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Clausius, Katharina

CLAUSIUS, Katharina

Professeure adjointe

Mes recherches portent sur la politique de l’esthétique, à savoir sur l’intervention de la culture dans la théorie de la démocratie, la justice sociale et les droits de l’homme. Je m’intéresse surtout à la formation et la restructuration des espaces culturels-politiques – le théâtre, la presse, le musée – d’après les notions de la représentation, de l’histoire, de l’émancipation, de la souveraineté et de la partialité. À partir d’une approche transdisciplinaire, mes projets tissent des liens entre les sciences humaines et sociales et la bioéthique afin d’analyser les interactions entre l’art et la politique. Mes domaines d’intérêt comprennent : les théories et les pratiques de l’intermédialité; la philosophie de Jacques Rancière; la diplomatie culturelle de l’entre-deux-guerres; l’art, la musique, et la littérature des époques modernes et modernistes; l’histoire de l’opéra. Avant de rejoindre l'Université de Montréal en 2019, j’étais Professeure adjointe à l'Université de Victoria.

My research focuses on the politics of aesthetics, especially the ways in which culture mediates current theories of democracy, social justice, and human rights. I am particularly interested in the creation and reform of cultural-political spaces – such as the theatre, the public press, and the museum – and how these spaces are influenced by notions of representation, history, emancipation, sovereignty, and partisanship. Prioritizing a multidisciplinary approach, my projects span the human and social sciences as well as bioethics and seek to understand how and why art and politics collide. Special areas of interest include: theories and practices of intermediality; the philosophy of Jacques Rancière; interwar cultural diplomacy; early modern and modernist art, music, and literature; opera studies. Before joining the University of Montreal in 2019, I was Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria.

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WOLFE, Irving

Professeur agrégé

Irving Wolfe is interested in the archetypal, mythological and religious substructures of literature; he believes they underlie the recurrent structures, themes, events and patterns in fiction and drama.

Wolfe is also interested in the tactic of irony as a guiding authorial device between writer and audience. He has written several articles and presented papers on this subject. He spent a sabbatical leave researching the topic, and has partly completed a book entitled ''Shakespeare's Irony''.  

Wolfe, in addition, has been engaged in developing a comprehensive theory to explain all the disparate facts of the Nazi phenomenon: he sees it not so much as a political event but as a partially hysterically created drama using language, symbol, spectacle, violence and myth in its pursuit of world power as a hedge against the terror of an apparent slide into formlessness and chaos. He spent a sabbatical at the Wiene Institute in London and has written several hundred pages of a book on the topic, parts of which have been published on the Internet by the Center for Millenial Studies in Boston. He has also completed a screenplay on a one-day mass shooting of Jews in Poland, which has been sent to the director of the Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles.

Wolfe is also interested in the weaknesses and vagaries of fashionable critical theory in the last quarter of the 20th century. 

Lastly, Wolfe sees literature as united by a common origin in ancient geophysical trauma to the Earth, inducedby cosmic pressures, the memories of which have been repressed into the collective unconscious but which threaten, under conditions of stress and fear, to rise to and overwhelm consciousness. Literature is the re-visiting of the trauma but in safe form, so it functions as a transaction with our buried past. To illustrate this, he has published articles revealing the hidden presence of catastrophic retelling in Shakespeare, modern drama, soap operas, Mesoamerican religion, ancient sport, nazi ritual, etc.

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