Guest lecture: Robert Leventhal, "Making the Case: Psychological Case Histories and German Literature, 1750-1830"; 27.3., Turku

Guest lecture by Robert Leventhal


Welcome to the guest lecture by Associate Professor Robert Leventhal (The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, USA)


“Making the Case: Psychological Case Histories and German Literature, 1750-1830” on Friday 27 March 2015 at 12-14, Jäntere seminar room (E121), Minerva, 1st floor, Kaivokatu 12, Turku.


The lecture is organised by The Romantic Era Research Group (RERG) and the Department of Cultural History.


Robert Leventhal received his Ph.D. in German Literature and Thought from Stanford University. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Virginia prior to William and Mary. His research is currently focused on the emergence of the psychological case history at the crossroads between literature and medicine 1750-1830, on which he is completing a book Making the Case: Psychological Case Histories and the Emergence of Modern German Literature. His other project concerns the Spinoza-Renaissance in Germany, 1750-1800, in which he is focused on Herder's early Spinoza reception and studies 1768-1778, a transcription of the "Blue Notebooks," and Herder's Gott, einige Gespraeche (1787). He has written on G.E. Lessing, J.G. Herder, F. Schlegel, Kant,  Karl Philipp Moritz, Marcus Herz, Kafka, Thomas Bernhard, Wim Wenders, Jewish Identity and Community in Munich, and, most recently, the birth of Kriegsarzneywissenschaft (War Medicine) in Germany, 1700-1763 in Stefanie Stockhorst, ed., Krieg und Frieden (Wehrhahn, 2014). Forthcoming articles include "The Jew as Respondent, Confidant, and Proxy: Marcus Herz and Immanuel Kant, 1770-1797" in a volume entitled On the Word of a Jew: Oaths, Testimonies, and the Nature of Trust (Oxford: The Littman Library,  2016)  and "Friedrich Schlegel's Lessing and the Enlightenment," in Johannes Endres, ed., Friedrich-Schlegel-Handbuch (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2015).