Paul A. Fleming

Professor; Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities
German Studies/Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

192 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-8355

Paul A. Fleming

Professor; Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities
German Studies/Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise

Humor and notions of the comic; the average man; eighteenth and nineteenth century German and European literature, especially the novel in its relation to prosaic reality; aesthetics and hermeneutics from 1750 to the present; critical theory; the relation between narration, knowledge, and rhetoric

Current Research Interest

A book project on the use of anecdotes in and as theory, which emphasizes their epistemological, rhetorical, and historical function in thought; co-translation of Hans Blumenberg’s St. Matthew Passion

Distinction

University of Munich’s Center for Advanced Study Guest Scholar
Humboldt Research Grant to Germany
Berlin’s Center for Literary Research Guest Scholar
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
Fulbright Research Grant

Selected Publications

Fleming, Paul. Exemplarity and Mediocrity: The Art of the Average from Bourgeois Tragedy to Realism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009.

Fleming, Paul. The Pleasures of Abandonment: Jean Paul and the Life of Humor. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2006.

Cornell Research Website Article

The Anecdote, Capturing an Experience