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Paul Breines

associate professor, history, Boston College

Professor Breines regularly teaches courses in modern European intellectual history. His main interests are in Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche (especially), and Freud, and in 20th century reworkings of these "master thinkers" by neo-Marxists, existentialists, post-structuralists, feminists and "queer theorists." His graduate courses have included: recent currents in intellectual history; Nietzsche and Foucault; postmoderism; and "queer theory and history." Graduate students with whom he works are engaged in doctoral studies of women in French Fascism; Italian feminism, 1945-1995; intellectual history and "the linguistic turn"; Marx's concept of progress; fashion and British imperialism in Africa; the impact of the Frankfurt School in the U.S; the political and cultural consequences of German Romanticism's images of India; and German feminism.