Andrew W. Mellon Penn Faculty Fellow in the Humanities
2010—2011 Forum on Virtuality
Associate Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Virtual Sculpture in German Romanticism
What light can Romantic aesthetics and literatures shed on our current understanding of “virtuality” and vice versa? The research project I am pursuing, on the “disappearance” of sculpture into literature in the nineteenth century, hopes to illuminate contemporary thinking about virtuality by considering an earlier artistic phenomenon that caused its public to detach itself from the material realm and to enter into subjectivistic, detached states.