Curriculum Vitae

Updated February 2017

Books

Watching War, Stanford University Press, 2012.

Labors of Imagination: Aesthetics and Political Economy from Kant to Althusser, Fordham University Press, 2006.

Articles

“Romancing the Slogan,” forthcoming in European Romantic Review.

“Heinrich von Kleist and the Right to War,” forthcoming in a special issue of Romanticism on war and mediation, ed. Neil David Ramsey.

“War in the Age of Anti-Social Media,” forthcoming in Visualizing War: Emotions, Technologies, Communities, ed. Kathrin Maurer and Anders Engberg-Pedersen, Routledge.

“The Romantic Sentence.” In New Work on German Romanticism, ed. Zachary Sng. Romantic Circles Praxis Series, December 2016.

"What’s in a Slogan?" Mediations 29.2 (Spring 2016): 149–160.

"Transgresser les règles du langage." Cahiers philosophiques 139.4 (2014): 56–73.

"Almost Nearly: The Languages of Approximation." Seminar 50.3 (July 2014): 258-275.

"The Next Word (or something like it)." MLN 129.3 (April 2014): 606-620.

"War." The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Ed. Michael Kelly. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 6: 257-261.

"Fear of a Safe Place." In Fear Across the Disciplines. Eds. Benjamin Lazier and Jan Plamper. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012. 99-117.

"Ich, Ach, Auch: Certain Also-Ran Languages of Jacques Derrida." Oxford Literary Review 33.2 (2011): 207-230.

"The Writing is on the Wall." Postmodern Culture 20.3 (May 2011).

"Imperative Communities." In Kant and the Concept of Community. Eds. Charlton Payne and Lucas Thorpe. Publication Series of the North American Kant Society—University of Rochester Press, 2011. 284-302.

"Watching War." PMLA 124.5 (October 2009): 1648-1661.

"Faust at War." Studies in Romanticism 48 (Spring 2009): 139-157.

"How To Do Things With Clausewitz." The Global South 3.1 (April 2009): 18-29.

"Who’s Afraid of Anacoluthon?" MLN 124.3 (April 2009): 648-665.

"Great War, Total War, Cold War." Modernism/Modernity 16.2 (2009): 211-228.

"The Pace of the Attack: Military Experience in Wallenstein and Die Jungfrau von Orleans." The Goethe Yearbook 16 (2008): 29-46.

"Analogy, Terminable and Interminable." Postmodern Culture 18:1 (September 2007).

"Reading, Begging, Paul de Man." In Legacies of Paul de Man. Ed. Marc Redfield. Fordham UP, 2007. 29-45. An earlier version of this essay appeared in Romantic Circles Praxis Series, May 2005.

"Ready, Set, Made! Joseph Beuys and the Critique of Silence." In Visual Culture in Twentieth-Century Germany: Text as Spectacle. Ed. Gail Finney. Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 2006. 68-82.

"Patriot Acts: Heinrich von Kleist and the Language of Heil," Romanticism and Patriotism. Ed. Orrin Wang. Romantic Circles Praxis Series, May 2006.

"Derrida, Hegel, and the Language of Finitude." Postmodern Culture 15:3 (May 2005).

"Art Forms." In The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin. Ed. David Ferris. New York: Cambridge UP, 2004. 35-53.

"Exhaustible Humanity: Using up Language, Using up Man." differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 14 (Summer 2003): 106-133.

"The Syntax of the Revolution." European Romantic Review 13 (June 2002): 207-213.

"Kafka Live!" Modern Language Notes 116 (December 2001): 979-1000.

"Breaking the Laws of Language: Freedom and History in Kleist’s Prinz Friedrich von Homburg." Studies in Romanticism, 39 (Spring 2000): 111-137. A German version of this essay, "Zur ewigen Nachwelt (ohne Frieden)," appeared in Kleist lesen. Eds. Marianne Schuller and Nikolaus Müller-Schöll. Berlin: transcript Verlag, 2003.

"Tragedy and the War of the Aesthetic." Schelling and Romanticism. Ed. David Ferris. Romantic Circles Praxis Series, June 2000.

Review Essays

“Tales of the Interwar.” Public Books, July 1, 2016.

“Beyond the Death Principle.” Cultural Critique 93 (Spring 2016): 151–167.

“Texts for Nothing.” The Los Angeles Review of Books, September 28, 2015. Republished in the quarterly print issue (Fall 2015): 16–19.

"War, With Popcorn." The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 1, 2014: B1.

"The Correctionists," Public Books, June 1, 2014.

"Derrida and the Death Penalty." The Los Angeles Review of Books, March 5, 2014.

"The Banality of Intellect." The Los Angeles Review of Books, July 21, 2013.

"The Militarized Imagination: On Napalm and Nuclear Warfare." The Los Angeles Review of Books, May 7, 2013.

"War Stories." Public Books, April 8, 2013.

Edited Journal Volumes

Co-editor (with Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek, Asunción López-Várela Azcaráte, and Haun Saussy) of New Perspectives on Material Culture and Intermedial Practice, a special issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 13.3 (September 2011).

Editor of a special issue of Postmodern Culture: "Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis," 18.1 (September 2007).

Co-editor of a special issue of Modern Language Notes: "Cultural Studies, Ideologies," 112: 3 (April 1997).

Translations

Bianca Theisen’s "Comic-Tragedies: Thomas Bernhard’s Marionette Theater." Modern Language Notes 111 (April 1996): 533-559.

Harro Müller’s "Identity, Paradox, Difference: Conceptions of Time in the Literature of Modernity." Modern Language Notes 111 (April 1996): 522-532.

Book Reviews

Anders Engberg-Pedersen, Empire of Chance: The Napoleonic Wars and the Disorder of Things, Critical Inquiry, February 4, 2016.

Ernst Haffner, Blood Brothers: A Novel. Public Books, October 15, 2015.

Rei Terada, Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno, forthcoming in Comparative Literature Studies.

Anthony Krupp, Reason’s Children: Childhood in Early Modern Philosophy, The German Quarterly 83.1 (Winter 2010): 109-110.

Warren Montag, Louis Althusser. Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 15:1 (Spring 2005): 98-102.

Jacques Derrida, Schibboleth para Paul Celan. Extremoccidente, 2 (May 2003).

Martha B. Helfer ed., Rereading Romanticism. European Romantic Review 13 (2002): 335-338.

Christopher Fynsk, Language and Relation. Modern Language Notes 113 (December 1998): 1212-1216.

Thomas Pepper, Singularities: Extremes of Theory in the Twentieth Century. Modern Language Notes 112 (December 1997): 971-974.

Timothy Bahti, Ends of the Lyric. Modern Language Notes 111 (December 1996): 1010-1014.

Haun Saussy, The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic. Modern Language Notes 109 (December 1994): 976-980.

Awards and Appointments

2017 Member of the advisory board for The Aesthetics of War, an international research project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, 2017–2020
2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
2010-11 Visiting Scholar, Clark Library, UCLA
2007 Mellon Fellow, Faculty Workshop, Wesleyan University
2007 Humanities Research Travel Grant, Reed College
2004-08 Stillman Drake Research Grant, Reed College (annual award)
2003 Mellon Faculty Seminar Grant, Reed College
1999-00 Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
1999-00 Paid Leave Award Supplement, Reed College
1998 Roulston Dissertation Prize for Excellence in German, Johns Hopkins U
1998 Charles E. Culpeper Foundation Grant, Reed College
1997 Dean’s Development Award, Reed College
1996 Dean’s Teaching Prize Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
1991-95 Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship
1990 Richter Summer Research Fellowship, Yale University
1990 Honorable Mention, Alvin B. Kernan Senior Thesis Prize, Yale University
1988 J. Edward Meeker Literary Essay Prize, Yale University
1986-90 John P. McGovern Phi Beta Kappa Merit Scholarship, Yale University
1986-90 Moody Honor Scholar, Yale University

Invited Lectures

  • All Other Things Being Equal and other sovereign speech acts.” Department of German Studies, Brown University, April 2017.
  • “Death Sentences.” Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities, Indiana University, February 2017.
  • “No Slogans! One-Liners From Marx to Adorno.” Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths–University of London, June 2016.
  • "War in the Age of Antisocial Media." Lecture to the Humanities Center, Carnegie Mellon University, October 2015.
  • "As the Sentence Turns: Revolutions in Poetic Language." Keynote Address to the Graduate Student Conference “Revolution and the Real,” NYU, March 2015.
  • "The Spectacle and the Secret." Keynote Address at the Conference "Visualizing War: the Power of Emotions in Politics," University of Southern Denmark, November 2014.
  • "How To Finish A Sentence." Lecture to the Department of German, Duke University, October 2014.
  • "War, With Popcorn." Romberg Lecturer in German, University of Chicago, October 2014.
  • "Choosing Words." Lecture to the Department of German and Romance Languages, Johns Hopkins University, February 2014.
  • "On the Uses and Abuses of the Concept of War." Lecture to the Department of Germanics, University of Washington, Seattle, January 2014.
  • "Spectacles of Violence." Lecture to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania, November 2013.
  • "Reading After Waterloo." Lecture to the Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University, September 2013.
  • "Five Theses on Modern War." Lecture to the Center for Philosophy, University of Tokyo, May 2013.
  • "War Media." Lecture to the Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar, Vanderbilt University, December 2012.
  • "Ich, Ach, Auch: Certain Also-Ran Languages of Jacques Derrida." Lecture to the Department of German Languages and Literatures, Yale University, October 2011.
  • "Fear in a Safe Place: Napoleonic Aesthetics and the Photography of War." Lecture to the Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, May 2010.
  • "Almost Lyric: Hölderlin, Celan, and the Language of Proximity." Lecture to the Department of German, Northwestern University, April 2010.
  • "Speed and the Spectacle of War from Schiller to Freud." Lecture to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado at Boulder, December 2008.
  • "The Ghosts of Love and War: Haunting the Battlefield with Faust and Clausewitz." Lecture to the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado at Boulder, February 2005.
  • "Productivity and its Discontents." Lecture to the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, May 2003.
  • "Fictions of Production." Lecture to the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Buffalo, February 2003.
  • "Achtung Dichtung: Lyric Language and Politics." Lecture to the Department of German at Columbia University, January 2000.

Invited Seminars

  • “Ways of Seeing War – Studies in War Photojournalism,” Faculty Seminar, Humanities Institute, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, March 2016.
  • “Close Reading and its Discontents” Weeklong Graduate Seminar, Department of English, Yonsei University, Seoul, January 2016.

Conference Presentations, Panels Organized, and other Lectures

  • “Life Sentences.” Conference on Hölderlin’s Philosophy of Nature, Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought, Johns Hopkins University, March 2017.
  • “Heinrich von Kleist and the Right to War.” Panel of the Forum on Romantic and Nineteenth-Century Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, January 2017.
  • “Romancing the Slogan.” Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Berkeley, August 2016.
  • Romanticism’s Capitalisms/Capitalism’s Romanticisms. Co-organizer of a panel for the Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Berkeley, August 2016.
  • “The Aphorism and the Speculative Sentence.” Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Washington DC, October 2015.
  • 1781–1806: Twenty-Five Years of Literature and Philosophy. Co-organizer of a seminar for the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Washington D. C., October 2015.
  • “All About Über.” Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Winnipeg, August 2015.
  • “The Word—And Other Beloved Neologisms.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Seattle, March 2015.
  • "Finish Your Sentences." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, NYU, March 2014.
  • "Drone Deaf." Response to the panel War Media and the Militarization of Experience. Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, January 2014.
  • War Media and the Militarization of Experience. Co-organizer of a special session at the Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, January 2014.
  • "Ruling Words: Fables of Logocracy." Seminar on Recycling Romanticism, Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Denver, October 2013.
  • "Tough Choices." Response to the panel Choosing Words, Creating Worlds: Theorizing Semantics, Narrative, and Narrativity in Kafka and Early German Cinema. Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Denver, October 2013.
  • "Circulation Anxieties." Panel Presentation on Recent Changes in Academic Writing, Lewis and Clark College, March 2013.
  • "Word Towers: Dickinson Reads Hölderlin." Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Milwaukee, October 2012.
  • "Next Language." Derrida Today Conference, University of California at Irvine, July 2012.
  • "You Always Exaggerate." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, March 2012.
  • "The Rhyme of Error." Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Park City, August 2011.
  • "Taking Hegel at his Word." Presentation to the Critical Theory Emphasis at the University of California at Irvine, May 2011.
  • "World Literature, Rights and Wrongs." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, April 2011.
  • "The Writing is on the Wall: Architecture in Spite of Graffiti." Conference on Culture after Postmodern Culture, University of California at Irvine, October 2010.
  • "Also Certainly Poetry." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, April 2010.
  • Streaming Derrida. Co-organizer of a seminar for the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, April 2010.
  • "How to Feel about Building: Walter Benjamin and the Architectonics of Affect." Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Washington D.C., October 2009.
  • "The Tears of Odysseus." Commencement Lecture, Reed College, August 2009.
  • "Almost Romanticism: The Poetics of Nearly." Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Duke University, May 2009.
  • Materiality Matters. Co-organizer of a seminar for the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, April 2009.
  • "There is no 'I' in Golgotha." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, April 2008.
  • "Divine Languages, at Home and Abroad." Annual Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Portland, March 2008.
  • "Speedy Subjects." Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, San Diego, October 2007.
  • The Resistance to Economics. Seminar organized for the Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association, Portland State University, April 2007.
  • "Helen's Faust, Helen's Silence." Annual Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta, March 2007.
  • "War Story." International Conference on Narrative, Georgetown University, March 2007.
  • "Coleridge and the Fantasy of Invasion." Conference on Poetry and Politics, University of Stirling, Scotland, July 2006.
  • "Faust at War." Bloomington Eighteenth-Century Workshop, Indiana University, May 2006.
  • "Faulkner: A Fable." Conference hosted by the Portland Center for Cultural Studies, Portland State University, April 2006.
  • "Permanent War Economies." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton University, March 2006.
  • Homo economicus. Co-organizer of a seminar for the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton University, March 2006.
  • "The Murder of Attention: De Quincey and the Fine Art of Homicide." Conference hosted by the Department of English at the University of Denver, October 2005.
  • "War Play: Friedrich Schiller and the Battles of History." Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Milwaukee, October 2005.
  • "Patriot Acts: Service and Sacrifice in Kleist and Novalis." Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Montreal, August 2005.
  • "The Sublimities of War and Peace." Conference hosted by the Portland Center for Cultural Studies, Portland State University, May 2005.
  • "Divine Paraphrase: Hamann's Poetics of History." Annual Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Las Vegas, April 2005.
  • "The Prose of History and its Discontents." Panel of the Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century, Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, December 2004.
  • "Technologies of War and Peace." Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, November 2004.
  • "The Touch of Love: Goethe, Schlegel and the Poetics of Liebe." Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, University of Colorado at Boulder, September 2004.
  • "How to do Things with 'No'—Freud, Benjamin and the Romance of a Finite Language." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, University of Michigan, April 2004.
  • "The Politics of Repetition." Response to the panel Making Time: Temporalities, Histories, and Politics. Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Portland, March 2004.
  • "Communicating Community." Annual Meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of San Francisco, February 2004.
  • "There's No Such Thing as Art History (and it's a good thing, too)." Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Fordham University, New York, August 2003.
  • "Beyond the Body Principle." Panel of the Division on Literature and the Other Arts, Modern Language Association Convention, New York, December 2002.
  • "The Right to Lose Your Voice: Poetic and Political Deaths in Hölderlin and Novalis." UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Los Angeles, April 2002.
  • "Man alive! Using up Poe." Panel of the Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century, Modern Language Association Convention, New Orleans, December 2001.
  • "The Event of Dada and the Performance of the Live." Panel of the Division on Twentieth-Century German Literature, Modern Language Association Convention, New Orleans, December 2001.
  • "The Revolution of the Syntax."  Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, University of Washington at Seattle, August 2001.
  • "The Dream has no Element."  Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, University of Colorado at Boulder, April 2001.
  • Literary Studies with and Against Psychoanalysis. Seminar organized for the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, University of Colorado at Boulder, April 2001.
  • "The Phantom Dreambook."  Interpretation of Dreams/Dreams of Interpretation Conference, University of Minnesota, October 2000.
  • "The Language Theory of Labor." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Yale University, February 2000.
  •  "Ideology in Degrees of Zero." Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, December 1999.
  • Legacies of Critique and Criticism: Cultural Studies and the Frankfurt School. Panel organized for the Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, December 1999.
  • "Kafka Live!" Seminar Presentation to the Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, November 1999.
  • "Working Beyond Labor." Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Atlanta, October 1999.
  • Money, Value, Labor. Panel organized for the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Atlanta, October 1999.
  • "Divine Ruins of the Voice: Historical and Political Speech in Hölderlin." Panel of the Division for Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century, Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, December 1998.
  • "History Dramas: Free Politics in Schelling and Schiller." Conference on the Histories of Theory, University of Western Ontario, April 1998.
  • Hegel Between East and West: Philosophical Histories and Literary Historicisms. Panel organized for the Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, December 1997.
  • "The Tombs of Humanity." Response to the panel Reading the Mummy: Embodying the Past in the Present. Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, December 1997.
  • "'Three Satanic Promises.' Allegory, Freedom, and the Language of Evil in Benjamin's Trauerspielbuch." World Congress of the International Walter Benjamin Association, Amsterdam, July 1997.
  • Lyric Politics: A German Question?  Panel organized for the Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D.C., December 1996.
  • "Poetic Truth, Poetic Haste: History in Hölderlin and Trakl." Modern Language Association Convention, Washington D.C., December 1996.
  • "Whose Language? Poetry for a Free World." Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boston, November 1996.
  • "Romancing our Cultural Ideologies." Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Notre Dame, April 1996.
  • "Three Cheers for Boredom: The Concept of the Interesting in Kant and Schlegel." Annual Meeting of the American Conference on Romanticism, Milwaukee, October 1995.
  • Twentieth-Century Interpretations of German Romanticism. Panel organized for the Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Baltimore, July 1995.
  • "Hölderlin's Philosophy of History." Annual Conference of the Kentucky Foreign Language Association, April 1995.
  • Bertolt Brecht: The Dramatic, the Ideological. Panel organized for the International Brecht Society, Modern Language Association Convention, San Diego, December 1994.
  • "Ideology, Presupposition, and the Obvious: Brecht with Aristotle and Adorno." Modern Language Association Convention, San Diego, December 1994.
  • "Character and History in Kleist's Prinz Friedrich von Homburg." Annual Meeting of the American Conference on Romanticism, Penn State, October 1994.
  • "Choosy: Heidegger's Readings of Hölderlin." Annual Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Philosophy and Literature, Edmonton, May 1994.
  • "Idealist Reflexes: Kant's Art, Schelling's Artwork." Annual Conference of the Kentucky Foreign Language Association, April 1994.
  • "Winckelmann's Two-Bit Hermaphroditic Idealism." The JHU Women's Studies Workshop, Baltimore, November 1993.