Dr. Kathleen Merrow
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies—Social Sciences
M.A. 1993 Cornell University
Ph.D. 1998 Cornell University
On the PSU Faculty since 1997
Modern European intellectual history, early modern European history, feminist history and theory. I am also interested in the history and theory of rhetoric and the theory and practice of intertextuality. My current research deals with the study of the 19th-century German thinker Friedrich Nietzsche in the relevant historical and textual contexts. I have a particular interest in rethinking Nietzsche’s relationship to the textual traditions of the past and the ways in which this is shaped by the formal structures of his texts, most particularly by the complex webs of intertextual allusions present in his works. I have published several articles on this, as well as several conference papers, most recently an essay on intertextuality in Ecce Homo (“How One Becomes What One Is”: Intertextuality and Autobiography in Ecce Homo” in Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo, edited by Duncan Large and Nicholas Martin, forthcoming from De Gruyter. I will be taking a sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year to work on a manuscript tentatively titled Nietzsche’s Three Centuries: Rewriting the History of Modernity.
In addition to teaching in the core curriculum of the Honors Program, I teach (most recently) upper division seminars on the topics of Freud’s work in relation to feminist theory, reading Antigone to study gender and ideas of the feminine in the classical tradition and modern appropriations of this, the graphic novel, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, and courses on the Enlightenment and on 19th-century ideas of “history.”