Stefan U. Uhlig

Stefan Uhlig

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Affiliated Faculty of the Graduate Program in German and the Program in Critical Theory

809 Sproul

Education and Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • B.A., University of Cambridge

Research Interest(s)

  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature
  • History and theory of literary studies

Course(s) Taught

  • COM 195 The Bildungsroman
  • COM 120 Writing Nature: 1750 to the Present
  • COM 164D The Enlightenment
  • COM 7 Fantasy and the Supernatural
  • COM 141 Comparative Critical Theory
  • COM 255 Graduate Colloquium in Comparative Literature
  • Freshman Seminar: What is the Point of an Interpretation?
  • Freshman Seminar: Democratic Education


I work on the history of literary studies, rhetoric, poetics, historiography, aesthetics, and the history of education. I teach anglophone and European literary writing from the late seventeenth into the early nineteenth century. Before coming to UC Davis, I was a Fellow and Director of Studies at King's College in the University of Cambridge.

Committees and Service

  • Academic Senate Committee on Admissions and Enrollment

Selected Publications

“Secondary Affect in Lessing, Mendelssohn, and Nicolai,” in Affect and Literature, ed. Alex Houen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018)

Review of César Domínguez, Haun Saussy, and Darío Villanueva, Introducing Comparative Literature: New Trends and Applications (New York: Routledge, 2015), Comparative Critical Studies, 15:1 (2018), 132-7

Goethe, Worlds, and Literatures, co-edited and introduced with Chunjie Zhang, special issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 54.2 (2018)

Review of B. Venkat Mani, Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with Books (New York: Fordham, 2017), The German Quarterly, 90:3 (2017), 404-6

"Goethe’s Figurative Method," in The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism, ed. Paul Hamilton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 315-39

"Ferguson’s School for Literature," in The Poetic Enlightenment: Poetry and Human Science, 1650-1820, ed. Tom Jones and Rowan Boyson (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013), 43-57

“The Long Goodbye to Rhetoric,” in REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. Volume 28: Mobility in Literature and Culture, 1500-1900, ed. Ingo Berensmeyer, Christoph Ehland, and Herbert Grabes (Tübingen: Narr, 2012), 237-64

“Historiography or Rhetoric? A Road (Not) Taken in the Evolution of the Literary Field,” in The Canonical Debate Today: Crossing Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries, ed. Theo D’Haen, David Damrosch, and Liviu Papadima (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011), 215-26

Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory: Knowledge, Language, Experience, edited and introduced with Alexander Regier (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Aesthetics and the Work of Art: Adorno, Kafka, Richter, edited and introduced with Peter de Bolla (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

"Wordsworth, Gray, and the Ordinary Life of Poetry," in The Meaning of "Life" in Romantic Poetry and Poetics, ed. Ross Wilson (New York: Routledge, 2009), 33-56