Chenxi Tang

Chenxi Tang

Professor of German

ctang@berkeley.edu

Office: 5331 Dwinelle

Academia.edu: https://berkeley.academia.edu/ChenxiTang

Chenxi Tang studied comparative literature, German literature, and philosophy at Peking University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, and Columbia University (PhD 2000). He taught at the University of Chicago before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2007. Professor Tang’s research and teaching interests include: German literature and intellectual history from the baroque to modernism, with an emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially the time around 1800; Early modern Europe; Law and literature; Legal and political thought; Literary and Cultural Theory. The first volume of his project “Imagining World Order: International Law and Literature in Europe,” completed in 2015, shows how international law emerged in the early modern period, how literature worked on the problems inherent in international law and imaginatively rehearsed various models of world order, and how in the process a set of literary forms common to major European languages – a European literature – evolved. The second volume studies the period from the French Revolution to the founding of the United Nations, providing a literary genealogy of international institutions. Prof. Tang’s earlier book-length projects investigate how modern Europe created a temporal-spatial framework for itself, tracing the beginning of the writing of world history in the Enlightenment, as well as the romantic origins of the geographic paradigm in modern Western thought. Prof. Tang is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2009/10), Mellon Project Grant (2012), and University of California President's Faculty Research Fellowship (2013).

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: Stanford University Press, 2008). 368 pages.
    • 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 (completed manuscript under review)
  • Imagining World Order II: International Law and Literature in Modern Europe, 1800-1950 (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 (since 2005)
  • "Allegories of International Order in Early Modern Europe." In: Ulla Haselstein (ed.), Allegorie (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016), 88-110
  • “International Legal Order and Baroque Tragic Play: Andreas Gryphius’s Catharina von Georgien.”  Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift fuer 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: Helge Jordheim (ed.). Conceptualizing the World (forthcoming)
  • “Travel Literature and Modern Natural Law.” Colloquium Helveticum (2012), pp. 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), pp. 87-136
  • “Re-imagining World Order: From International Law to Romantic Poetics.” Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 84 (2010), pp. 526-579
  • Part of the material also published in a slightly different version: “From International Law to Romantic Poetics: Legal Historical Observations on Friedrich Schlegel”. Cadernos de Letras 27 (2010),  33-45
  • “Wetterdienst und Poesie. Zum Verhältnis von meteorologischem Wissen und politischer Ordnung im neuzeitlichen Staat und bei Friedrich Hölderlin.” In: Georg Braungart and Urs Büttner (eds.). Atmosphären. (Munich: Fink, 2016), 247-263
  • “Figurations of Universal History in Moritz.” In: Anthony Krupp (ed.), Karl Philip Moritz. Signaturen des Denkens (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010), 293-304
  • “Poetologie der Kulturlandschaft bei Humboldt und Hölderlin”. Romantische Räume. Ed. Inka Mülder-Bach and Gerhard Neumann (Würzburg: Könighausen und Neumann, 2007), pp. 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), pp. 63-73.
  • “Herder und die Entstehung der modernen Geographie“. Der frühe und der späte Herder: Kontinuität und/oder Korrektur. Ed. Gerhard Sauder (Heidelberg: Synchron, 2006), pp. 121-128
  • “Kierkegaard and the Culture of Psychological Experimentation in the Nineteenth Century”. KulturPoetik: Zeitschrift für kulturwissenschaftliche Literaturwissenschaft / Journal For Cultural Poetics 6 (2006), pp. 172-188.
  • “Romantische Orientierungstechnik: Kartographie und Dichtung um 1800“. Topographien der Literatur: Deutsche Literatur im transnationalen Kontext. Ed. Hartmut Böhme (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2005), pp. 151-176.
  • “Rhetorik mit Akzent: Mündlichkeit, Schriftlichkeit und Rhetorik der Kulturbeschreibung bei Herder”. Rhetorik: Figuration und Performanz. Ed. Jürgen Fohrmann (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2004), pp. 420-443.
  • “Reading Europe, Writing China: European Literary Tradition and Chinese    Authorship in Yu Dafu’s Sinking” (in English). Arcadia: Internationale Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft/International Journal for Literary Studies 40 (2005), pp. 153-176.

Recent Courses

Law and Literature; Tragedy and the Tragic; German Drama and Opera; The Political Eighteenth Century; German Romanticism; Nineteenth-century German literature; Goethe; Wagner and Nietzsche; Kafka

Research Areas

German literature and intellectual history from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the classical period; Early modern Europe; Literature in relation to law and political thought; Literary Theory; Cultural Theory