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 contributed “What is Literature?” in The Pocket Instructor: Literature (Princeton University Press, 2014)
His essay “Narrative Impasse and Epistemological Terror in Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’" was included in Perspectives on Edgar Allan Poe: Collected Essays (Lehigh University Press, 2014).
Professor 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).