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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.
|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|