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Jonas Rosenbruck

Ph.D. Student

Jonas is a Ph.D. student in the Program of Comparative Literary Studies with a home department in German. Originally from Bochum, Germany, he received his B.A. in philosophy from Yale University in 2014 with a senior project on Martin Heidegger. His current interests include so-called continental philosophy (Nietzsche, Blanchot, Derrida, Nancy), 20th century German and French poetry, Walter Benjamin, and critical theory. He will spend the academic year 2017-18 in Paris as a fellow in Northwestern’s “Paris Program in Critical Theory.”

His dissertation project is tentatively titled “The Smell of Language: For an Olfactory Poetics” and investigates notions of smell in poetry from Hölderlin and Baudelaire to Benn and Ponge. Jonas recently received Northwestern's Beiling Wu Prize for a paper on Giorgio Agamben’s concept of thinking. His first article in a peer-reviewed journal appeared in The Germanic Review, Volume 91, Issue 2, (2016) and is titled: “‘Intriguing Ideas, Plotting Bögen’: Thinking the Limit of Allegory in Walter Benjamin's Trauerspielbuch”
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