Nicholas Rennie

RennieUndergraduate Director
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University

nicholas.rennie@rutgers.edu
15 Seminary Place, Room 4124 
College Avenue Campus

Fall 2018 Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:00am; or by appointment

 

Research Interests:

Literature of the Englightenment and the Age of Goethe; modern aesthetics and intellectual history; the Frankfurt School; literary theory; German language.

Honors/Awards:

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2002-2003, 2007-2008)

Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, in the category of Associate Professor (2007)

Publications:

Books:

Currently working on a book project entitled Forbidding Images: Writing and the Visual in German Theory 1766/1939. This study argues that the work of G.E. Lessing and Sigmund Freud marks two key shifts in German literary culture's understanding of the relation between images and words.

Articles (selected):

Forthcoming: "Lessing's ,Lethotechnics': Memory and Perspective in the Laokoon," Lessing Yearbook/Jahrbuch 42 (2015).

“Höllenrachen: Performativität und Sichtbarwerden des Endes in Molières Don Juan oder Der steinerne Gast und Goethes Faust” [“Hell’s Maw: Performativity and Becoming-Visible of the End in Molière’s Don Juan or the Stone Guest and Goethe’s Faust”], book chapter in: Finis. Paradoxien des Endens [Finis: Paradoxes of Ending], ed. Burkhardt Lindner and Peter Brandes (Würzburg, Germany: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009) 17-33.

“Hier wird’s Eräugnis: Performativität und Ende in Goethes Faust” [“Here All Is Made Visible: Performativity and End in Goethe’s Faust”], book chapter in: Geistiger Handelsverkehr: Komparatistische Aspekte der Goethezeit [Intellectual Exchanges: Comparative Aspects of the Age of Goethe], ed. Anne Bohnenkamp and Matías Martínez (Göttingen, Germany: Wallstein, 2008) 395-410.

“Cock and Bull Cosmologies: Reading the Post-Enlightenment Universe,” Writers Reading Writers: Intertextual Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature in Honor of Robert Hollander, ed. Janet Levarie Smarr (Crankbury, N.J.: University of Delaware Press, 2007) 225-245.

“‘Schilderungssucht’ and ‘historische Krankheit’: Lessing, Nietzsche, and the Body Historical,” The German Quarterly 74:2 (Spring 2001) 186-196.

“Between Pascal and Mallarmé: Faust’s Speculative Moment,” Comparative Literature: Journal of the American Comparative Literature Association 52:4 (Fall 2000) 269-290; a modified version of this article appears in the book collection Goethe, Chaos, and Complexity, ed. Herbert Rowland (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001) 117-33.

“Laokoon,” article for Encyclopedia of German Literature, vol. 2 (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers: Chicago, 2000), 646-647.

“Ut Pictura Historia: Goethe’s Historical Imagination and the Augenblick,” Goethe Yearbook 8 (1996) 120-41.

“Benjamin and Zola: Narrative, the Individual, and Crowds in an Age of Mass Production,” Comparative Literature Studies 33:4 (1996) 396-413. 

Recent Courses Taught at Rutgers:

Graduate:

Lessing and the Reinvention of Literature (Fall 2013)
Forbidding Images (Fall 2012)
The Frankfurt School (Fall 2011)
Goethe's Faust (Spring 2010)

Undergraduate:

Bargaining with the Devil (Fall 2013, Fall 2010)
Masters of German Drama (Spring 2013, Fall 2009)
The Big Bang: Literature of Chaos and Order (Fall 2012, Fall 2009)
Honors Seminar: Wise Fools (Spring 2012)
Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (Spring 2012, Spring 2010)
Modern German Poetry (Fall 2010)