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Christopher Trogan

Christopher Trogan

Part-time Faculty
B.A. Philosophy & Comparative Literature,, Columbia University, 1996
M.A. Philosophy, Columbia University, 1997
M.A. Comparative Literature,, CUNY Graduate Center, 2003
Ph.D. Comparative Literature,, CUNY Graduate Center, 2009

Christopher Trogan has been a member of the Gallatin faculty since 2001 and teaches first-year seminars as well as tutorials in aesthetics, literary theory and comparative literature. His first-year writing seminar, "Aesthetics on Trial," explores connections between aesthetics and ethics through controversial cases in cinema, photography and literature. His first-year research seminar, "The Lure of Beauty," examines the concept of beauty from a multidisciplinary perspective embracing philosophy, art history, literature, psychology and cultural studies. He also teaches tutorials and independent studies in continental aesthetics, literary theory, and the history of aesthetics. Trogan is currently working on a book on the ethics and aesthetics of suicide.


Professor Christopher Trogan was awarded a 2014 Rubin Museum-Baruch College faculty incentive fellowship for integrating the arts into the Great Works of Literature curriculum. He wrote “Rilke’s Fourth Duino Elegy as Philo-Poetic Dialectic,” which was published in the spring of 2014 in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory and “The Unspoken Possibility of Language: Poetic Silence in Mallarmé and Rilke” was published in Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought. Two of his chapters were also published: “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 (Lehigh University Press, 2014) and “What is Literature?”  in The Pocket Instructor: Literature (Princeton University Press, 2014).  



Contact Information

Christopher Trogan

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 505
(212) 998-7363
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Office Hours
Tuesday 5-6
Thursday 5-6


2015 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Aesthetics in Context
Tue,Thu 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM

2014 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Aesthetics in Context
Tue,Thu 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM

2014 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: Aesthetics on Trial
Tue,Thu 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM

Art and Ethics
Fri 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

2013 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Aesthetics in Context
Tue,Thu 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

aesthetics, ethics, existentialism, phenomenology, modernism (literary, visual, cinematic)

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