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Gabriel Trop
Associate Professor of German; Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature


Ph.D., German and Medieval Studies, University of California at Berkeley
18th-Century Studies; Poetry and Poetics; Romanticism; Philosophy and Aesthetics

Intellectual Biography & Awards

My research interests tend to focus on the relationship between poetic practices and aesthetic discourses, both broadly conceived. My general scholarly activity within this broader framework is rather comparative; in both my teaching and research, I have engaged with texts from Ancient Greece, Roman Antiquity, the Middle Ages (mainly Middle High German), and German and French literature and philosophy from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in literature and art as imaginative practices of selfhood, and am currently working on a project that investigates the relation between poetry and the philosophy of nature (Naturphilosophie) in German Idealism.

Recent Publications


Poetry as a Way of Life: Aesthetics and Askesis in the German Eighteenth Century. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2015.

Reviewed in: Arcadia, 51.2 (2016): 405-409; The German Quarterly, 89.4:503-505; The Germanic Review, 91.3 (2016): 317-320; Goethe Yearbook, 24 (2017): 321-324; IASL Online;MLN, 131.3 (2016): 824-827; Modern Language Review, 111.3 (2016): 898-900; Monatshefte, 108.3 (2016): 411-413.

Edited Book

(with Edgar Landgraf and Leif Weatherby) Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Hölderlin’s Hyperbolic Poetry.” Forthcoming in Hölderlin at 250: New Readings.

“Arts of Unconditioning. On German Romantic Science and Poetry.” Forthcoming in Palgrave Handbook of German Romantic Philosophy.

“Mythological Indifference in Schelling and Nerval.” The Wordsworth Circle 50.1: 2019. 108-126.

“Fléchissement transcendantal et procédé hyperbolique : les mouvements de l’absolu chez Novalis et Hölderlin.” Arts et sciences du romantisme allemand, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, November 2018. 153-180.

Frequently Taught Courses

  • GERM 68: Intensity, Vitality, Ecstasy
  • GERM 281: Freedom and Terror
  • GERM 301: Conversation and Composition
  • GERM 303: Introduction to German Literature
  • GERM 370: German Intellectual History

Undergraduate and Graduate Advising and Mentoring

Honors Theses:

  • Alexandra Talbert (Honors, 2015)
  • Gregory Smith (Highest Honors, 2012)

Ph.D. Dissertation Advising:

  • Martin Dawson (in progress)
  • John Gill (in progress)
  • Amy Jones (in progress)
  • Lukas Hofmann (in progress)
  • Tako Takamura (co-advising with Prof. Stefani Engelstein, in progress)

Independent Studies in German Romanticism and Continental Philosophy.

Additional Information

For more about Dr. Trop, see his Curriculum Vitae.