Retired Visiting Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures
PhD, Comparative Literature, The Johns Hopkins University, 1975
Spring 2015: Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor of German, Dept. of German, Russian, and E. European Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University
Awards and Fellowships:
- Fellow: Center for Excellence Morphomata, University of Cologne: 2010-11.
- NEH Humanities Fellowship, for work on The Task of the Critic, 2001-02.
- Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Hebrew University, Israel, for work on The Aesthetic Contract, Spring, 1994.
- The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, 1988-.
- Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, for work on High Resolution, 1985‑86.
- Playful Intelligence: Digitizing Tradition (London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2014).
- Around the Book: Systems and Literacy (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011).
- Idylls of the Wanderer: Outside in Literature and Theory (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007). [Essays on the Zohar, Nietzsche, Joyce, Benjamin, Kafka, Schulz, Faulkner, Baldwin].
- The Task of the Critic: Poetics, Philosophy, and Religion (New York: Fordham University Press, 2005).
- The Aesthetic Contract: Statutes of Art and Intellectual Work in Modernity (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997).
- Astroculture: Figurations of Cosmology in Media and Arts, co-edited with Sonja Neef and Dietrich Boschung (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2013).
- Impasses of the Post-Global, Critical Climate Change Series, Open Humanities Press, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Libraries, online book, 2012.
- Acts of Narrative, co-edited with Carol Jacobs (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003).
- Engagement and Indifference: Beckett and the Political, co-edited with Christopher Devenney, (Albany: SUNY Press, 2001).
- Psychoanalysis And …, co-edited with Richard Feldstein (New York: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall, (1990).
Feedback, Founding Editor, Open Humanities Press, 2013-.www.openhumanitiespress.org/feedback, co-edited with Jason Groves.(Assorted posts on literature, film, and media: “Unpacking my Kindle”; Haruki Marukami, 1Q84; “Ida” (2013); “La grande bellezza” (2013))
JOURNAL ESSAYS, BOOK CHAPTERS, and REVIEWS:
“From Léon to Hollywood Boulevard by Way of Paris : Astro-Celebrity over the Broader Modernity,” in Astroculture: Figurations of Cosmology in Media and Arts, ed. Sonja A. J. Neef, Henry Sussman, and Dietrich Boschung (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2014). Co-author, with Sonja A. J. Neef, of the Introduction to this volume, “The Glorious Moment of Astroculture.”
Christian Moraru, Cosmodernism, MLN, 127 (2013).
“The Calculable, The Incalculable, and the Rest: Kafka’s Virtual Environment,” Modern Language Notes (MLN), 127 (2012).
“Zones of Intimacy: When Writers Encounter Critics,” in Literator Volume I (Daniel Kehlmann), ed. Ines Barner and Günter Blamberger (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2012).
Screen Memories: Introduction and Section # 4. In Formes poétiques contemporaines, ed. Vincent Broqua and Jean-Jacques Poucel (Buffalo: Presses Universitaires du Nouveau Monde, 2012).