Jeffrey S. Librett

Jeffrey Librett

Professor of German | 541-346-0649 | 204 Friendly Hall

ACADEMIC AREAS: German Studies, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Judaic Studies

Academic Background

PhD: Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 1989
MA: English Literature, Columbia University, 1981
BA: Philosophy, Yale University, 1979

I've written two books so far, both of which approach cultural-political questions in the German tradition from the standpoint of deconstructive reflexion on the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy: The Rhetoric of Cultural Dialogue: Jews and Germans from Moses Mendelssohn to Richard Wagner and Beyond (Stanford University Press, 2000), and Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew (Fordham University Press, 2015). In addition, I've translated two books from the area of contemporary French philosophy (one on the topic of the sublime, the other on the ontology of sense), and written numerous essays on German literary and philosophical history and on twentieth century French theory. My current work is more concerned with psychoanalytic theory, especially the theory of anxiety, insofar as it can shed helpful light on the bases of cultural prejudices.

Past Courses

HC 421H Aesthetics of Anxiety in the Modernist Moment

Research Interests & Current Projects

I am working on a book whose provisional title is Anxiety and Alterity: Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience.