Dr. Joseph D. O'Neil

Dr. Joseph D. O'Neil

Associate Professor of German

Irvin Hall 158
oneiljd@MiamiOH.edu
(513) 529-2514

OFFICE HOURS

Fall '21 (202210)

Tuesdays | 9:00am-10:00am and 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesdays | 10:00am-12:00pm
Thursdays | 9:00am-10:00am and 11:30am-12:30pm
And by appointment.
Email for appointment if virtual meeting needed.

 


EDUCATION

2009-Ph.D.-Indiana University, Bloomington, Comparative Literature and Modern German Literature and Culture
Dissertation: The Impossible Birth of the Political: Language and Crisis in Gracián, Goethe, and Kleist.
     Director: William Rasch
     Readers: Fritz Breithaupt, Gilbert Chaitin, Michel Chaouli, Oscar Kenshur

2000-M.A.-Indiana University, Bloomington, Comparative Literature

1996-B.A.-University of Louisville, magna cum laude, French, Spanish, and German

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Literature, aesthetics, ethics, and politics circa 1800
  • Recent social, political, and cultural theory, especially theories of the political
  • History, theory, and representations of war

COURSES TAUGHT AT MIAMI

  • GER 301: German Language Through the Media
  • GER 311: Passionate Friendships in German Literature

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

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GRANTS AND AWARDS

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Book

  • Figures of Natality: Reading the Political in the Age of Goethe. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2017. 306 pp.

Articles

  • “Politik als Virus: Gedanken eines amerikanischen Germanisten aus Kentucky zu Donald
    Trump.” literaturkritik.de, Vol. 11 (Nov. 2020) (Literary-political essay, 5,857 words)
    https://literaturkritik.de/politik-als-virus-essay-joseph-d-oneil,27347.html 
  • “Selfhood, Sovereignty, and Public Space in Die italienische Reise, ‘Das Rochus-Fest zu Bingen,’
    and Dichtung und Wahrheit, Book Five.” Goethe Yearbook 24 (2017): 105-124. 
  • “Reading the Political in or against Romantic Interdisciplinarity.” Invited contribution to Forum
    on Romanticism. German Quarterly 89.2 (2016): 355-7.

Reviews

  • Review of Christine Lehleiter, ed. Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain. Toronto and London: University of Toronto Press, 2016. Letters in Canada 2016,
    special issue of University of Toronto Quarterly. Appeared 2018.
  • Review of Helmut Müller-Sievers, The Science of Literature: Essays on an Incalculable Difference. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. Goethe Yearbook 24 (2017): 319-21.

Edited Volume

  • Colloquia Germanica 45.2 (2012), special issue on Heinrich von Kleist (appeared 2015) 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Participant in seminar: Participant in seminar: “The Duty of Art: Ethics and Empathy in Aesthetic Theory.” German Studies Association, Portland, OR, 2019.
  • Commentator: Realism in the Age of Goethe and Its Legacy: Realism (GSA 2019)
  • “Goethe with Sade? Principles of Republican Narratology.”
    Modern Languages Association, Chicago, January, 2019.
  • Participant in seminar: “Race Theory in Classical German Thought.”
    German Studies Association, Pittsburgh, September, 2018.
  • “The Revolutionary Pastoral: A Political-Aesthetic Reorientation?”
    Atkins Conference of the Goethe Society of North America, Pennsylvania State University, November 3, 2017. 
  • “Statuary Politics from Schiller and Hegel to Rancière and Groys.”
    German Studies Association, Atlanta, Oct. 7, 2017

INVITED LECTURES

  • “Das Schicksal des Thersites: Ästhetischer Dissens an Rhein und Main um 1800.” Johannes-
    Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, June 1, 2017.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • German Studies Association
  • Goethe Society of North America
  • Lessing Society 

LANGUAGES

  • English (native)
  • German (near-native)
  • French (oral and written proficiency)
  • Spanish (near-native)
  • Latin (some reading proficiency)
  • Scandinavian (for research)