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Jerome Carroll

Lecturer in German Studies, Faculty of Arts

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My current research project, entitled 'Reduced Philosophy: Anthropology's Interrogation of Philosophy from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century. ', is a book length study that analyses the… read more

Recent Publications

  • JEROME CARROLL, 2016. Acceleration and Retardation: Temporality, Modernist Poetics and Modernity in the Work of Hans Blumenberg and Viktor Shklovsky. In: DIRK GÖTTSCHE, ed., Critical Time in Modern German Literature and Culture. Peter Lang. 47-66
  • JEROME CARROLL, 2016. Eighteenth Century Departures from Dualism: from Mechanism and Animism to Vitalism and Anthropology German Life and Letters. 69, (In Press.)
  • CARROLL, J., 2013. Phenomenology and the postdramatic: a case study of three plays by Ewald Palmetshofer. In: JÜRS-MUNBY, K., CARROLL, J. and GILES, S., eds., Postdramatic theatre and the political: international perspectives on contemporary performance Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 233-254

Current Research

My current research project, entitled 'Reduced Philosophy: Anthropology's Interrogation of Philosophy from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century. ', is a book length study that analyses the parallels between the philosophical anthropology that is associated with Kant, Herder and Schleiermacher in the late C18th and philosophical positions taken up by those associated with anthropology in the C20th, for instance Max Scheler, Helmut Plessner and Karl Loewith. The discussion will touch on anthropology's critique of Kantian philosophy, its reflections on the subject-object relation, its alleged adherence to naturalist epistemology, and its conception as a 'doctrine of nature' inimical to history. Thinking associated with anthropology will be seen to mobilise a critique of dualism and apriorism which I take to suggest ways beyond the dichotomy of subject and object. Key discussions include Husserl and Scheler's approaches to phenomenology and apriorism, Herder and Heidegger's contrasing attitude to the philosophy of being, and Hans Blumenberg and Charles Taylor's contrasting attitudes to the attitude of anthropology as a theorisation of modernity.

Past Research

My thesis, which was published in 2006 as a book entitled 'Art at the Limits of Perception: The Aesthetic Theory of Wofgang Welsch', presents and discusses the function and value of art that is seen to operate at the extremes of perception. In the tradition of the pre-Kantian conception of aesthetics as an analogon rationis, I read the modulations of the sensory (absence as well as excess) as comparable interrogations of artistic representation, applying these categories to late twentieth century theatre, in particular that of Samuel Beckett, Peter Handke and Heiner Müller.

This discussion of the limits of perception overlaps with aesthetic theory's enduring interest in the sublime, which has also been a focus on my recent research. I have just had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, entitled 'The limits of the sublime, the sublime of limits: hermeneutics as a critique of the postmodern sublime'. In the paper I cite both Hegel and Adorno in support of a reading of the sublime as a theoretical figure that insists that identity and meaning are generating by limits and friction between meanings. I contrast this with the tendency, running from Kant to Lyotard, to read the sublime as evidence for one or other exclusive position, such as the supremacy of reason, the total failure of representation, or the absolute aesthetic value of the sublime art object.

I have published an edited book and articles on contemporary German theatre. Recent work has included articles on the contemporary Austrian dramatist Ewald Palmetshofer, entitled 'Phenomenology and the Postdrmatic: Case Study of Three Plays by Ewald Palmetshofer'. Another article, about the contemporary German dramatist Martin Heckmanns, entitled 'Unbestimmtheit als Methode: Die endlosen Stücke von Martin Heckmanns', reads the techniques of thematic and linguistic indeterminacy that characterise his work as a political strategy and as a comment on the status of the artist as a source of political authority.

  • JEROME CARROLL, 2016. Acceleration and Retardation: Temporality, Modernist Poetics and Modernity in the Work of Hans Blumenberg and Viktor Shklovsky. In: DIRK GÖTTSCHE, ed., Critical Time in Modern German Literature and Culture. Peter Lang. 47-66
  • JEROME CARROLL, 2016. Eighteenth Century Departures from Dualism: from Mechanism and Animism to Vitalism and Anthropology German Life and Letters. 69, (In Press.)
  • CARROLL, J., 2013. Phenomenology and the postdramatic: a case study of three plays by Ewald Palmetshofer. In: JÜRS-MUNBY, K., CARROLL, J. and GILES, S., eds., Postdramatic theatre and the political: international perspectives on contemporary performance Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 233-254
  • CARROLL, J., JURS-MUNBY, K. and GILES, S., 2013. Introduction. In: CARROLL, J. and JURS-MUNBY, K., eds., Postdramatic theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance Methuen Drama. (In Press.)
  • CARROLL, J., 2012. Philosophical anthropology, human nature and subjectivity from Kant to Charles Taylor. In: CARROLL, J., GILES, S. and OERGEL, M., eds., Aesthetics and modernity from Schiller to the Frankfurt School Peter Lang. 183-207
  • CARROLL, J., 2012. Introduction. In: CARROLL, J., GILES, S. and OERGEL, M., eds., Aesthetics and Modernity from Schiller to the Frankfurt School Peter Lang. 1-8
  • CARROLL, J., 2010. Stranger on the Shore: Metaphors of the Sea and Human Meaning Transmission Annual. 1, 126-38
  • CARROLL, J., 2008. The limits of the sublime, the sublime of limits: hermeneutics as a critique of the postmodern sublime Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 66(2), 171-81
  • CARROLL, J., 2006. Art at the limits of perception: the aesthetic theory of Wolfgang Welsch Bern: P. Lang.
  • CARROLL, J., 2006. Unbestimmtheit als Methode: die endlosen Stücke von Martin Heckmanns. In: BARNETT, D., MCGOWAN, M. and JÜRS-MUNBY, K., eds., Das Analoge sträubt sich gegen das Digitale?: Materialitäten des deutschen Theaters in einer Welt des Virtuellen Berlin: Theater der Zeit. 128-141
  • CARROLL, J, 2005. Sensory withdrawal and sensory excess as testing the limits of the representable: a discussion of Wolfgang Welsch’s aesthetic theory and Peter Handke and Heiner Müller’s dramatic practice. In: BRIEL, H M and FEHRINGER, C, eds., Field studies : German language, media and culture V. Bern: Peter Lang. 229-247
  • CARROLL, J., 2003. The Art of the Imperceptible: A Discussion of Wolfgang Welsch’s Anaesthetics. In: GILES, S and OERGEL, M, eds., Counter-Cultures in Germany and Central Europe: From Sturm und Drang to Baader-Meinhof Bern: Peter Lang. 241-257

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