Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English; Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, & Diversity; Affiliated faculty member in the Departments of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and The John W. Draper Program in Interdisciplinary Studies
Ph.D. 1995 (Comparative Literature), Yale; B.A. 1991 (Literature), Harvard
Office Address: 19 University Place, Room 326
Office Hours: By appointmentPhone: 212-998-8695
Areas of Research/Interest: Poetry; photography; literary theory; continental philosophy; visual culture; new media; trauma and testimony in all media in history, and culture; literature as a mode of knowing; globalization; environmentalism; texts and images of social justice
Affiliated with other departments or programs: Affiliated faculty member in the Departments of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and The John W. Draper Program in Interdisciplinary Studies
External Affiliations: Modern Language Association; Narrative Society; College Art Association; American Comparative Literature Association; German Studies Association
Fellowships/Honors: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2006 - 2007; Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship 2007 - 2008; Golden Dozen Teaching Award 2004; Getty Research Fellowship, 2001 - 2002; Remarque Institute Faculty Fellow, Spring 1999; DAAD Research Fellowship 1998; Golden Dozen Teaching Award 1998
Du mußt Dein Leben ändern: Über das Leben. Berlin: Insel, 2014.
Ed. Amir Eshel with contributions by Stephan Braese, Barbara Hahn, Christine
Ivanovic, Martin Klebes, Vivian Liska, Fred Moten, Sigrid Weigel, Liliane
Weissberg, and Thomas Wild. Hannah
Arendt zwischen den Disziplinen. Göttingen: Eshel Wallstein Verlag,
Rilke Alphabet. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.
Beggar's Chicken: Stories From Shanghai. Hong Kong: Earnshaw Publishers, 2013.
Denn Bleiben ist
nirgends: Über Alter und Verlust. Frankfurt: Insel, 2008.
Die Verwandlung der Welt ins Herrliche. Über das Glück. Frankfurt: Insel, 2008.
Es gibt nur – die
Frankfurt: Insel, 2008.
Ed. with Emily Sun and Eyal Peretz. The
Claims of Reading: The Shoshana Felman Reader. New York: Fordham
University Press, 2007.
Rilke Alphabet. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2006.
Letters on Life: The
Wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke. New York: Random House/Modern Library,
110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11. New York: NYU Press, 2002.
Editor of literary anthology of New York-based writers' and poets' responses to
the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Evidence: The Photography of Trauma. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.
Erfahrung der Moderne bei Charles Baudelaire und Paul Celan. Frankfurt:
Translation of "Remnants of Song." Remnants
of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul
Celan. Stanford University Press, 2000.
zeugt für den Zeugen: Zeugenschaft und historische Verantwortung nach der
Shoah. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1999.
"Ernest Cole's House of Bondage: The Photography of Witnessing." Grey Art Gallery Gazette 15.1 (fall 2014).
"To Give Memory a Place," in The Spectralities Reader. Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural
Theory, eds. María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren (London: Bloomsbury,
"Seeing in the Future in an Image from the Past: Hannah Arendt, Garry
Winogrand, and Photographing the World," Yearbook of Comparative
Literature, 2009 (volume 55).
"Bring the Outside In: On Diti Almog," in Studio 173, May-June
2008, Tel Aviv.
"The Reluctant Modernism of Thomas Struth," in "Struth,"
Madre Museum, Naples, 2008, 85-97.
"End of a World: On Thomas Demand's Photographs," in: L'Esprit
d'escalier," IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin, Ireland and Walter
Koenig, Cologne: 2007. 82-112.
"Paul Celan's Stars: Teaching 'Todesfuge' as a Canonical Holocaust
Poem," in Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes, eds. Teaching the
Representation of the Holocaust, New York: MLA, 2005.
"'Learning to Speak Like a Victim': Media and Authenticity in Marcel
Beyer's Flughunde" in Gegenwartsliteratur. Contemporary Holocaust
Images. South Atlantic Quarterly. 1997.
"Sign and History in Baudelaire." Semiotics. 1995.
"Photography and Hysteria: Toward a Poetics of the Flash." The Yale Journal
of Criticism. 1994.
Talks and Presentations:
Invited Panel Discussion, "Globalizing Today's
University: The Case of New York University," Joint Conference, Max Weber
Foundation and German Historians' Association, Geisteswissenschaften
International, Hamburg, Germany. July 16, 2015.
Invited Lecture: "What is American About American
Higher Education," National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. April 17, 2015.
"Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Alexander Osang
and Ulrich Baer," Deutsches Haus, NYU, October 30, 2014.
"Berlin Now: A Reading and Conversation with Peter Schneider and Ulrich Baer," Deutsches Haus, NYU, October 13, 2014.
Keynote Address: "The Image of Globalization:
Photography and New Media," "Vision": 13th Annual Graduate Conference at SUNY Albany, NY.
March 27-28, 2014.