John Hamilton

John Hamilton

William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
John Hamilton

Research Fields: Hermeneutics and Poetics of the Classical Tradition; Music and Language; 18th – 19th century German and French Literature; New Comparative Philology.

Education:  Ph.D., New York University, 1999 

Professor Hamilton has held previous teaching positions in Comparative Literature and German at Harvard and New York University, with visiting professorships in Classics at the University of California-Santa Cruz and at Bristol University's Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition. In 2005 - 06 he was a resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Since 1995, he has been actively involved with the Leibniz-Kreis, a working group originally based in Heidelberg, which is devoted to the "Afterlife of Antiquity."

Together with Eckart Goebel (NYU) and Paul Fleming (Cornell), he serves as an editor of the "Manhattan Manuscripts" series, published by the Wallstein Verlag in Göttingen (http://german.as.nyu.edu/page/bookseries)

With Almut-Barbara Renger (Berlin) and Jon Solomon (Urbana-Champaign), he edits a series with Brill in Leiden: “Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity” (http://www.brill.com/publications/metaforms)

Current book projects include: Philology of the Flesh.

BooksSoliciting Darkness: Pindar, Obscurity, and the Classical Tradition. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003. link

Music, Madness, and the Unworking of Language (Columbia, 2008) -link- [German translation: Musik, Wahnsinn und das Außerkraftsetzen der Sprache, trans. Andrea Dortmann, (Göttingen, 2011) - link.

Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care (Princeton, 2013)

Selected Works: Soliciting Darkness: Pindar, Obscurity, and the Classical Tradition (Harvard, 2003). Music, Madness, and the Unworking of Language (Columbia, 2008) [German translation: Musik, Wahnsinn und das Außerkraftsetzen der Sprache, trans. Andrea Dortmann, (Göttingen, 2011)]. Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philogogy of Care (PRINCETON, 2013). "Ovids Echographie" in Narziss und Eros. Bild oder Text?, E.Goebel, ed. (Göttingen, 2009), 18 – 40. "Music on Location: Rhythm, Resonance, and Romanticism in Eichendorff’s Marmorbild," Modern Language Quarterly 70 (2009): 195 – 221. "Die Erziehung des Teufels: Über Hoffmanns Berganza-Novelle," Hölderlin-Jahrbuch 36 (2009), 75 – 84. "Philology and Music in the Work of Pascal Quignard,"Studies in Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century Literature 33 (2009): 43 – 67. "Sinneverwirrende Töne: Musik und Wahnsinn in HeinesFlorentinischen Nächten," Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie 126 (2007): 1 – 18. "Canis canens, oder Kafkas Respekt vor der Musikwissenschaft," Kafkas Institutionen, A. Höcker/O.Simons (Bielefeld, 2007), 145 – 156. "Integration, Subversion and the Rape of Europa: Heinrich Böll’s Er kam als Bierfahrer," Comparative Literature 58 (2006): 387 – 402. "Modernity, Translation, and Poetic Prose in Lessing's Briefe, die neueste Literatur betreffend," Lessing Jahrbuch 36 (2004/2005), 79 – 96. "Fulguratores: Lessing. Hölderlin," Poetica 33 (2001), 445 – 64. "Thunder from a Clear Sky: On Lessing’s Redemption of Horace," Modern Language Quarterly62:3 (2001), 203 – 18.

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