Kottman, Paul


Paul  Kottman
PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and The New School for Social Research

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Renaissance drama, ancient drama and philosophy, literary theory

Paul Kottman is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, with an affiliation in the Department of Philosophy, at the New School for Social Research and Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts. He also holds Habilitation as Full Professor of Philosophy, in Aesthetics, Italy [Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale, Ordinario, Filosofia Estetica]. Kottman is the author of Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), A Politics of the Scene (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the editor of Philosophers on Shakespeare (Stanford University Press, 2009). He is currently working on a book project, tentatively entitled “Romantic Love as Human Freedom.” Kottman is also the editor of a new book series at Stanford University Press, called Square One: First-Order Questions in the Humanities.

The recipient of a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Cologne, a Solmsen post-doctoral fellowship, and a fellowship from the Mellon foundation, Kottman’s writing has also appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy, the Oxford Handbook to Shakespearean Tragedy, and various other volumes. Kottman has also published a wide range of articles in journals such as Diacritics, Shakespeare Quarterly, Constellations: International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, Revue Internationale de Philosophie, The Oxford Literary Review, Criticism, Shakespeare Studies, Theatre Journal, and the Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies among other venues.

Courses Taught:
  • Shakespeare
  • Hobbes and Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art (Graduate seminar)
  • Philosophy and Tragedy (Graduate seminar)
  • From Romanticism to Idealism
Recent Publications:

Disinheriting the Globe: Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)

A Politics of the Scene (Stanford University Press, 2008)

Editor, Philosophers on Shakespeare (Stanford University Press, 2009)

Recent articles in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy, the Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy, Diacritics, Shakespeare Quarterly, Constellations, Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies, and Criticism

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