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Stone, Lauren Shizuko Assistant Professor


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  • 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.”


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


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