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Dr Peter Zusi
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Biography

I studied literature at Yale (BA) and comparative literature and social thought at the University of Chicago (MA, PhD), where my original interest in German literature rapidly expanded to include Czech literature in particular and central European literature in general. My doctoral dissertation examined intellectual and ideological functions of the notion of "historicism" in Czech and German avant-gardes in the interwar period. After defending my dissertation I taught for several years in the Slavic department at Harvard.

I am currently working on two books: one about Karel Teige and the notion of 'integrity' in avant-garde thought, and one about Kafka and Czech modernism. I am co-editor of the journal Central Europe.


Research Summary
Modern Czech and German literature and culture; theory of modernism and the avant-garde; literature in relation to the visual arts, particularly architecture; Kafka; philosophy of history; and cultural history of central Europe from the Enlightenment onward. I have a particular interest in points of contact and conflict between Czech and German culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



Teaching Summary

I teach courses on Czech literature from the eighteenth century to the present and contribute to team-taught courses on central and east European literature and cinema. I supervise PhD dissertations on Czech and central European literature and culture.

Academic Background
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Comparative Literature University of Chicago
1994 MA Master of Arts – Comparative Literature University of Chicago
1989 BA Bachelor of Arts – Literary Studies Yale University
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