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Rainer Rumold

Professor Emeritus

PhD, Stanford University

Rainer Rumold, Prof. emeritus, is the author of Archeologies of Modernity. Avant-garde Bildung ( Oskar Kokoschka, Jean Arp, Eugene Jolas, Franz Kafka, Carl Einstein, Walter Benjamin, Georges Bataille; Northwestern University Press, 2017). Articles relating to this project have been published as "Archeologies of Modernity in Documents and transition1929/30," Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 37,1: 2000, 45-67;  “Kafka Global: Nomadic Images,” Journal of the Kafka Society of America, New International Series; June/December 2003 27, 1 and 2. 65-78; Carl Einstein: Die Visuelle Wende der Avant-garde- Gegen literarische Kultur, in Die Visuelle Wende der Moderne; "Carl Einstein: Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts," Munich: Fink Verlag, 2003, 273-288, and "Painting as a Language. Why not? Carl Einstein in Document", in October 107 Winter 2004, ed. by Sebastian Zeidler, MIT Press, 75-94.

Other books published by Professor Rumold are:  The Janus Face of the German Avant-Garde. From Expressionism to Postmodernism (Northwestern University Press, 2001); Gottfried Benn und der Expressionism: Provokation des Lesers, Absolute Dichtung (Athenaeum/Scriptor, 1982); and Sprachliches Experiment und Literarische Tradition. Zu den Texten Helmut Heissenbuettels (Stanford Series in German Studies, 1975).

Professor Rumold also co-edited the followingng volumes: The Ideological Crisis of Expressionism (with O.K Werckmeister, Camden House, 1992); Eugene Jolas's autobiography Man from Babel (with Andreas Kramer, Yale University Press,1998), and "Eugene Jolas, Critical Essays 1924-1951," (with Klaus Kiefer, Northwestern University Press, Spring 2009).

Professor Rumold has written numerous articles on avant-garde and modernism in literature and the visual arts, with German expressionism as a focal point for international relations: on Gottfried Benn, Carl Sternheim, Carl Einstein, Zurich and Berlin Dada, the dadaist text, the history and theory of Dada in Central Europe, Heinrich Mann, Franz Kafka, Walter
Benjamin, Bertold Brecht, Georg Grosz, Eugene Jolas (the journals transition and documents), Helmut Heissenbuettel, and  an essay on Guenter Kunert in “’No!Art’and the Aesthetics of Resistance,” in Beyond Resistance, edited by Robert Fletcher (Nova Science Publishers, 2008). From 1994 to 2013, Rainer Rumold was the general editor at Northwestern University Press of the series on Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies together with Marjorie Perloff 

Rainer Rumold received his PhD from Stanford University. Other than at Northwestern University, Prof. Rumold has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford University, and taught as Chism Gould Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, WA, and as visiting Professor at Nagoya City University in Japan.

His current project , conveniently conducted in Albuquerque, NM with its 19 surrounding pueblos is called The Wish to Become an Indian, transatlantic Essays on Play and War (Aldolph Bandelier, Franz Boas, Frank Hamilton Cushing, Aby Warburg- and Karl May).