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 PhD  University of Washington
 MA  University of Tübingen



Professor Schlutz teaches both at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He studied Comparative Literature, English Literature and French Literature in Germany and the United States. He received his MA from the University of Tübingen and his PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses mainly on the intersection of literature and philosophy in the Romantic period and the relationship between literature and ecology. He coordinated John Jay's program and minor in Sustainability and Environmental Justice from 2014-2020.

He is the author of Mind’s World. Imagination and Subjectivity from Descartes to Romanticism (University of Washington Press), which won the International Conference on Romanticism’s Jean-Pierre Barricelli prize for best book published in Romanticism studies in 2009, and co-editor, with Frank Madro, of Im Prozeß der Kultur. Essays, Perspektiven und Entwürfe (In the Process of Culture. Essays, Perspectives, and Sketches) (Merus, 2008), a collection of essays on questions of contemporary culture.

Professor Schlutz has published essays in leading Romanticist journals such as Studies in Romanticism and European Romantic Review, and he is associate editor of Essays in Romanticism. He also co-founded and served as editor-in-chief for the interdisciplinary German on-line journal parapluie from 1997-2014.


Scholarly Work


Mind's World. Imagination and Subjectivity from Descartes to Romanticism. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009.

Ed. Im Prozeß der Kultur. Essays, Perspektiven und Entwürfe. Hamburg: Merus, 2009. (co-edited with Frank Madro).


“Calls in the Desert. Peter Reading’s Climate Change Poetry.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE) 25.4 (Autumn 2018): 786-808.

“‘A Poor Imprisoned Animal.’ Persons, Property, and the Unnatural Nature of the Law in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s ‘Das Majorat.’” Transgressive Hoffmann. Ed. Christopher Clason. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018. 19-44.

“Imagining the Present Future. Thoughts on Extreme Whether.” In: Karen Malpede. Plays in Time. Bristol: Intellect, 2017. 261-8.

“E.T.A. Hoffmann und die Literatur der Britischen Inseln.” Essay solicited for the online E.T.A. Hoffmann Portal der Staatsbibliothek Berlin. 2017.

“Uncovering the Beauty of Medusa.” Studies in Romanticism 54.3 (Fall 2015): 329-53.

“Wordsworth and Coleridge on Imagination.” Oxford Handbook of Wordsworth. Ed. Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 499-515.

 “The Mirror of Laughter: Mediation, Self-Reflection and Healing in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Princess Brambilla.” European Romantic Review 22.3 (June 2011): 415-22. (republished in E.T.A.  Hoffmann Jahrbuch 20 [2012])

“E.T.A. Hoffmann's Marketplace Vision of Berlin.” Romanticism and the City. Ed. Larry H. Peer. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 105-134.

“Purloined Voices. Edgar Allan Poe Reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge.” Studies in Romanticism 47.2 (Summer 2008): 195-225.

“The Dangers of Imagination. Coleridgean Dreams and Nightmares.” The Coleridge Bulletin New Series 25 (Summer 2005): 46-53.

“Gegen die Angst einer Welt ohne Geschichten: Salman Rushdies Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Im Bann der Zeichen. Die Angst vor der Verantwortung in Literatur und Literaturwissenschaft. Ed. Markus Heilmann and Thomas Wägenbaur. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1998. 193-201.

“Where Never. The Failure of Literary Memory in the Work of Samuel Beckett.” The Poetics of  Memory. Ed. Thomas Wägenbaur. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 1998. 113-22.