Florence Pirce Grant University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Professor of German Studies


Marc Redfield studied at Yale and Cornell, and taught at the Université de Genève and Claremont Graduate University before coming to Brown. He studies British, American, French and German literature and literary theory of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on romanticism and on intersections of literature and philosophy.  He is the author of five books: Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman (1996, winner of the MLA First Book Prize), The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism (2003), The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror (2009), Theory at Yale: The Strange Case of Deconstruction in America (2016), and Shibboleth: Judges, Derrida, Celan (2021). He has edited Legacies of Paul de Man (2007) and co-edited High Anxieties: Cultural Studies in Addiction (2002), and Points of Departure: Samuel Weber Between Spectrality and Reading (2016).  He has served as the guest editor of special issues of Diacritics, Romantic Praxis, and The Wordsworth Circle.

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