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Robert  Leventhal

German Studies Program Director, Associate Professor of German Studies

Office : Washington 315B
Phone : (757) 221-7412
Email : [[rsleve]]
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Teaching and Research


Rob Leventhal received his B.A. from Grinnell College (German and Philosophy) and his M.A. and 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. He teaches German Literature from the 17th century to the present, including the Modern German Critical Thought series, the Introduction to German Literature, Contemporary German Literaure, The Modern City, and Kafka. He recently taught s Group Independent Study on "Contemporary Research on Spinoza."  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, 1750-1830, in which he is focused on Herder's early Spinoza reception and studies 1768-1778 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.

Book Publications

Robert S. Leventhal, The Disciplines of Interpretation: Lessing, Herder, Schlegel and the Emergence of Hermeneutics in Germany 1750-1800 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1994)

Disciplines of Interpretation
Robert S. Leventhal, ed., Reading after Foucault: Institutions, Disciplines, and Technologies of the Self in Germany 1750--1830 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1994) (=Kritik: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies) Reading after Foucault