Sarah Milne Pourciau
Assistant Professor of German Studies

Before coming to Duke, Sarah Pourciau held positions at Stanford University, Princeton University, the Technical University of Berlin, and the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research. Her research explores the intersections of philosophy and literature, with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century German and Austrian culture. Related areas of interest include the history of theology, literary theory and aesthetics, gender theory, opera, and the history of science. Her first book, The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science (Fordham, 2017), explores the relationship between Sprachgeist and systems theory, by tracing the 19th century emergence and 20th century transformation of a “scientific” or “systematic” approach to language. Her current project, with the working title But at the Same Time, Nothing: An Unprotestant Aestheticargues for the existence of a uniquely unprotestant approach to classical modernist problems of aesthetic and political form. This "other modernity," which has its roots in the Habsburg baroque, finds powerful expression in several 20th century Austrian attempts to rethink dramatic (Hofmannsthal), operatic (Schoenberg, Berg), and narrative (Musil, Kafka, Broch) unity. Pourciau's articles have appeared in journals like Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, The Opera Quarterly, POETICA, Modern Language Notes, Germanic Review, and Arcadia.

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