Christiane Frey

Christiane Frey

Associate Professor of German
Head of Section
Co-Director, Max Kade Center

Program: German
Gilman 408
Th 3-5pm

Research Interests: 17th- and 18th-century German literature in the European context; history of science; literature and astronomy; early modern philosophy and aesthetics; critical theories of secularization; baroque temporalities; small forms; historical epistemologies and ecologies

Education: PhD, University of Bonn

Christiane Frey is Associate Research Professor of German at Johns Hopkins University while also teaching at RWTH Aachen University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bonn and her M.A. from the Sorbonne (Paris IV) in German, French and Comparative Literatures (with additional concentrations in Philosophy and Theology). She has previously taught at the Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Chicago, at Princeton and at New York University.

Her research focuses on 17th– and 18th–century German literature and philosophy in the European context at the intersection of the history of science and religion. She is particularly interested in the history of medical and philosophical anthropology and forms of self-care; aesthetic theory before and after Kant; the interplay between the baroque stage and astronomy; early modern political theologies; critical theories of secularization; literary epistemologies; short forms and micrologies of knowledge. Other areas of research and teaching include literary genre and form theory; fiction and calculus; thought experiments and possible worlds theory; seriality across centuries and media; literature and ecology.

Professor Frey teaches courses on a range of topics within the fields of German and Comparative literatures, literary theory, and the relation between literature, philosophy, and the sciences. Below is a partial list of recently taught and upcoming undergraduate and graduate courses:

  • Cosmopoetics: From Kepler to Thea von Harbou
  • Novellas, Cycles, Series: Boccaccio, Goethe, and Beyond
  • Literature and Insects
  • Leibniz, Contingency, and Possible Worlds
  • Monads, Milieus, Modernity
  • Micro-Fiction: From Zincgref to Twitterature
  • Baroque Theater and Political Theory
  • Crime and Punishment: Kleist to Kafka
  • Theories of Literary Forms
  • Thought Experiments and Dream Narratives
  • Dramatic Temporalities
  • Sense and Sensibility: 18th-century Aesthetics