Nineteenth-Century European Philosophy, Aesthetics, Feminism


Dr. Brennan's research focuses on aesthetics, nineteenth-century philosophy, and feminism. Her research explores Nietzsche’s account of nihilism, focusing specifically on how art can help one to overcome the burdens of nihilism. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesMemoria di Shakespeare, and The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy. Her recent work looks at nineteenth-century German feminist Hedwig Dohm’s critique of Nietzschean nihilism.  This research is part of a larger effort to rediscover and recognize forgotten works of philosophy by women and other marginalized groups.


Selected Publications

  • “The Nihilism of the Oppressed: Hedwig Dohm’s Feminist Critique of Nietzschean Nihilism,” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, forthcoming.
  • “The Wisdom of Silenus: Suffering in The Birth of Tragedy,” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 49 (2018): 174-193.
  • “Nietzsche’s Hamlet Puzzle: Life Affirmation in The Birth of Tragedy,” The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy, ed. Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne, London: Routledge, 2019.
  • “Nietzsche’s Shakespeare: Musicality and Historicity in The Birth of Tragedy,” Memoria di Shakespeare 1 (2014):109-128.

Courses Taught

  • Philosophy of the Human
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Intellectual Heritage
  • Introduction to Feminist Philosophy
  • Meaning of the Arts