Stefan Benz is an Academic Staff Member and doctoral student at the chair of American Literary and Cultural Studies (AIII). He studied English, History, and Philosophy at the University of Mannheim and Swansea University, Wales. His dissertation investigates proto-posthumanist negotiations of cognition and consciousness in the poetry of Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, and Leslie Marmon Silko. His research focuses on theories of posthumanism, the Process Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, and Buddhist philosophy. Other research interests include the study of contemporary US American song lyrics and the relationship between literature and music. From August to November 2018, he conducted research into the reception of Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy in Beat Literature at Wayne State University, Detroit, under the supervision of Steven Shaviro and Barrett Watten.
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