Geoffrey Hartman

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Geoffrey Hartman
Born
Geoffrey H. Hartmann [1]

(1929-08-11)August 11, 1929
Frankfurt, Germany
DiedMarch 14, 2016(2016-03-14) (aged 86)
Education Queens College, CUNY
Yale University
OccupationLiterary critic
Known for Yale school, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Geoffrey H. Hartman (August 11, 1929 – March 14, 2016) was a German-born [2] American literary theorist, sometimes identified with the Yale School of deconstruction, although he cannot be categorised by a single school or method. Hartman spent most of his career in the comparative literature department at Yale University, where he also founded the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

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Biography

Geoffrey H. Hartmann was born in Frankfurt am Main in Germany, in an Ashkenazi Jewish family. [1] In 1939 he left Germany for England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport child refugee, sent away by his family to escape the Nazi regime. He came to the United States in 1946, where he was reunited with his mother, and later became an American citizen. Upon arrival in the US, his mother changed the family surname to "Hartman" to obscure its Germanic origin. [1]

Hartman attended Queens College, City University of New York and received his PhD from Yale. After appointments at the University of Iowa and Cornell in the 1950s, Hartman returned to Yale and was eventually made Sterling Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University. One of his long-term interests was the English poet William Wordsworth.

His work explores the nature of the creative imagination, as well as the interrelationship of literature and literary commentary. [1] [3] He helped found the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, and lectured on issues dealing with the production and implications of testimony.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Fox, Margalit (20 March 2016). "Geoffrey H. Hartman, Scholar Who Saw Literary Criticism as Art, Dies at 86". New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  2. Balint, Benjamin (May 22, 2008). "From Frankfurt to New Haven". The Forward .
  3. "Geoffrey H. Hartman." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2016. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 17 October 2016.