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Dr Brian Haman

Postdoctoral Associate Fellow Dr Brian Haman 上海

Email: B dot C dot Haman at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Brian Haman is currently a Postdoctoral Associate Fellow in German. Whilst at Warwick, he has completed a PhD in German Studies (Romanticism), an MA in English Literature (Romanticism), and has been an Early Career Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Study as well as a Humanities Research Centre Postgraduate Scholar. His doctoral research was funded in full through joint grants by the University of Warwick and the British government (Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme). Additional support was provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS).

Prior to coming to Warwick, Brian was a Fulbright Scholar to Austria in the field of art and architectural history, where he studied art history at the University of Vienna, engaged in independent research on Austrian modernist art, and taught English to Viennese secondary school students under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

A New York City native, he completed a BA in English, Philosophy, and German at Manhattan College under the supervision of Robert Kramer, a scholar and translator of Otto Rank, Mark Taylor, a noted Shakespearean scholar, and Alfred Dilascia, a leading expert on the political and philosophical ideas of Luigi Sturzo. Brian also worked at the Neue Galerie New York shortly after its 2001 inaugural opening, and it was during this time that he developed his interests in early twentieth-century Austrian and German art and architecture.

Practicing poet, sometime translator, political activist, and avid traveller, his non-academic interests are numerous.

Current Research

Brian is currently working on a book project that examines the journey motif in German romantic culture around 1800. Expanding Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy’s insistence on the centrality of the transcendental subject for the Jena romantics in their aesthetic transformation of philosophical ideas, the monograph identifies the journey motif as a recurrent narrative element of the Jena constellation (Hardenberg, Tieck, F. Schlegel) as well as those on its margins (Hölderlin, Richter, Günderrode, Schiller) and thereby underscores the productive interface between literature and philosophy across various genres (novel, shorter prose fiction, and poetry).

His additional projects include re-evaluations of canonical texts of German romanticism as well as research on lesser-known ones, and he has published in Monatshefte, Modern Language Review, and

Research Interests

German romanticism; Kant and post-Kantian European philosophy; German idealism; British romanticism; European Enlightenment; philosophy and literature; parody and satire; German and Austrian emigrés


GE 109: Aspects of German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment

PH 107: Problems in Philosophy and Literature


PhD German Studies (Warwick)

MA English Literature (Warwick)

BA English, Philosophy, German (Manhattan College)