Carol Jacobs

Selected Academic Awards and Achievements:

  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Camargo Foundation Fellow 
  • Fellow Whitney Humanities Center
  • Honorary Guest Professor of Beijing Normal University 
  • Fellow at Internationales Kolleg  Morphomata, University of Cologne


  • Birgit Baldwin Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor Emerita, Department of German, Yale University; at Yale Fall 2002 - 2017
  • Professor of German, New York University, September 2000-Fall 2002
  • Professor of Comparative Literature and English, SUNY Buffalo, until Fall 2000
  • Visiting Professor in the Department of German and the Humanities Center, The Johns Hopkins University, Fall 1998

Latest Authored Books:

  • Sebald’s Vision, Columbia University Press, 2015.
  • Skirting the Ethical (Sophocles, Plato, Hamann, Campion, Sebald), Stanford Univ. Press, 2008.
  • In the Language of Walter Benjamin, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Selected Articles and Essays:

  • “Daniel Kehlmann’s Fame: Eight Subjects for Reflection and an Afterword” in Literator 2010. Dozentur für Weltliteratur (Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2012) 205-225.
  • “Reading, Writing, Hatching (On Sebald’s Austerlitz)” in What Does the Veil Know?, ed. Eva Meyer and Vivian Liska (Zurich: Voldemeer) 2009, 130-43.
  • “Walter Benjamin: Image of Proust” reprinted in Walter Benjamin: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory, ed. Peter Osborne (New York: Routledge, 2004).
  • “What Does it Mean to Count?: W. G. Sebald’s The Emigrants,” Modern Language Notes, December 2004.
  • “The Monstrosity of Translation,” reprinted in Deconstruction: Critical Concepts, ed. Jonathan Culler, Routledge, 2002.
  • “Dusting Antigone” (on Hegel, Irigaray, and Sophocles), Modern Language Notes, December 1996, Volume II, no. 5, pp. 889-917.
  • “The Passion for Talk,” in The Norton Critical Edition of Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier, ed. Martin Stannard, (New York: W.W. Norton, 1995).
  • “Playing Jane Campion’s Piano: Politically,” in Modern Language Notes, vol. 109,  December 1994, pp. 757-785.
  • Wuthering Heights: “On the Threshold of Interpretation,” in the Norton Critical Edition‑‑Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, eds. William M. Sale and Richard Dunn (New York: Norton, 1990).

Recent lectures, selected:

  • “Déjà vu or …”  - Rice University, History of Philosophy Workshop, September 2015.
  • “Anagram/Annagram: Atom Egoyan’s Artaud Double Bill”: Renato Poggioli Lecture, Comparative Literature, Harvard University, October 10, 2013.
  • “Images of Frames/Frames of Images.” Keynote lecture at conference entitled Images in Walter Benjamin’s and W. G. Sebald’s Writings, University of Girona, Spain. September 26-28 2013.
  • “Sebald’s Excesses” - Weisinger Memorial Lecture, UC Berkeley, February 2013.
  • “Around ‘The Rings,’ a Detour (W. G. Sebald’s ‘Rings of Saturn’).” Keynote speaker at graduate student conference: “Umwege: Detours in German Literature and Thought,” Brown University, April 12 2013.
  • “Texting the Frame”- The Ninth International Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies, “Framing the Cinematic Calendar: Grids and Timelines of the Moving Image“ (Tel Aviv, Israel - June 2012)