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Adrian Daub

German Studies, Stanford University

Dynasties: The Nuclear Family and its Discontents in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Germany

Adrian Daub is assistant professor of German Studies at Stanford University. He is the author of Zwillingshafte Gebärden (2009, to be published in English as Four-Handed Monsters: The culture of four-hand piano playing in the 19th century in 2013) and Uncivil Unions: The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism (2012). His book Dynasties: The Nuclear Family and its Discontents in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Germany investigates the afterlife of the dynasty in the modern political, philosophical and literary imagination. If the nineteenth century imagined itself as the heyday of the nuclear family, it vested those family structures that loomed beyond this nucleus with threatening and uncanny powers. The book traces how those powers were deployed in different projects of modernism and modernity.