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
(919) 660-3168

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).


  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2010

Gellen, K. "Hearing Spaces: Architecture and Acoustic Experience in Modernist German Literature." Modernism/Modernity 17 (2010): 799-818. (Academic Article)

"Special Issue on German Film Studies." Edited by K Gellen. The German Quarterly 85 (2012): vii-xii. (Special issue)

Geimer, P. "Image as Trace: Speculations about an Undead Paradigm." differences 18, no. 1 (January 1, 2007): 7-28. Full Text