James Kopf

James Kopf

Ph.D. candidate in German Literature and Culture


Biography:

James M. Kopf is a PhD candidate at PSU. His dissertation, "Incidental Music: Phenomenology and the Soundscape in Heidgger, Ingarden, Reik" focuses on the phenomenology of music, thinking particularly about methods of undoing Eurocentric and anthropocentric biases in definitions of music. While his research attends to continental philosophy from the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Derrida, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Adorno, he maintains an interest in the operas of Richard Wagner, extreme metal, film, and currents of leftist thought. His second favorite movie of all time is the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and his prized possession is a vinyl copy of La Monte Young's The Well-Tuned Piano. James's article, "Ecogods: Nature, Adalbert Stifter, and Heidegger" is forthcoming in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment.