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Dr. DS Mayfield

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Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

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http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/we03/forschung/drittmittelprojekte/dramanet

Dr. DS Mayfield studied American, English, and Spanish Literature at Würzburg University, and Comparative Literature in Berlin and Cambridge (UK). An alumnus of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School at Freie Universitaet, he is a member of the DramaNet project at present, working on Early Modern drama (Rojas, Machiavelli, Shakespeare) with Blumenberg as a theoretical framework.

In 2015, he was a Global Humanities Junior Research and Teaching Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.


Summer 2016                Hauptseminar “Hans Blumenberg’s Œuvre from the Perspective of Literary Studies”; Department of Comparative Literature, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

                                   Proseminar “Transformations of Ancient Philosophy, Poetics and Rhetoric in Gracián’s El Criticón and Oráculo manual y arte de prudencia”; Department of Romance Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

 

Winter 2015/16              Proseminar Comparative Literature, “Symbioses and Interplays of Poetics, Rhetoric and Politics in Machiavelli’s The Prince (Il Principe) and Mandragola”; Department of Comparative Literature, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

 

Summer 2015                Proseminar Comparative Literature, “The American Renaissance (Emerson, Poe, Melville)”; Department of Comparative Literature, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

 

Winter 2014/15              “Introductory Course to Spanish Literature”; Department of Romance Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

 

Summer 2013                Proseminar Spanish Literature, “Poetry of the Siglo de Oro: Garcilaso de la Vega, Góngora, Quevedo”; Department of Romance Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

 

Winter 2012/13              “Introductory Course to Spanish Literature”; Department of Romance Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

 

Research Foci

  • The System of rhetoric in Antiquity and its transformations (specifically in Early Modern times, in Gracián).
  • The Early Modern period in Europe (particularly as to political theory and drama: Machiavelli, Shakespeare).
  • The American Renaissance (specifically Emerson, Poe, Melville, Dickinson).
  • The nexus of philosophy and literature (particularly in Schopenhauer’s, Nietzsche’s and Blumenberg’s Œuvre, and as to literary anthropology).

Mayfield, DS. Artful Immorality – Variants of Cynicism. Machiavelli, Gracián, Diderot, Nietzsche. WeltLiteraturen / World Literatures. 8. Eds. Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Stefan Keppler-Tasaki and Joachim Küpper. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015. Print.