David Roberts

David Roberts
 

Biography

David Roberts is Emeritus Professor of German, a former director of the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, and co-editor of the social theory journal Thesis Eleven.

Research Interests

  • Modern German literature
  • European modernism Aesthetic theory
  • The total work of art
  • Socio-aesthetics
  • World Literature

Publications

Books

editor (with Gerhard Fischer), Schreiben nach der Wende. Ein Jahrzehnt deutscher Literatur . Tübingen, Stauffenburg, 2001. Second edition 2008.

Art and Enlightenment: Aesthetic Theory after Adorno. Lincoln, London, University of Nebraska Press 1992. Paperback edition 2005.

(with Peter Murphy), Dialectic of Romanticism. A Critique of Modernism. London: Continuum, 2004

droberts-reconstructing(with Johann P. Arnason), Canetti’s Counter-Image of Society, Rochester, N.Y., Camden House, 2004.

David Roberts and Johann P. Arnason Seizing the Century by the Throat: Elias Canetti and the Crisis of European Civilization Rochester, N.Y., Camden House, in press.

Gerhard Fischer and David Roberts (eds) Schreiben nach der Wende: Ein Jahrzehnt deutscher Literatur Tbingen, Stauffenburg, 2001.

David Roberts (ed.) Reconstructing Theory: Gadamer, Habermas, Luhmann Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1995.

Brian Nelson, David Roberts and Walter Veit (eds) The European Community in the 1990s: Economics, Politics, Defence Oxford, Berg, 1992.

Brian Nelson, David Roberts and Walter Veit (eds) The Idea of Europe: Problems of National and Transnational Identities Oxford, Berg, 1992.

droberts-art-enlightDavid Roberts and Philip Thomson (eds) The Modern German Historical Novel: Paradigms, Problems, Perspectives Oxford, Berg, 1991.

Art and Enlightenment: Aesthetic Theory after Adorno Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1990.

Pavel Petr, David Roberts and Philip Thomson (eds) Comic Relations: Studies in the Comic, Satire and Parody Frankfurt, Lang, 1985.

Tendenzwenden: Aspekte des Kulturwandels der siebziger Jahre Frankfurt, Peter Lang, 1984.

The Indirections of Desire: Hamlet in Goethes Wilhelm Meister Heidelberg, Carl Winter Verlag, 1980.

Kopf und Welt: Elias Canettis Roman ‘Die Blendung’ Mnchen, Hanser Verlag, 1975.

Artistic Consciousness and Political Conscience: The Novels of Heinrich Mann 1900-1938 Bern, Lang, 1971.

Chapters and Articles (since 1995)

The Boheme and the Avantgarde. Historical Reflexions on Helmut Kreuzer’s Die Bohème, in Leslie Bodi, Günter Helmes, Egon Schwarz, Friedrich Voit (eds.), Weltbürger-Textwelten. Helmut Kreuzer zum Dank, Frankfurt, Lang, 1995, 363-384.

Introduction, in David Roberts (ed.), Reconstructing Theory. Gadamer, Habermas, Luhmann. Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1995, 1-9.

From Text to System: Recent German Literary Theory, in D. Roberts (ed.), Reconstructing Theory, 91-114.

Democracy and Culture: The Janus Face of the Postmodern in Ferenc Feher’s Writings on Aesthetics,Thesis Eleven 42 (1995), 41-51.

Die Blendung der gesamten Romanliteratur. Canettis paradoxe Romanpoetik, in Gerhard Neumann (ed.),Canetti als Leser, Freiburg, Rombach, 1996, 49-58.

The Law of the Text of the Law. Derrida before Kafka, Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift für Literaturwissenschaft69 (1995), 344-367.

Heiner Müller’s Quartet: The Endgame of Aesthetic Existence, in Gerhard Fischer (ed.), Heiner Müller. ConTEXTS and HISTORY, Tübingen, Stauffenburg, 1995, 97-102.

Georg Simmel’s Philosophy of Money: Reflexions on the relation between Philosophy and History, Thesis Eleven 44(1996), 39-68.

Crowds and Power or the Natural History of Modernity: Horkheimer, Adorno, Canetti, Arendt, Thesis Eleven45 (1996), 39-68.

On Aura and an Ecological Aesthetics of Nature, in Gerhard Fischer (ed.), ‘With the Sharpened Axe of Reason’. Approaches to Walter Benjamin, Oxford, Berg, 1996, 55-66.

Zur Genealogie der Literatur. Überlegungen zur Selbstbeobachtung in stratifizierten Gesellschaften, in Jürgen Fohrmann, Harro Müller (eds.), Systemtheorie der Literatur, Munich, Fink, 1996, 292-309.

 Introduction: Debating Enzensberger, in Gerhard Fischer (ed.), Debating Enzensberger. ‘Great Migration’ and ‘Civil War’, Tübingen, Stauffenburg, 1996, ix-xvi.

What’s left? – Enzensberger and the Role of the Intellectual in Germany, in G. Fischer (ed.), Debating Enzensberger, 31-38.

Paradox Preserved: From Ontology to Autology. Reflexions on Niklas Luhmann’s The Art of Society, Thesis Eleven 51 (1997), 53-74.

Arte e mito: Adorno e Heidegger, Nuovo Corrente XLV (1998), 37-64.

Politics and Economy: A Gloss, Thesis Eleven 53 (1998), 11-14.

Von der ästhetischen Utopie der Moderne zur Kunst der Gesellschaft, in Bernhard Greiner, Maria Moog-Grünewald (eds.), Etho-Poetik. Ethik und Ästhetik im Dialog. Bonn: Bouvier, 1998, 119-134.

Kleists Kritik der Urteilskraft. Zum Erhabenen in Das Erdbeben in Chili, in Tim Mehigan (ed.), Kleist und die Aufklärung, Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2000, 46-57.

Narratives of Modernization. The German Student Movement and Social Change in West Germany,Australia In Between Cultures. Canberra: The Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1999, 44-54.

Art and Myth: Adorno and Heidegger, Thesis Eleven, 58 (1999), 19-34.

The Globalizing of the University. Some Thoughts on the Environment of Literary Studies, in Guido Zurstiege (ed.), Festschrift für die Wirklichkeit. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2000, 75-82.

Erzählungen der Modernisierung. Die Studentenbewegung und der gesellschaftliche Wandel in Deutschland, in Rainer Rosenberg, Inge Münz-Koenen, Petra Boden (eds.), Der Geist der Unruhe. 1968 im Vergleich. Wissenschaft – Literatur – Medien. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2000, 61-82.

Wissenschaft und Kunst. Gedanken zur soziologischen Imagination bei Niklas Luhmann, in Theodor M. Bardmann, Dirk Baecker (eds.), Gibt es eigentlich den Berliner Zoo noch? Erinnerungen an Niklas Luhmann. Konstanz: UVK Universitätsverlag Konstanz, 1999, 29-31.

Die Paradoxie des Ursprungs. Zur Archäologie der Romantik, in Thomas Wägenbaur (ed.) Blinde Emergenz? Tübingen: Synchron Verlag, 2000, 87-101.

Between Home and World. Agnes Heller’s Concept of the Beautiful, Thesis Eleven 59 (1999), 95-103.

Einleitung, in Fischer, Roberts (eds.), Schreiben nach der Wende. Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2001.

System und Simulation. Wolfgang Hilbigs Endspiel von Geist und Macht in der DDR, in Schreiben nach der Wende. Tuebingen, Stauffenberg, 2001.

 Understanding Understanding. Truth and Method in Gadamer and Bourdieu, in Festschrift für Walter Veit.Frankfurt: Lang, 2002.

The Frightful Exhaustion of the Gods. Religion, Crowds and Power in Elias Canetti, in Bernhard Greiner (ed.), Arche Noah. Die Idee der ‘Kultur’im deutsch-juedischen  Diskurs. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 2002, 359-382.

Towards a Genealogy and Typology of the Spectacle, Thesis Eleven 75 (2003), 54-68.

 Illusion only is sacred: From the Culture Industry to the Aesthetic Economy, Thesis Eleven 73 (2003), 83-95.

2nd June 1967: A Turning Point in West German Literature. The Challenge of the Student Movement to the Literary Institution, in David Wellbury (ed.), The New History of German Literature, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.

The Enigma of Arrival: Peter Handke’s Langsame Heimkehr, in David Wellbery (ed.), The New History of German Literature, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2004.

 The Total Work of Art, Thesis Eleven 83 (2005), 104-121.

 Staging the Absolute: The Total Work from Wagner to Mallarmé, Thesis Eleven 86 (2006), 90-106.

The Play in the Play and the Closure of Representation, in Gerhard Fischer, Bernhard Greiner (eds.), The Play within the Play, Amsterdam: Amsterdam-new York: Rodopi, 2007, 37-46.

Translations (since 1995)

Niklas Luhmann, ‘Politics and Economy’, Thesis Eleven 53 (1998), 1-10.

‘Elias Canetti: Discussion with Theodor W. Adorno’, Thesis Eleven 45, 1996, 1-15.

Niklas Luhmann, ‘The Two Sociologies and the Theory of Society’, Thesis Eleven 43 (1995), 48-65.