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Dr. Christopher R. Trogan

Associate Professor, Humanities

Year Started



  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature CUNY Graduate Center
  • MA Philosophy Columbia University
  • BA Philosophy/English Columbia University

Teaching Interests

  • Comparative Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Film

Research Interests

  • Modernist Narrative
  • Romanticism
  • Phenomenology
  • Existentialism
  • Ethics
  • Law

Professional Biography

Dr. Christopher Trogan received a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Trogan's areas of research and publication focus on the interrelationship between ethics and aesthetics specifically in 19th century German literature. He has published several essays in this area including "The Paradox of Fictional Belief and Its Moral Implications" and "Feelings and Fictions: Exploring Emotion and Belief" and has also chaired panels at several international conferences. He is currently at work on a book entitled "The Irresolvable Dilemma: Studies in Narrative Suicide". In addition to teaching composition and literature, Dr. Trogan has developed several interdisciplinary electives including "Philosophy and Contemporary Film", "Existentialism in Film and Literature", and "Ethics and Law". Dr. Trogan is also the Director of the O'Gara Academic Honor Society which brings nationally recognized public intellectuals to campus. Dr. Trogan joined the Humanities Department in 2006.

Recent Publications

"Rilke’s Fourth Duino Elegy as Philo-Poetic Dialectic." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (Spring 2014)

“The Unspoken Possibility of Language: Poetic Silence in Mallarmé and Rilke.” Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought (Spring 2014)

“Narrative Impasse and Epistemological Terror in Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’." In Perspectives on Edgar Allan Poe: Collected Essays. Edited by Gerry del Guercio.  Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2014.

“What is Literature?” In The Pocket Instructor: Literature Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014