Comparatively Situating the Wartime Journalism of Paul de Man

Callum McHugh, University of Bristol

My research is interested in modern intellectual and political history, and especially where they intersect. This has led to my interest in research that historically situates posthumous revelations about two figures – Martin Heidegger and Paul de Man – who were the subjects of debates about their lives and work. My work has led me to find that had certain information already been in the public domain, the debates would not have taken place in the revelatory manner which they did. In this sense, secrecy shaped the tenor of the debates which my research covers. As secrecy did not directly guide my research questions, I am now re-examining the material through the lens of secrecy.