Chenxi Tang

Chenxi Tang

Professor of German

ctang@berkeley.edu

Office: 5331 Dwinelle

Chenxi Tang studied comparative literature, German literature, and philosophy at Peking University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (MA), and Columbia University (PhD). He taught at the University of Chicago before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2007. Professor Tang works mainly in three areas: 1. German literature and intellectual history from the baroque to modernism, with an emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially classical-romantic literature and the philosophical thought of German idealism. Main publications in this area include "The Geographic Imagination of Modernity: Geography, Literature, and Philosophy in German Romanticism" (Stanford University Press 2008), as well as "Aesthetics and Jurisprudence in German Idealism" (book manuscript in progress); 2. Law and Literature. Main publications in this area include the two-volume project "Imagining World Order: International Law and Literature in Europe." The first volume (Cornell University Press 2018), dealing with the early modern period, traces the ways in which literature engaged with the emerging international law and figured the normative order of the international world by means of a set of generic forms common to major European languages, including the epic, tragedy, romance, and the novel. The second volume, dealing with the period from the French Revolution to the end of the First World War, studies the aesthetic, historical, and institutional paradigms of world order, providing a literary genealogy of international institutions. A new book on "Aesthetics and Jurisprudence in German Idealism" explores the fundamental theoretical issues underlying the field of law and literature; 3. Comparative Literature. Prof. Tang's research deals with literature across linguistic boundaries, focusing on Western Europe (The project "Imagining World Order" studies literature in major European languages) and occasionally East Asia. Prof. Tang is a recipient of numerous awards, including Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, UC President's Faculty Research Fellowship, and Mellon Foundation Research Grant. He currently serves on the editorial board of the PMLA.

Publications

Monographs  
  • Writing World History: The Emergence of Modern Global Consciousness in the Late Eighteenth Century. PhD Dissertation, Columbia University, 2000
  • The Geographic Imagination of Modernity: Geography, Literature and Philosophy in German Romanticism (Stanford University Press, 2008)
    • Reviews: Clio 38:3 (2009), 376-380; The German Quarterly 83:2 (2010), 254-255; Goethe Yearbook 17 (2010), 398-399; ISIS 101:2 (2010), 654-655; The Modern Language Review 105 (2010), 591-592; Modern Language Notes 123 (2008), 1224-1225; Monatshefte 101:4 (2009), 592-594; Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 55 (2009)
  • Imagining World Order: International Law and Literature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800 (Cornell University Press, 2018)
  • Aesthetics and Jurisprudence in German Idealism (in progress)
  • Imagining World Order II: International Law and Literature, 1789-1918 (in progress)
  Translations  
  • Søren Kierkegaard, Begrebet Ironi, translated from Danish into Chinese (Beijing: Chinese Social Sciences Press, 2005) = Collected Works of Kierkegaard in Chinese, vol. 1.
  Recent Articles  
  • “Literary Form and International World Order in Goethe: From Iphigenie to Pandora.” Goethe Yearbook (2018), forthcoming
  • “Legal Realism and Literary Realism.” In Wirklichkeit des Realismus, ed. Veronika Thanner, Joseph Vogl, and Dorothea Walzer. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2017. 85-95
  • "Allegories of International Order in Early Modern Europe." In Allegorie, ed. Ulla Haselstein. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016. 88-110
  • “International Legal Order and Baroque Tragic Play: Andreas Gryphius’s Catharina von Georgien.” Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 88 (2014), 141-171.
  • “Ceremonial Theater and Tragedy from French Classicism to German Classicism.” Comparative Literature 66 (2014), 277-300.
  • “Ordering a New World: The Rise of International Law in the Sixteenth Century.” In: Conceptualizing the World, ed. Helge Jordheim (forthcoming)
  • “Travel Literature and Modern Natural Law.” Colloquium Helveticum (2012), 19-39
  • “The Transformation of the Law of Nations and the Reinvention of the Novella: Legal History and Literary Innovation from Boccaccio’s Decameron to Goethe’s Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten.” Goethe Yearbook 19 (2012), 67-92
  • “Theatralische Inszenierung der Weltordnung. Völkerrecht, Zeremonialwissenschaft und Schillers Maria Stuart.” Jahrbuch der deutschen Schillergesellschaft 55 (2011), 142-168
  • “Die Tragödie der Zivilisation. Völkerrecht und Ästhetik des Tragischen im 19. Jahrhundert.” Forum Vormärz-Forschung Jahrbuch 17 (2011), 87-136
  • “Re-imagining World Order: From International Law to Romantic Poetics.” Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 84 (2010), 526-579
  • “Wetterdienst und Poesie. Zum Verhältnis von meteorologischem Wissen und politischer Ordnung im neuzeitlichen Staat und bei Friedrich Hölderlin.” In Atmosphären, ed. Georg Braungart and Urs Büttner. Munich: Fink, 2016. 247-263
  • “Figurations of Universal History in Moritz.” In Karl Philip Moritz. Signaturen des Denkens, ed. Anthony Krupp. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010. 293-304
  • “Poetologie der Kulturlandschaft bei Humboldt und Hölderlin”. In Romantische Räume, Inka Mülder-Bach and Gerhard Neumann. Würzburg: Könighausen und Neumann, 2007. 169-196
  • “Tragedy of Popular Sovereignty: Hölderlin’s Der Tod des Empedokles”. Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 81 (2007), 346-368
  • “Landschaft als Medium. Zur Sichtbarmachung der Natur in der chinesischen und europäischen Landschaftsmalerei um 1000 und um 1800”. Archiv für Mediengeschichte 7: Stadt – Land – Fluss. Medienlandschaften (2007), 63-73.
  • “Herder und die Entstehung der modernen Geographie“. In Der frühe und der späte Herder: Kontinuität und/oder Korrektur, ed. Gerhard Sauder. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2006. 121-128
  • “Kierkegaard and the Culture of Psychological Experimentation in the Nineteenth Century”. KulturPoetik: Zeitschrift für kulturwissenschaftliche Literaturwissenschaft / Journal For Cultural Poetics 6 (2006), 172-188
  • “Romantische Orientierungstechnik: Kartographie und Dichtung um 1800“. In Topographien der Literatur: Deutsche Literatur im transnationalen Kontext, ed. Hartmut Böhme. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2005. 151-176.
  • “Rhetorik mit Akzent: Mündlichkeit, Schriftlichkeit und Rhetorik der Kulturbeschreibung bei Herder”. In Rhetorik: Figuration und Performanz, ed. Jürgen Fohrmann. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2004. 420-443
  • “Reading Europe, Writing China: European Literary Tradition and Chinese Authorship in Yu Dafu’s Sinking.” Arcadia: Internationale Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft/International Journal for Literary Studies 40 (2005), 153-176

Recent Courses

Aesthetic Theory; Law and Literature; Classical German Literature and Contemporary Criticism; German Romanticism; Tragedy and the Tragic; ; Literature and Political Thought; Goethe; Wagner and Nietzsche; Kafka

Research Areas

German literature and intellectual history from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with an emphasis on classical-romantic literature and the philosophical thought of German Idealism; Law and Literature; Legal and Political Thought; Comparative Literature (mainly Western Europe)