Silke-Maria Weineck is a Comparatist (MA German Studies, Johns Hopkins, Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Univ. of Pennsylvania) with expertise in 18th through 20th Century European Literature and Theory, Classical Reception Studies, and the study of rhetorical figures. She translates German poetry.
My research centers on the long life of narrative tropes and rhetorical figures from classical antiquity through European modernity. My first booThe Abyss Above: Philosophy and Poetic Madness explored the figure of the mad poet and its significance to philosophy's self-definition. I am currently revising a manuscript on the politics of fatherhood, The Laius Complex: Politics and Tragic Paternity. I have published on European literature and philosophy, ranging from Sophocles and Plato over Ben Johnson and Hobbes to Kleist, Freud, and Carl Schmitt.
“God is Dead.” Keywords in German Aesthetics, Harvard UP, 2014.
“Madness and Possession.” The Continuum Companion to Plato. Continuum 2012.
“Thoughts Before a Line of Kleist,” Germanic Review 85:1 (2010), 63-69.
“The Laius Syndrome, or The Ends of Political Fatherhood,” Cultural Critique 74 (2010), special issue on “Classical Reception and the Political,” 131-146.
“’Invisible Person’ Carl Schmitt and the Master Trope of Power Germanic Review 84:3, Summer 2009, 199–221.
“The Eighth Elegy”, transl. of Rainer Maria Rilke, Duineser Elegien VIII, American Poetry Review , Nov/Dec 2000.