Silke-Maria Weineck

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Chair, Department of Comparative Literature
Professor of German Studies

435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Office Location(s): 6048 Fleming Administration Building - Temporary Through Mid-August
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Comparative Literature
    • Germanic Languages and Literature
  • Fields of Study
    • Areas of research: Figurality, 18-20th Century German and French Theory,  Long 18th Century German Literature, Classical Reception Languages: German, Latin, French
  • About

    Professor Weineck's second book The Tragedy of Fatherhood: King Laius and the Politics of Paternity in the West is available from Amazon.  Her first book The Abyss Above: Philosophy and Poetic Madness in Plato, Hölderlin, and Nietzsche is available from SUNY Press.

    Silke thinks of herself as a metaphorologist; she is especially interested in the relationship between philosophy, literature, and figuration from the 18th to the 20th century. She serves on the steering committee of "Context for Classics," a faculty initiative devoted to exploring the presence of antiquity in the modern world. Currently, Silke is completing a book on paternal subjectivity: The Laius Complex: Politics and Tragic Paternity examines fatherhood as the master trope of politics, working with texts from Sophocles to Lacan.

    Selected Publications

    • "The Abyss Above: Philosophy and Poetic Madness in Plato, Hölderlin, and Nietzsche." Buffalo: State University of New York Press, (2002) .
    • "Invisible Person': Carl Schmitt and the Master Trope of Power," forthcoming in Germanic Review.
    • "The Laius Syndrome, or The Ends of Political Fatherhood," forthcoming in Cultural Critique, special issue on "Classical Reception and the Political."
    • "Heteros Autos: Freud's Fatherhood," in: Dreams of Interpretation/The Interpretation of Dreams, ed. Catherine Liu, John Mowitt, and Thomas Pepper, University of Minnesota Press, 2007. German Version in KultuRRevolution 46 (2004), 40-47.
    • "Dead Children: Ben Jonson Epitaph on my first sonne," in: Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe, ed. Basil Dufallo and Peggy McCracken, University of Michigan Press, 2007.
    • "The Eighth Elegy," transl. of Rainer Maria Rilke, Duineser Elegien VIII, American Poetry Review, Nov/Dec 2000.


  • Education
    • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania
  • Awards
    • Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship
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