Harald Pittel, MA

I studied English and German Literature, History and Philosophy at RWTH Aachen University, University of Potsdam and FernUni Hagen and received my M.A. in 2010 with a thesis on the hermeneutics of homosexuality in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I taught at Potsdam from 2011 to 2017.

Introduction to Cultural Studies, Modernism, contemporary British short stories, detective fiction, Oscar Wilde, Angela Carter, Utopia and Dystopia, Late-Victorian Radicals.
My research interests include Victorian, Fin-de-Siècle and (post-)modernist literature, utopianism, gender and queer-related aspects, literary, cultural and political theory as well as philosophy and literature. 
PhD Project:

The Self and the Political in Oscar Wilde
Aestheticism as a whole, and Oscar Wilde as its key representative, were long dismissed as escapist and conformist. This has considerably changed as Wilde’s political investments – e.g. in Irish nationalism, feminism, deconstructive dandyism, homosexual self-identification, and anarchist socialism – have attracted much attention. But is this “new” Wilde only an invention from present-day critics, eager to project their favourite images of Wilde onto a notoriously shifty figure? It seems overdue to trace the political in its relations to a sense (or senses) of self as it develops in Wilde’s real-life existence and his literary works. Recent trends in theorizing the “politics of aesthetics” should be useful here, and biography studies will help along the way (PhD dissertation in progress).


Upcoming Project: 

Beyond Crisis: Reassessing Raymond Williams's Cultural Materialism                                           International Conference, January 19-21, 2018                                                                                        more details at http://www.uni-potsdam.de/beyondcrisis/