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Dr. 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.

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Teaching
Introduction to Cultural Studies, Modernism, contemporary British short stories, detective fiction, Oscar Wilde, Angela Carter, Utopia and Dystopia, Late-Victorian Radicals.
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Research
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. 
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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).

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Upcoming Project: 

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