Katrin Truestedt

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Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Katrin’s research is situated at the intersection of literature, law, and philosophy and engages with early modern, modern, and contemporary German and English literature. She is the author of Die Komödie der Tragödie, which was published with Konstanz University Press in 2011 and awarded the Martin Lehnert Prize of the German Shakespeare Association, and co-editor of Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell (München: Fink, 2009). She published various papers on Shakespeare, Kleist, Kafka, Kraus, Schmitt, Blumenberg, Cavell, and Derrida in journals such as Telos, Law and Humanities, Law and Critique, Modern Language Notes, Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie. Katrin is one of the editors of the journal Law and Literature and writes a monthly column for 3 Quarks Daily. Currently she is writing her second book on figures of “Stellvertretung” (advocacy, agency, representation, substitution) in rhetoric, law, and literature.

Positions:

  • 2017 –            Assistant Professor of German, Yale University
  • 2009 – 2017     Juniorprofessorin, Comparative Literature, University of Erfurt
  • 2005 – 2009     Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Western European Literature, European University Viadrina
  • 2005 – 2009     Academic Coordinator of the graduate research program “Forms of Life & Knowledge of Life,” (DFG), University of Potsdam and European University Viadrina

Current Teaching

  • Performance and Postdramatic Theater (graduate seminar), Fall 2017
  • Law and Literature in Kleist, Kafka, and Arendt (undergraduate seminar), Fall 2017

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Die Komödie der Tragödie: Shakespeares Sturm am Umschlagplatz von Mythos und Moderne, Rache und Recht, Tragik und Spiel (Konstanz: Konstanz University Press, 2011).
  • Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell, co-edited with Kathrin Thiele (München: Fink, 2009).

Journal Articles

  • “Der Fluch des Verfahrens: Karl Kraus und die Akten zum Fall Kerr,” Modern Language Notes 131:3 (2016), pp. 701–23.
  • Review of Achim Geisenhanslüke, Die Sprache der Infamie, Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 135:1 (2016), pp. 310–16.
  • “Execution Without Verdict: Kafka’s (Non-)Person,” Law and Critique 25 (2015), pp. 135–54.
  • “Novelle der Stellvertretung: Kleists Michael Kohlhaas,” Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 130 (2011), pp. 545–68.
  • “Hamlet against Hecuba: Carl Schmitt, Political Theology and the Stake of Modern Tragedy,” Telos 153 (2010), pp. 94–112.
  • “Schiffbruch mit Zuschauer: Schmitt, Blumenberg und das Theater der Moderne,” Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2010, pp. 97–112.
  • “The Tragedy of Law in Shakespearean Romance,” Law and Humanities 2 (2007), pp. 167–82.
  • Reprinted as: “The Tragedy of Law in Shakespearean Romance,” in Shakespeare and the Law, eds. P. Raffield and G. Watt (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2008), pp. 101–18.
  • “The Decomposition of Sound in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest,” Wissenschaftliches Seminar Online: Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft 5 (2007), pp. 11–18.
  • Reprinted as: “The Decomposition of Sound in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest,” in Shakespearean Criticism, Volume 133, ed. Michelle Lee (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2010).
  • “Secondary Satire and the Sea-Change of Romance,” in Law and Literature 17 (2005), pp. 345–64.
  • Reprinted as: “Secondary Satire and the Sea-Change of Romance,” in Shakespearean Criticism, Volume 104, ed. Michelle Lee (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale 2007)

Book Chapters

  • “Vorstellen und Verstellen. Zum Doppelpunkt in Joyces Ulysses,“ in Satzzeichen. Szenen der Schrift, eds. Helga Lutz, Nils Plath, Dietmar Schmidt (Berlin: Kadmos Kulturverlag, 2017), pp. 40–47.
  • “‘[A] thing that was nothing had happened’: Hamlets (Un-)Dinge in Samuel Becketts Watt,” in Null, Nichts und Negation. Becketts No-Thing, eds. K. Kröger and A. Schäfer (Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, 2016), pp. 75–93.
  • “Das Nach-leben auf der Bühne des Geistes: Eine Response zu Dirk Quadflieg,” in Suspensionen: Über das Untote, eds. C. Blumenberg et al. (München: Fink, 2015), pp. 161–67.
  • “Der Buchstabe und das Leben des Gesetzes in Shakespeares Kaufmann von Venedig,” in Talmudische Tradition und moderne Rechtstheorie. Kontexte und Perspektiven einer Begegnung, eds. K.-H. Ladeur and I. Augsberg (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), pp. 59–82.
  • “Die Person als Stellvertreter,” in Unübersetzbarkeit/Les Intraduisibles, ed. J. Dünne, M. Schäfer (Paris: Collection du CéP, Editions des Archives contemporaines, 2013), pp. 321–30.
  • “Verlegenheit,” in Denkfiguren: Für Anselm Haverkamp, eds. E. Horn, M. Lowrie (Berlin: August-Verlag, 2013), pp. 187–90.
  • “Nomos and Narrative: Zu den Verfahren der Orestie,” in Die Innenwelt der Außenwelt der Innenwelt des Rechts, eds. K.-H. Ladeur, I. Augsberg (München: Fink, 2012), pp. 59–77.
  • “Anselm Haverkamp: Geschichte und Latenz,” in Kultur. Theorien der Gegenwart, eds. S. Moebius and D. Quadflieg (Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2010, second edition), pp. 530–40.
  • “Lebenswissen nach Cavell: eine Einleitung,” (with Kathrin Thiele), in Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell, eds. K. Thiele and K. Trüstedt, (München: Fink, 2009), pp. 9–16.
  • “Cavell, King Lear und das Theater der Konvention,” in Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell, eds. K. Thiele and K. Trüstedt (München: Fink, 2009), pp. 107–30.
  • “Double Plot. Zum latenten Mechanismus eines ‘coming to know what we cannot just not know,’” in Latenz. 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff, eds. S. Diekmann, T. Khurana (Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2007), pp. 56–61.

Recent Presentations and Organized Conferences

  • On Reading and the Hesitation to Begin. Conference paper at the panel Ethical Transformation and the Work of Literature at the ACLA in Utrecht, Netherlands, July 9, 2017.
  • Theater des Romans: Anrufung, Anfang und Auftritt in James Joyces Ulysses. Invited lecture, Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, June 19, 2017.
  • Figuren der Stellvertretung. International Conference, co-organized with F. Balke (Bochum) and R. Campe (Yale); Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, May 2017.
  • Schreber’s Evidence. Invited talk at the conference “Schreber’s Law,” Cardozo School of Law, New York, May 14, 2017.
  • Schillers “Gerichtsbarkeit der Bühne” und der Code Napoléon. Invited talk at the conference “Das Politische des romantischen Dramas,” Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich, March 16–17, 2017.
  • Zum Theater des Romans: Auftreten und Anfangen in James Joyces Ulysses. Invited lecture, Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, University of Bielefeld, February 16, 2017.
  • Stateless, on Stage: Jelinek’s The Charges (Die Schutzbefohlenen). Invited lecture at the German Department, Yale University, February 9, 2017.
  • Tragisch Verfahren: Zur Aktualität von Prozesstragödien. Invited talk at the conference “Tragedy now! Die Tragödie als politisches Modell,” Warburg-Haus Hamburg, October 14–15, 2016.
  • On Metamorphosis, Procedure and the Hesitation to Appear. Conference paper at the Seminar Metamorphoses: Humans, Animals, Machines at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA), San Diego, October 2, 2016.
  • Speak not you for him: Stellvertretung auf der Theater-Insel der Gestrandeten. Invited talk at the conference “Flucht und Szene. Elemente eines Theaters der Fliehenden,” University of Konstanz, July 7–9, 2016.
  • Aporetic Agency: Trials and Metamorphoses. Invited talk at the conference “Metamorphosis: Human, Animal, Armor,” UC Santa Barbara, December 3–5, 2015.
  • Coming Up Twice: Joyce’s Ulysses, the Bildungsroman and the Impossibility of Beginning. Invited lecture for the German lecture series, Yale University, November 5, 2015.
  • A Deeper Gaze into the Human Heart: Schiller’s ‘Pitaval’ and the ‘Code Napoleon’. Invited lecture for the German lecture series, Stanford University, October 13, 2015.
  • Reformen des Strafprozesses. Invited talk at the conference “Interregnum 1814. Die ‘Dichter und Denker’ und die Frage nach dem modernen Staat,” University of Basel, December 12–13, 2014.
  • Sea-Change of Comedy: Shakespeare’s Tempest and Hegelian Dialectics. Invited paper at the conference “Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy. Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre,” Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin December 4–5, 2014.
  • The Letter and Life of the Law: Derrida’s Shylock. Invited talk at the conference “Law and Interpretation,” Cardozo School of Law, New York, April 29 – 30, 2014.
  • Coming Into Force: Kraus, Kafka and the Acts of Literature. Invited talk at the conference “The Force of Aesthetics: Power, Imagination, Affects: An International Conference at the New School for Social Research,” New York, April 28–29, 2014.
  • Stellvertretung: Between Advocacy and Agency, Representation and Substitution. Invited lecture at the Department of German, Northwestern University, Chicago, February 21, 2014.
  • Literary and Cultural Studies. Invited lecture for the series “German Studies: New Perspectives,” Harvard University, Humanities Center, October 18, 2013.
  • Speaking-For: Figures of Advocacy and Representation. Humboldt-Kolleg at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University, co-organized with Rüdiger Campe (Yale) and Friedrich Balke (Bochum), Yale University, September 24–25, 2013.