Long associated with the Yale School of criticism, Professor Hartman examined a wide range of subjects, including Wordsworth, Judaica and trauma.
Source: Geoffrey H. Hartman, Scholar Who Saw Literary Criticism as Art, Dies at 86
I met Dr. Hartman in 1985 when he was lecturing at Northwestern, where I had landed with an NEH Summer Seminar fellowship to study the British Romantics. He seemed like a friendly, American element in the massive fortress of Yale School
criticism. That was also the summer I heard Umberto Eco
lectureâ€”a presentation that was followed by a Q & A taken over by Stanley Fish, who tried to undercut Ecoâ€™s optimistic pragmatic approach to language with his own slick nihilism, but wound up gutted like a flounder, standing there in his ice-cream suit at the back of the auditorium while the somehow rumpled & elegant Eco turned to speak with a group of undergraduates. I was there when titans grappled! That was a good day to be a fly on the wall.