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Stone, Lauren Shizuko Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Lauren Shizuko Stone's research interests include literature and culture from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries and their points of intersection with the German philosophical tradition since Kant. Her work focuses on representations of marginal figures in quotidian culture, with an emphasis on short format prose (e.g., fragments, letters, short stories, and novellas) produced during the rise and solidification of the bourgeois class. Broadly speaking, her work is animated by an interest in how literature renders a range of intractable philosophical problems through poetic language—from the re-appearance of Leibniz’ monad in early 20th century representations of childhood to the construction of gender in expressions of female same-sex desire before Freud. Recently, her work has ranged in topic from flirtation as a question for ordinary language philosophy to the aesthetic production of the non-traditional “family.”

keywords

  • 19th- and early 20th-century literature and philosophy, German Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, Literary theory, Aesthetics, Translation Theory, Theories of Gender and Sexuality, Critical Theory

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • GRMN 4502 - Nietzsche: Literature and Values
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Emphasis is placed on Nietzsche's major writings spanning the years 1872-1888, with particular attention to the critique of Western values. A systematic exploration of doctrines, concepts and ideas leading to the values of creativity. Taught in English. Same as HUMN 4502.
  • GRMN 5010 - Theory and Practice of German Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides a graduate-level introduction to German Studies, with emphasis on theoretical approaches and current trends in German Studies. Special attention will be given to developing the tools necessary for advanced criticism: close-reading skills, mastery of critical terminology, and training in a range of theoretical approaches. The main goals of this course are (1) to introduce students to critical approaches to literature/art/film and recent theoretical trends in German literary and cultural studies, (2) to give students the opportunity to deepen interpretive skills through close reading and discussion of representative texts, and (3) to encourage students to explore theoretical approaches to literary and cultural material.
  • GRMN 5030 - Foundations of Critical Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    An introductory study of nineteenth-century German philosophy (especially Kant, Hegel, and Marx). Required course for the graduate certificate in Critical Theory.
  • HUMN 4502 - Nietzsche: Literature and Values
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Emphasis is placed on Nietzsche's major writings spanning the years 1872-1888, with particular attention to the critique of Western values. A systematic exploration of doctrines, concepts and ideas leading to the values of creativity. Same as GRMN 4502.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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