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Dr Ian Cooper

Lecturer in German

Office: Cornwallis North West, Room 215


Ian Cooper studied Modern Languages at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and remained there to complete his doctorate. For three years he was then Centenary Research Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and for a further two years he held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Deutsches Seminar, University of Göttingen, before joining the German Department at Kent as a Lecturer in 2012. His main research interests are in German poetry from Hölderlin to Celan, particularly as it relates to developments in philosophy from the post-Kantian period to Heidegger, and to the lyric in English from the nineteenth century to the present day. He is the author of The Near and Distant God: Poetry, Idealism and Religious Thought from Hölderlin to Eliot (2008), and is currently working on a follow-up monograph which seeks to understand the continued relevance of that intellectual context in Heidegger, Celan and contemporary poetry in English. This volume argues for a close interrelation between concepts of presence, language and historicity as developed in the German tradition and the work of, for example, Seamus Heaney and Les Murray. Dr Cooper has also written numerous articles on poetry in German and English, as well as on philosophy and intellectual history. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Leverhulme Trust International Network ‘The Impact of Idealism: The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought’.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Cooper, I. (2008). The Near and Distant God: Poetry, Idealism and Religious Thought from Hölderlin to Eliot. [Online]. Oxford, UK: Legenda. Available at:
Edited book
Cooper, I. and Malkmus, B.F. eds. (2013). Dialectic and Paradox: Configurations of the Third in Modernity. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang.
Cooper, I. (2013). The Impact of Idealism: The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought: Volume 3: Aesthetics and Literature. [Online]. Jamme, C. and Cooper, I. eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at:
Cooper, I., Knörer, E. and Malkmus, B. eds. (2008). Third Agents: Secret Protagonists of the Modern Imagination. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
Cooper, I. (2017). Winterabende: A Romantic and Post-Romantic Motif in Friedrich, Büchner and Stifter. Publications of the English Goethe Society [Online] 86:42-54. Available at:
Cooper, I. (2015). Theodor Storm and Disenchantment. German Life and Letters [Online] 68:584-597. Available at:
Cooper, I. and Holmes, D. (2015). Kurze Rede, langer Sinn: the nineteenth-century German short prose narrative Cooper, I. and Holmes, D. eds. German Life and Letters [Online] 68:497-503. Available at:
Cooper, I. (2012). Law, Tragedy, Spirit: Hölderlin contra Agamben. Journal of Literary Theory [Online] 6:195-212. Available at:
Cooper, I. (2009). Direction, Disruption, Voice: Durs Grünbein's "Historien" and "Neue Historien". The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory [Online] 84:99-121. Available at:
Cooper, I. (2009). 'Equanimity': Les Murray, Levinas and the Breath of God. Literature and Theology [Online] 23:192-206. Available at:
Cooper, I. (2008). Reading Beyond Community: D.F. Strauss's Das Leben Jesu and Nietzsche's Also sprach Zarathustra. Modern Language Review 103:456-470.
Book section
Cooper, I. (2013). "Short of History": Les Murray and the Communion of Saints. in: Walker, J. ed. The Present Word: Culture, Society and the Site of Literature - Essays in Honour of Nicholas Boyle. Oxford, UK: Legenda, pp. 80-91.
Cooper, I. (2013). Grünbein and Anglo-American Poetry: Dickinson, Pound, Larkin. in: Eskin, M., Leeder, K. and Young, C. eds. Durs Grünbein: A Companion. Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter, pp. 39-66. Available at:
Cooper, I. (2013). Idealism in Nineteenth-Century German Literature. in: Boyle, N. and Disley, E. eds. The Impact of Idealism: The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 92-120.
Cooper, I. (2008). Nietzsche, Money and Bildung. in: Siemens, H. and Roodt, V. eds. Nietzsche, Power and Politics: Rethinking Nietzsche's Legacy for Political Thought. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter, pp. 605-629.
Total publications in KAR: 15 [See all in KAR]
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Dr Cooper teaches modules on German literature from the eighteenth century to the present day.

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