Manuel Clemens

Above all, Manuel’s work focuses on the vexed relationship between aesthetics, education and politics, in order to investigate the prerequisites and constitution of a liberal society. He has taught at ANU since 2018 and received his PhD in German Studies from Yale University with a dissertation on “The Labyrinth of Aesthetic Solitude. A Small Theory of Bildung”. In general, his research and teaching interests focus on history and theory of Bildung, the novel from Goethe to present, interrelations of aesthetic and political theories, representations of authority and populism, Latin American literature as well as intellectual history from 1750 to present.

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