Freitag 11. - Samstag 12. März 2022

Romantic Philologies


How might the study of Romanticism benefit from the renewed interest in philological practices and reflections? And conversely: what do scholars of Romanticism bring to the table in the broader debates around philology and the humanities?

We invite you to join us for our conference, which brings together Brown faculty and leading international scholars working on the relationship between philology, literature, and philosophy in the Romantic period and its reception.

The conference will be held as a hybrid event with both an in-person and a Zoom audience.

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No registration required for in-person attendance.

Keynote Lecture by Samuel Weber (Northwestern University):
“Philological Enjoyment: zu gleich”
Saturday 3/12, 11 a.m. (by Zoom)

Papers by:

Christian Benne ▪ University of Copenhagen
Susan Bernstein ▪ Brown University
Felix Christen ▪ Queen Mary University of London
Christiane Frey ▪ Johns Hopkins / RWTH Aachen
Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz ▪ Princeton University
William Keach ▪ Brown University
David Martyn ▪ Macalester College
Brian McGrath ▪ Clemson University
Kevin McLaughlin ▪ Brown University
Maud Meyzaud ▪ Leibniz Center for Literary & Cultural Research
Kristina Mendicino ▪ Brown University
Zachary Sng ▪ Brown University

Full schedule available at:


9:00 – 9:30:  Breakfast, Welcome Address by Marc Redfield

9:30 – 11:30
Susan Bernstein (Brown), “Reading, Philology (Schlegel, Hamacher, de Man)”
Christian Benne (U. of Copenhagen), “Lessing/Schlegel: On the Politics of Philology”

11:30 – 12:45: Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:45
Christiane Frey (JHU/RWTH Aachen), “Philological Ellipses: Friedrich Schlegel, Rahel Varnhagen”
Maud Meyzaud (ZfL, Berlin), “Chanting Letters. Hardenberg’s Theory of Prose”

3:00 – 5:00
Brian McGrath (Clemson U.), “Hedging”
Felix Christen (Queen Mary U. of London), “Diaphilology: Poetry, Dialogue, and the Romantic Grounds of Language in Friedrich Schlegel and Dorothea Veit”

5:15 – 6:15
Zachary Sng (Brown) & William Keach (Brown), “Love Language: On Schlegel and Shelley”

7:00 Conference Dinner


8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00
Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz (Princeton U.), “Friedrich Gentz’s Un-Empfindlichkeit: Philology, Translation, Critique”
David Martyn (Macalester College), “Grimm’s Metalangual Philology”

11:00 – 12:30 Samuel Weber, “Philological Enjoyment: zu gleich”

12:30 – 1:45 Lunch Break

1:45 – 3:45
Kristina Mendicino (Brown), “To Wit: Jean Paul’s Novel Philology”
Kevin McLaughlin (Brown), “Philological Reflection: Benjamin on Schlegel and Hölderlin”

Co-organizing Committee

Kristina Mendicino (German Studies), Marc Redfield (English, Comparative Literature), Zachary Sng (German Studies, Comparative Literature)

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