COWAN, Michael

Cowan Michael is Assistant Professor at Department of German Studies. He has been a research felllow at the Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin and at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) in Vienna. Before joining McGill in 2006, he taught in German and Film Studies at the University of Virginia. Currently, he teaches courses in film and German culture in German Studies.

Professor Cowan received McGill's Faculty of Arts Award for Distinction in Research for his work exploring the intersections between the body, aesthetics, media and technology in modern culture. He has published articles on figures such as Nietzsche, Rilke and Döblin and co-edited an essay collection on the role of mass media in imagining modes of embodiment during the period of the Weimar Republic. His new book Cult of the Will: Nervousness and German Modernity investigates modernity's particular preoccupation with excessive nervous bodies in literature, visual art, medicine, body culture and education.

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