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Adrian Del Car0
Adrian Del Caro

Distinguished Professor of Humanities
Head, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
701 McClung Tower

Phone: (865) 974-2311
Fax: (865) 974-7096

Field Specialties

German and Austrian literature and thought from the Enlightenment to the present; philosophy and literature; romanticism; poetics; Nietzsche; translation.

Dr. Del Caro's interdisciplinary teaching and research span the late eighteenth century to the present. He is drawn to figures and issues from the Age of Goethe, the fin-de-siècle, and generally those poets and thinkers whose works reveal a special affinity for the earth. His book in progress is a treatment of Goethe's earth spirit (Erdgeist). Favorite courses over the years have been cross-listed with humanities, philosophy, comparative literature, and include the Faust-theme, Nietzsche, literature in the Age of Goethe, and nature and environment in German literature and thought.

Dr. Del Caro's monographs include Nietzsche Contra Nietzsche: Creativity and the Anti-Romantic (LSU Press, 1989); Hölderlin: The Poetics of Being (Wayne State UP, 1991); Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Poets and the Language of Life (LSU Press, 1993); The Early Poetry of Paul Celan: In the beginning was the word (LSU Press, 1997); Grounding the Nietzsche Rhetoric of Earth (De Gruyter, 2004). He is co-editor with Janet Ward of German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age: The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity (UP of Colorado, 2001 & 2002), and co-editor with Robert Pippin of Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Cambridge UP, 2006), for which Del Caro is the translator. As a translator Del Caro was a major contributor to The German Mind of the Nineteenth Century, ed. Hermann Glaser (Continuum, 1981); and Nietzsche's The Gay Science, ed. Bernard Williams (Cambridge UP, 2001). Translations in progress include titles for the Cambridge UP edition of Schopenhauer's complete works, and for the Stanford UP edition of the complete works of Nietzsche.

Articles by Adrian Del Caro have appeared since 1980 in journals and edited volumes, the most recent of which appear below:

  •  "Margarete-Ariadne: Faust's Labyrinth," GOETHE YEARBOOK 28 (2011), 223-43.
  •  "The Birth of Tragedy," in A Companion to Friedrich Nietzsche: Life and Works, ed. Paul Bishop. (Camden House: 2012), pp. 54-79.

Dr. Del Caro has refereed manuscripts for Modern Austrian Literature; German Quarterly; Colloquia Germanica; Women in German Yearbook; Seminar; Journal of the History of Ideas; PMLA; Mosaic; Philosophy and Rhetoric; Journal of Nietzsche Studies; English Studies in Canada; ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; Culture, Theory and Critique; Goethe Yearbook; SUNY Press; Fairleigh Dickinson UP; Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences ASPP.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota

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