Paul North

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Professor Germanic Languages & Literatures and Director of Undergraduate Studies
100 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-6607


PhD Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Professor North’s new book, The Yield: Kafka’s Atheological Reformation came out in September 2015 from Stanford University Press. In 2016-17 he will teach a graduate seminar on “Mimesis in Art and Nature,” a class on “Fear” as the signal modern affect, and an undergraduate seminar that is equal parts critique of neo-liberalism and exploration of the notion of political action, called “How to Change the World.” 

Prof. North is co-editor of IDIOM: inventing writing theory, a book series at Fordham University Press.

DUS Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-5:30

Selected recent Academic Awards and Achievements:
  • Fellow. Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University.
  • 2012 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication
  • 2011-2012 Morse Fellowship
  • 2015 Professor of German, Yale
  • 2014-15 Professor of German, Tufts University
  • 2013 Associate Professor of German, Yale
  • 2009 Assistant Professor of German, Yale
  • 2007 Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Department of German, NYU
Latest Books and Co-Edited Volumes and Journals:
  • The Yield: Kafka’s Atheological Reformation. Stanford, 2015.
  • Zerstreutheit. Guest editor for 2015 issue of Figurationen. Zürich, Switzerland.
  • Protocols for a New Nature. 2012 issue (published 2015) of The Yearbook of Comparative Literature. Vol 58. Bloomington, IN. Co-edited with Eyal Peretz.
  • Messianic Thought outside Theology. Co-edited with Anna Glazova. Fordham University Press, 2013.
  • The Problem of Distraction. Stanford University Press, 2012.
Latest Article Publications:
  • “Castle Logic: Hints in Kafka’s Novel.” in The Cambridge Companion to 1922. Ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014.
  • “Absolute und Relative Diaspora: Borges und Ahad Ha’am.” in Exil – Literatur – Judentum. Ed. Doerte Bischoff. München: Edition text + kritik, 2014.
  • “The Phenomenality of the State.” in The Nation’s Two Bodies. Ed. Oliver Kohns and Martin Doll. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2014.
  •  “What Thinking Feels Like.” The Yearbook of Comparative Literature. Vol. 58, 2013. 
  • “Exile is a Flop: Soma Morgenstern over Central Park.” In Escape to Life: German Exiles in New York. de Gruyter, Spring 2012.
Latest Courses taught:
  • “Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption
  • “Faith and Knowledge”
  • “German Theories of History from Benjamin to Kluge”
  • “Theories of Time”
  • “The Logic of Dreams”
  • “Heidegger’s Being and Time
  • “Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History”

Paul North’s Website

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The Yield    Messianic Thought    Problem of Distraction