Ryan Allen

 Ryan Allen

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
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Research Description

My specialization is modern European cultural and intellectual history. My research interests are social thought, comparative cultural criticism, and the history of the human and social sciences. My dissertation examines the merging of these fields in the postwar writings of Georges Bataille, Georges Devereux, Mircea Eliade, and Henri Lefebvre. I have taught a number of courses in modern European history, culture, and thought on such topics as modernism, primitivism, and social theories of religion.

Education

  • M.A., History, California State University, Los Angeles

Courses

  • Fiction and Historical Imagination
  • Western Civilization since 1660
  • The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
  • World Civilizations, 600-1750
  • Social Theories of Religion