JAEGER, Stephan

Stephan Jaeger (PhD Bielefeld) is Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies for the German and Slavic Studies Department at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jaeger’s research interests include: German and comparative literature since 1750; Literary Theory (particularly theory of aesthetic response, hermeneutics, poststructuralism, discourse theory, and performance theory); Relations between literature and historiography/history, poetics, narratology and aesthetics of historiography and writing; Theory and history of poetry; Theories of subjectivity; German and British Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Representations of War and History in Contemporary Literature; and European Modernism. He has just completed a book manuscript entitled Performative Geschichtsschreibung. Grenztexte zwischen Historiographie, Literatur und Philosophie bei Forster, Herder, Schiller, Archenholz und den Brüdern Schlegel) (Performative Historiography. Texts on the Borderline between History, Philosophy, and Literature – Forster, Herder, Schiller, Archenholz, and the Schlegel Brothers), which has been sponsored by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant. Presently, he is undertaking a number of book projects, notably Fighting Words and Images: Representing War across the Disciplines, co-edited with Elena Baraban and Adam Muller expected in Fall 2011; and as a new project Historiographical Narratology and German World War II Representation.

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Department of German & Slavic Studies, 326 Fletcher Argue Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 5V5
(204) 474-9930
Research Description
My current research focuses on the relationship of historiography and literature in late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century texts, dealing with performativity and creation of textual worlds in historical representations. I explore the relationship of historiography, philosophy, and literature in Germany (within the European context) between 1750 and 1820. I am working on a number of articles on Forster, historiographical claims of German Romanticism and Performativity in late eighteenth-century German historiographical writing, as well as on the idea of Europe in historiographical writing around 1800. In general, I examine late 18th century German historiography which always maintains historiographical and philosophical truth-claims at the same time. The texts discussed challenge the method of historiographical synthesis, so that they are often denied the status of ‘proper history.’ Yet, they are not historical fiction, since they clearly maintain a referential truth-claim about the past. By focusing on borderline texts, I can further explore the representational possibilities of historiography, which are not examined by the existing research that mainly focuses on either a stable discourse of academic historiography or on historical fiction. In this area, I also have recently completed a monograph, currently under review with a German press, entitled Performative Geschichtsschreibung. Grenztexte zwischen Historiographie, Literatur und Philosophie bei Forster, Herder, Schiller, Archenholz und den Brüdern Schlegel (Performances of History in Germany in the Late Eighteenth-Century). Besides my interest in the overlap of history and literature, I continue to be interested in the topic of my first monograph on the Theory of Lyrical Expression, and the expression of subjectivity, particularly in Clemens Brentano’s and Joseph von Eichendorff’s poetry, as well as comparatively in European Romanticism, with an emphasis on British romanticism.