People Core Faculty Michael Levine


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Graduate Director, Comparative Literature
Professor
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

172 College Avenue, room 301
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Research Interests:

19th and 20th century German literature, literary theory, and intellectual history.

His research focuses on four major areas: intersections among literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic discourses; Holocaust Studies and the poetics of witnessing; the changing structure of the literary, philosophical, and operatic work in the German nineteenth century; and the legal and political legacies of Nuremberg.

Honors/Awards:

Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Fall 2011

2010 SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching (Associate Professor category)


Publications:


Books:

A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida and Celan, Fordham University Press, 2013.

The Belated Witness: Literature, Testimony, and the Question of Holocaust Survival, Stanford University Press, 2006.

Writing Through Repression: Literature, Censorship, Psychoanalysis, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994

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Edited Volume:

Co-editor with Bella Brodzki of Comparative Literature Studies Special Issue: Trials of Trauma: Comparative and Global Perspectives, vol. 48, no. 3, 2011 (Penn State Press).

Translation:

Samuel Weber, Return to Freud: Jacques Lacan's Dislocation of Psychoanalysis, Cambridge University Press, 1991. Translation of Rückkehr zu Freud: Jacques Lacans Ent-stellung der Psychoanlyse (Berlin: Ullstein, 1978)

Articles (selected):

“Poetry’s Demands and Abrahamic Sacrifice: Celan’s Poems for Eric,” MLN Comparative Literature 126 (2011): 1014–1048 (The Johns Hopkins University Press)

Editors’ Introduction to Comparative Literature Studies Special Issue Trials of Trauma: Comparative and Global Perspectives, co-edited with Bella Brodzki,, vol. 48, no. 3, 2011, 273-9 (Penn State Press)

“The Day the Sun Stood Still: Benjamin’s Theses, Trauma and the Eichmann Trial,” MLN German Issue, 126 (2011): 534–560 (The Johns Hopkins University Press)

“Beyond Victim and Perpetrator: New Subject Positions in Recent German-Jewish Films,” William Donahue and Martha Helfer, eds., Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies, 2011, 227-50, Camden House Press

“Spectral Gatherings: Derrida, Celan and the Covenant of the Word,” Diacritics, double issue on “Derrida and Democracy,” 38.1-2: Spring-Summer 2008, 64-91

“’A Place So Insanely Enchanting’: Kafka and the Poetics of Suspension,” MLN Comparative LiteratureIssue, 2009 (123:5), 1029-1067

“The Sense of an Unding: Kafka, Ovid, and the Misfits of Metamorphosis,” in Harold Bloom, ed., Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Bloom’s Literary Criticism, NY 2008,

“A Coming Freedom: Kafka’s Investigations of a Dog,” Journal of the Kafka Society of America, June/December 2006, Numbers 1-2, 43-51

“Pendant: Büchner, Celan and the Terrible Voice of the Meridian” MLN German Issue, vol. 122, no. 3, German Issue, 2007, 573-601

“Silent Wine: Celan and the Poetics of Belatedness,” in New German Critique, Special Issue on Paul Celan, no. 91, Winter 2004, 151-170

“’Toward an Addressable You’: Ozick’s The Shawl and the Mouth of the Witness” in Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes, eds., Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, The Modern Language Association of America, 2004, 396-411

"Necessary Stains: Art Spiegelman’s Maus and the Bleeding of History” in Deborah Geis, ed., Considering Maus: Approaches to Art Spiegelman’s “Survivor’s Tale” of the Holocaust, University of Alabama Press, 2003, 63-104

"Writing Anxiety: Christa Wolf's Kindheitsmuster," Diacritics, Summer 1997, vol. 27, no. 2, 106-123

"Freud and the Scene of Censorship" in The Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere, Richard Burt, ed., University of Minnesota Press, 1994, 168-191

"Accentuating Ent-stellung," translator's introduction to Samuel Weber, Return to Freud, Cambridge University Press, 1991, xv-xxii

"Heines Ghost Writer: Zum Problem der Selbstzensur in Schnabelewopski," Heine Jahrbuch, 1987, 9-28

Recent Courses Taught at Rutgers:

Graduate:

Afterimages of War: Trials, Trauma and Visual Representation (Fall 2013)
Introduction to Trauma Studies (Spring 2013)
Politics and Poetics of Citation (Spring 2012)
Kafka (Fall 2011)
Analytic Crossings: Literature and Psychoanalysis (Fall 2009)

Undergraduate:

Serious Comics (Byrne Seminar, Spring 2013)
Atrocity Crimes (Honors Seminar, Fall 2012)
Introduction to German Studies (Fall 2012, Spring 2010)
Introduction to Literary Theory (Fall 2011, Fall 2009)

 

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