Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Division of Literature and Languages
Jan Mieszkowski is a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European literature and philosophy. At Reed, he teaches courses in German and Comparative Literature and has been part of both the Ancient and Modern Humanities staffs. He regularly offers seminars in poetry and poetics, the methods of literary analysis, and continental philosophy. Jan is the author of Labors of Imagination: Aesthetics and Political Economy From Kant to Althusser and Watching War. His new book, Crises of the Sentence, has just appeared with the University of Chicago Press. His recent articles explore a variety of topics in Romanticism and critical theory, modern art and performance studies, and the philosophical and ideological foundations of contemporary literary criticism. A recipient of National Endowment of the Humanities and Mellon fellowships, he is on the editorial board of Postmodern Culture and recently completed a five-year term on the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century.