Kata Gellen

Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor

External address: 
116B Old Chemistry Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90256, Durham, NC 27708-0256
Phone: 
(919) 660-3168
Office Hours: 
Fall 2017 office hoursWed 11:30am-1:00pm

My main areas of research are German literary modernism, German-Jewish culture, Weimar cinema, and Austrian literature. My manuscript, Kafka and Noise: The Discovery of Cinematic Sound in Literary Modernism, is under review at Northwestern University Press. In this intermedial study I demonstrate that the role of noise in Kafka's writings is best understood through the theory and practice of film sound. In my next project I will examine the twentieth-century East European German-Jewish novel, or Galizienroman, as a modernist form. I will explore the relationship of tradition and modernity, as well as questions of modernist form and style, in authors such as Joseph Roth, Soma Morgenstern, and H. W. Katz. Recent courses I have taught include German film (undergraduate), Surveillance & Society (first-year seminar), and "'Mensch ohne Welt': Twentieth-Century German-Jewish Literature" (graduate).

Education

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2010