Zachary Sng was born and grew up in Singapore. He was an undergraduate at Brown University, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in 1993 and his Master's in 1994. After Brown, he taught English literature at the high-school level in Singapore before beginning his graduate work in Comparative Literature (with a focus on German) at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of Konstanz in Germany. He joined the Brown faculty in Fall 2004.
|Sng, Zachary. "Reading A Free Life." MLN, vol. 136, no. 3, 2021, pp. 491-499.|
|Khalip, Jacques, Mendicino, Kristina, Redfield, Marc, Sng, Zachary. "Open”." European Romantic Review, vol. 30, no. 3, 2019, pp. 221-222.|
|Sng, Zachary. "Ablative Affinities." MLN, vol. 133, no. 5, 2018, pp. 1233-1253.|
|Sng, Zachary. "Syncretic Sunshine: Metaphor in the Cinema of Lee Chang-Dong." diacritics, vol. 41, no. 2, 2013, pp. 6-30.|
|Sng, Zachary. "Parenthyrsos: On the Medium Which Is Not One." MLN, vol. 125, no. 5, 2010, pp. 1029-1049.|
|Sng, Zachary. "The Poetics of the Middle in Kleist's “Michael Kohlhaas”." The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, vol. 85, no. 3, 2010, pp. 171-188.|
The Rhetoric of Error from Locke to Kleist. Stanford University Press, 2010.
"'Inaccurate, as Lady Linguists Often Are': Herodot und Kleist über die Sprache der Amazonen." Penthesileas Versprechen: Exemplarische Analysen literarischer und literaturwissenschaftlicher Referenz, edited by Rüdiger Campe and Bianca Theisen, Freiburg, Rombach, 2008, pp. 61-91.
"Figure-3: The Metaphor Between Virtue and Vice." Configurations of the Third, edited by Ian Cooper and Bernhard Malkmus, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp. 60-77.
|Sng, Z. "Labors of Imagination: Aesthetics and Political Economy from Kant to Althusser." Comparative Literature, vol. 60, no. 4, 2008, pp. 389-391.|
"Das Fehlläuten der Nachtglocke: Zu Kafkas Erzählung 'Ein Landarzt'." Kafkas Institutionen, edited by Arne Höcker and Oliver Simon, Bielefeld, transcript, 2007, pp. 213-34.
"John Locke." Encyclopedia of British Literature, edited by David Scott Kastan, et. al., new york, new york, Oxford University Press, 2006.
|Sng, Zachary. "Not Forgotten: On Stifter and Peirce." MLN, vol. 121, no. 3, 2006, pp. 631-646.|
|Sng, Zachary. "The Construction of Lyric Subjectivity in Shelley's "Ozymandias." Studies in Romanticism, vol. 37, no. 2, 1998, pp. 217.|
Dr. Sng's book, The Rhetoric of Error from Locke to Kleist appeared with Stanford University Press in 2010. In it, he explores the relationship between language and understanding through the figure of error, and examines how writers claim to generate knowledge out of and about error in the period between the Enlightenment and Romanticism.
His second book, Middling Romanticism, is a study of moderation, mediation, and other figurations of the "middle" in the 18th century and in contemporary theoretical discussions. Some of the authors that will be examined are Lessing, Kant, Hoelderlin, Kleist, Wordsworth, Adam Smith, Walter Benjamin, and Martin Heidegger. It appeared in the "Lit Z" series with Fordham University Press in 2020.
Other research topics include: rhetoric, visual studies, concepts of community, the sublime, and the uncanny.
Wayland Collegium Curricular Development Grant ($2250), 2008
Dean of College Curricular Development Grant ($4000), 2010
Dean of Faculty Lectureship Fund ($5000), 2013
Dean of College Curricular Development Grant ($4000), 2013
Dean of Faculty Lectureship Fund ($5000), 2013
Dean of Faculty Lectureship Fund ($4000), 2019
|2004||PhD||The Johns Hopkins University|
|2002||MA||The Johns Hopkins University|
|Bernstein, Susan||Professor of Comparative Literature, Chair of Comparative Literature, Professor of German Studies|
|Bewes, Timothy||Professor of English, Interim Chair of English|
|Gooley, Dana||Professor of Music, Chair of Music|
|Keach, William||Professor Emeritus of English|
|Khalip, Jacques||Professor of English|
|Mendicino, Kristina||Associate Professor of German Studies, Chair of German Studies|
|Newman, Karen||Owen F. Walker Professor Emerita of Humanities and Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English|
|Ravindranathan, Thangam||Professor of French and Francophone Studies|
|Redfield, Marc||Florence Pirce Grant University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Professor of German Studies|
|GRMN 0750E - Reading Film: An Introduction to German Cinema|
|GRMN 0900C - Introduction to German Literature|
|GRMN 1320I - What is an Image? German Aesthetics and Art from Lessing to Heidegger|
|GRMN 1330C - German Romanticism: Texts, Contexts, Legacies|
|GRMN 1340X - Literature and Multilingualism|
|GRMN 1341A - Kafka (Im)paired|
|GRMN 1341C - Ilse Aichinger: Literatur und Geschichte nach 1945|
|GRMN 1441H - Goethe Amongst Others|
|GRMN 2661I - German Romanticism|
|GRMN 2661S - What Was A Medium?|
|GRMN 2662D - Decentering German Studies|