Jakob Norberg
Professor of German Studies

Jakob Norberg’s research explores conceptions of community in German thought and literature. His first book, Sociability and Its Enemies (Northwestern UP 2014), examines the search for non-authoritarian forms of collective life after the end of the Second World War and focuses on thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, and Jürgen Habermas. The second book, The Brothers Grimm and the Making of German Nationalism (Cambridge UP 2022), reveals how Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm viewed philologists as arbiters of national identity, even adjudicators of national territory, and therefore as experts indispensable to the modern nation state. In their political vision, the modern state should even be ruled by a “philologist king.” A book on the anti-nationalist, anti-collectivist political stance of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer entitled Schopenhauer's Politics is currently in progress. Norberg's articles in literary studies locate the communal in literature by reconstructing how non-individual, collective voices appear in modern literary works in the form of jargon, clichés and commonplaces. His work has appeared in such venues as PMLA , Arcadia , Cultural Critique , New German Critique, Textual Practice , Telos , and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought . More information about Norberg can be found on academia.edu .

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