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Jörg Kreienbrock


Ph.D., New York University, 2005

Jörg Kreienbrock is Professor and Chair of the Department of German. He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Department of German at New York University with a dissertation thesis examining representations of the small and minute in the prose works of Robert Walser. From 2005 to 2006 he held a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at Emory University.

His research and teaching interests include German literature from the 18th to the 21st century with an emphasis on literary theory, poetry and poetics, and the history of science. Professor Kreienbrock is the author of four books: Kleiner. Feiner. Leichter: Nuancierungen zum Werk Robert Walsers, Berlin, Zurich: Diaphanes 2010; Malicious Objects, Anger Management, and the Question of Modern Literature, New York: Fordham University Press 2013; Das Medium der Prosa: Studien zur Theorie der Lyrik, Berlin: August Verlag 2020; and Sich im Weltall orientieren: Kosmophilosophien 1950 – 1970, Wien, Berlin: Turia + Kant 2020. Together with Stefan Höppner he also co-edited ‘Die amerikanischen Götter’: Transatlantische Prozesse in der deutschsprachigen Popkultur, Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2015.

He spent the 2015/16 academic year as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation-Fellow at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Bochum. He also recently received fellowships from the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University (UK) and the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna.

Recent publications include: “Der Essay als Hassrede,” in: Jürgen Brokoff, Robert Walter-Jochum (eds.), Hass/Literatur: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftliche Beiträge zu einer Theorie- und Diskursgeschichte, Bielefeld: Transcript 2019; “A New Levante: Franz Rosenzweig’s Geopolitical Imagination in his War Writings of 1917,” in Anthony Barker et al. (eds.), Micronarratives and Peripheral Theatres of the Great War, New York, NY: Springer 2018; “Immersion, Interpolation, Philology: Losing Oneself in Robert Walser,” in: Robert Walser: A Companion, ed. by Valerie Heffernan, Samuel Frederick, Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press 2018; “The Border as Regulator of Life: Gustav Freytag’s Uncontainable Realism,” in: The Germanic Review, Vol. 90, No. 3, (2016).


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