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Faculty | Ireton

Sean Ireton

Sean Ireton
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Associate Professor of German and
Director of Graduate Studies in German
Education: Ph.D., 1998, University of Washington
Office: 218C Strickland Hall
Phone: 573-882-4672
Email: iretons@missouri.edu

Research

My research interests generally encompass the intersections between philosophy and literature from the late eighteenth to mid-twentieth century. My specific focus of late has been in the interdisciplinary realm of ecocriticism, where I have been dealing with German, Anglo-American, and Latin American writers, philosophers, and naturalists. My current book project examines conceptions of nature in Fichte, Schelling, Hölderlin, Stifter, Heidegger, and Hans Jonas within the broader parameters of anthropocentrism and biocentrism. It also considers the politicization of nature in the twentieth century, including the Wandervogel movement, National Socialism, and the Greens.

Teaching

Some of the courses that I have taught include:

  • Nature Philosophy and Environmental Literature in a Global Context
  • Conceptions of Nature from German Idealism to the Greens
  • Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism: Prose from Stifter to Kafka
  • Geschichte und Geschichten: German History through Literature
  • Death in German Literature and Philosophy
  • German Nobel Prize-Winners
  • German Existentialism

 

An Ontological Study of Death: From Hegel to Heidegger
An Ontological Study of Death:
From Hegel to Heidegger


Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century

Publications

Books

An Ontological Study of Death: From Hegel to Heidegger. (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2007). 326 pp. (Examines interpretations of death by Hegel, Hölderlin, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Heidegger. Also incorporates the ideas of several modern French philosophers, including Kojève, Sartre, and Foucault. Further places these literary and philosophical views within the socio-medical context of contemporary thanatology.)

Edited volumes

Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century. Co-edited with Caroline Schaumann. Rochester: Camden House, 2012.

Articles

"Between Dirty and Disruptive Nature: Adalbert Stifter in the Context of Nineteenth-Century American Environmental Literature" Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik. 46 (2013). Special Issue on Dirty Nature. Forthcoming.

"Heidegger's Black Forest Provincialism in the Cultural Context of German Anti-Urbanism" In Transnational Modernism and Urban Conflict in the Interwar Era. Ed. Christopher Lupke and Julia White. New York: Routledge, 2013. Forthcoming

“Hölderlin’s Philosophy of Nature in Hyperion: Monism, Pantheism, and Proto-Ecology.” Literatur für Leser 35.3 (2012). 127-45.

“Geology, Mountaineering, and Self-Formation in Adalbert Stifter’s Der Nachsommer.” In Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Sean Ireton and Caroline Schaumann. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. 193-209.

“Nature as Therapy: Case Studies from Austria (Adalbert Stifter) and North America (Doug Peacock).” Pacific Coast Philology 46.2 (2011): 122-38. Special Issue on Literature, Culture, and the Environment.

“Lines and Crimes of Demarcation: Mathematizing Nature in Heidegger, Pynchon, and Kehlmann.” Comparative Literature 63.2 (2011): 142-60.

“Walden in the Bohemian Forest: Adalbert Stifter’s Transcendental Ecocentrism in Der Hochwald.” Modern Austrian Literature 43.3 (2010): 1-18.

“‘Ich bin ein Wanderer und ein Bergsteiger’ –– Nietzsche and Zarathustra in the Mountains.” Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik 42 (2009): 193-212. Special Issue on Mountains in the German Cultural Imagination.

“Between Autobiography and Fiction: Thomas Mann’s Die Entstehung des Doktor Faustus: Roman eines Romans.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 44 (2008): 210-25.

Wunden/Wunder: On the Romantic Function of Blood and Wounds in the Later Brentano.” German Studies Review 30 (2007): 597-610.

“Die Aufzeichnung der Memoria in Thomas Manns Buddenbrooks und Der Erwählte.” The German Quarterly76 (2003): 183-94.

The Problem of Language in Nietzsche’s Ueber Wahrheit und Lüge im aussermoralischen Sinne and Fontane’s Der Stechlin.” Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik 35 (2002): 239-61.

“Heinrich Manns Auseinandersetzung mit dem Haß: Eine Analyse der Henri Quatre-Romane im Rahmen der exilbedingten Haßliteratur.” Orbis litterarum: International Review of Literary Studies 57 (2002): 204-21

“Brechts ‘Zertrümmerung’ von Heidegger: Das Badener Lehrstück vom Einverständnis als mögliche Kritik an Sein und Zeit.” Das Brecht-Jahrbuch / The Brecht Yearbook 24 (1999): 293-309.

“Die Transformation zweier Gregors: Thomas Manns Der Erwählte und Kafkas Die Verwandlung.” Monatshefte für deutschen Unterricht, deutsche Sprache und Literatur 90 (1998): 34-48.

“Heidegger’s Ontological Analysis of Death and Its Prefiguration in Nietzsche.” Nietzsche-Studien26 (1997): 405-20.