Schelling’s Uncanny Organism.” Invited contribution. Artful Designs: The Automata and Hidden Machinery of Global Romanticism. Ed. Christopher Clason and Michael Demson. Bucknell University Press. 2020. 167-185.  Shortlisted for SAMLA Studies Book Award for best edited collection.

“Love or Knowledge: Sexual Epistemology in Fichte and Kleist.” Invited contribution. Special issue on Writing Polarities: Romanticism and the Dynamic Unity of Poetry and Science. Ed. Leif Weatherby and Antje Pfannkuchen. Germanic Review. 92.4 (Fall 2017). 368-387.

“Geschwister und Geschwisterlichkeit in der Epistemologie der Moderne.” Invited contribution. Special issue on Schwesternfiguren / Sister Figures. Eds. Michaela Hohkamp, Almut Höfert, Claudia Ulbrich. L’Homme: European Journal of Feminist History. 68.2 (Fall 2017): 49-68.

“The Allure of Wholeness: The Organism around 1800 and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate.” Critical Inquiry. 39.4 (2013): 754-776.

“Sibling Logic; or, Antigone Again.” PMLA. 126.1 (Jan 2011): 38-54.

 “The Open Wound of Beauty: Kafka Reading Kleist.” The Germanic Review. 81.4. (Fall 2006): 340-359.

 “The Regenerative Geography of the Text in William Blake.” Modern Language Studies. 30.2 (Fall 2000): 61-86.

“Out on a Limb: Military Medicine, Heinrich von Kleist and the Disarticulated Body.” German Studies Review. 23.2 (May 2000): 225-244.  DAAD Outstanding Article Prize of the German Studies Association.