in Literary and Cultural Theory, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009.
cub -at- andrew -dot- cmu -dot- edu
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
"Problems of Subjectivity, Criticism, and the Interdisciplinary Origins of Aesthetics"
Working toward an interdisciplinary definition of aesthetics, my
dissertation considers how the aesthetic construction of the art
object can be viewed as a response to generalizable problems of
subjectivity and consciousness that arose in post-enlightenment
intellectual culture. I bring together topics of eighteenth-century
philosophy, Romantic poetry, and theories of artistic practice in
order to demonstrate that each of these domains has a properly
aesthetic dimension -- understood as a mode of inquiry and reflection
which is vitally concerned with problems of autonomy of the subject,
productivity of self-consciousness, and reflective contradiction.
This work is broadly concerned with how the practical or pedagogical
dimension to aesthetic reflection -- grounded in the making of and
critical reflection upon exemplary art-works themselves -- is often in
tension with the theoretical conceptualization of the
category. Understanding this tension as the proper site of aesthetic
investigation makes the category more useful for thinking about
interdisciplinary work in the humanities.
Michael Witmore (Chair), Jon Klancher, Jeffrey Williams, Daniel Selcer
|"Criticism Against Itself: Joshua Reynolds' Discourses on Art and Subjectivity."
International Journal of the Humanities. Common Ground Publishers, Volume 3, 2005.
"Images and Anxieties in 19th Century Landscape Painting: Pittsburgh and Allegheny County."
3Rivers 2nd Nature Annual Rpt.
STUDIO For Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, December 2001.
"Kant and Exemplary Interpretation,"
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Literary Criticism and
Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century Panel, Albuquerque, NM. Spring 2010.
"Making Art and Making Theory: Comparatist Pedagogy in Aesthetics,"
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Richmond, VA. Spring 2009.
"The Translatable Subject in 'Le Dictionnaire des Intraduisibles
(Vocabulaire Européen des Philosophies)'," Modern Language Association,
"Translation in the 21rst Century: What Gets Found." San Francisco, CA.
"Exemplary Dejection: Poets Reading Kant and developing Aesthetic Pedagogy,"
Modern Language Association, Poetry Discussion Panel: "Poetry as Pedagogy."
San Francisco, CA. December 2008.
"Every Poet His Own Aristotle: The Critical Subject and Creative Voice in
Child Harold's Pilgrimage," Byron and Modernity, Vancouver, Canada. Fall
"Criticism Against Itself: Reynolds' Discourses and Subjectivity," Third
International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Cambridge, UK.
"Kant and the Problems of Criticism," Canadian Society for
Aesthetics Annual Meeting. Manitoba, Canada. Spring 2004.
"Adorno, Bloch and Contemporary Aesthetic Agency," Aesthetics and
Politics: Society for European Philosophy Annual Meeting. Essex, UK.
"Utopia and Art in Adorno's Aesthetics," Graduate Student Colloquium
Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA. Spring 2003.
"Shelley and the problem of Idealism," Graduate Student Colloquium
Department of English Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA.
English 76101, Interpretation and Argument: From the Elgin marbles to
Modern Art: Culture, Nation, and Heritage (Fall 2004)
English 76101, Interpretation and Argument: Debates in Art and Culture:
Politics or Morality? (Spring 2003, Fall 2002)
English 76101, Interpretation and Argument: Reading War (Summer 1, 2002)
English 76101, Interpretation and Argument: Sex, Scandal and the Politics
of Representation (Fall 2001, Spring 2002)
English 76101, Interpretation and Argument: Work and Death: Sociobiology
from Germinal to Fresh(Spring 2000)
Carnegie Mellon English Department
Carnegie Mellon Literature and Cultural Studies Program