Doreen Densky

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of German
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; M.A./First Staatsexamen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Office Address: 19 University Place, Room 329

Office Hours: M 3:30-5 & by appointment

Phone: 212-992-9661

Areas of Research/Interest: Post-Enlightenment German and Austrian literature and thought, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century narrative prose; poetics of knowledge; literary and narrative theory; film studies; nature-culture relations and visuality in literature; law and literature; Franz Kafka

Fellowships/Honors: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University; American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship; American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Travel Grant Award; Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University; Dorot Foundation Fellowship, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies; Visiting Student Fellowships, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Brown University

Select Publications:

Peer-reviewed Articles
“Pre-Positioning the Narrator: Circumspection, Speaking-For, and Previous Knowledge in Adalbert Stifter’s ‘Granit’.” Journal of Austrian Studies 49.3 (2016): Forthcoming.

“Speaking for Liveliness: Franz Kafka’s Obituary for Hyperion and his Introductory Speech on Yiddish.” The German Quarterly 88.3 (2015): 334-354.

“Proxies in Kafka: Koncipist FK and Prokurist Josef K.” Kafka for the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Stanley Corngold and Ruth V. Gross. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011 (Paperback 2015). 120-135.

Book Reviews
Andreas Huyssen, Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film. Arcadia. International Journal of Literary Culture 51.2 (2016): 434-437.

Jakob Lothe, Beatrice Sandberg, and Ronald Speirs, eds. Franz Kafka: Narration, Rhetoric, and Reading. Monatshefte 105.1 (2013): 153-155.

Stanley Corngold, Jack Greenberg, and Benno Wagner, eds. Franz Kafka: The Office Writings (trans. Eric Patton and Ruth Hein). Modernism/Modernity 17.4 (2010): 957-959.

Sabine Kyora, Eine Poetik der Moderne. Zu den Strukturen Modernen Erzählens. Modern Language Notes (MLN), 124.3 (2009): 763-766.

Current projects include book manuscripts on the rhetoric and poetics of speaking-for (Fürsprache) in Franz Kafka’s writings and on narrative constructions of overviews in the long 19th century, as well as articles on Arthur Schnitzler’s literary duels and diplomacy and on water in modern literature.

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