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Michael House

Title: Assistant Professor of German
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Office Bldg. 708
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Michael House

Michael House (B.A. King’s College 2001; Ph.D. Princeton 2009) is an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Before joining the faculty, he was an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute (2009-2010) at the University of Toronto.

His research explores the intersections of literature, philosophy, and human sciences around 1800. Generally, he is interested in the formation of the modern individual as a site of scientific exploration. He has recently published articles on this theme, including: “Beyond the Brain: Skeptical and Satirical Reactions to Gall’s Organologie” (2010) and “Writing Empirical Souls: Self-Deception and the Science of Man around 1800” (2016).

He has completed a book manuscript, entitled The Disease of the Age: Skepticism in German Literature and Philosophy around 1800, which looks at the reemergence of skepticism in post-Kantian philosophy and Early German Romanticism and is currently under review. He has also published an article on these skeptical concerns: “Kant’s Uncertain Mariner” (2014) and “The Satirical Embodiment of German Idealism: Jean Paul and the Parasitic Poetics of Doubt” (under review).

He has recently taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, to include: “The Idea of Nature in German Thought,” “Confronting Fascism,” “German Conversation and Composition,” “In Pursuit of Freedom.”  And also teaches graduate seminars in both German and Comparative Literature, to include: "Enlightenment and its Counter-currents,” “Haunting the Real,” and “A Survey of German Culture.”

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