Henry Sussman

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))


  • “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.” 
  • “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).

Complete list of publications (2014)