Henry Sussman

Comparative Literature, New Haven
Fellowship: 01.10.2010-30.09.2011


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1975, The Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Comparative Literature, 1972, The Johns Hopkins University
B.A., English and American Literature, Brandeis University, Magna cum Laude with Departmental Honors, 1968.


Fields of Research

19th & 20th-century comparative literary studies (primarily Euro-American), contemporary critical theory (deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Frankfurt School), contemporary systems theory.


Publications (Selection)

  • Around the Book: Systems and Literacy (forthcoming, 2010, Fordham University Press).
  • Idylls of the Wanderer: Outside in Literature and Theory (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007). [Essays on the Zohar, Nietzsche, Joyce, Benjamin, Kafka, Schulz, Faulkner, Baldwin].
  • The Task of the Critic: Poetics, Philosophy, and Religion (New York: Fordham University Press, 2005).
  • The Aesthetic Contract: Statutes of Art and Intellectual Work in Modernity (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997).
  • Psyche and Text: The Sublime and the Grandiose in Literature, Psychopathology, and Culture (Albany: SUNY Press, 1993).
  • Kafka's Unholy Trinity: The Trial, Twayne's Masterworks Series (New York: Macmillan, 1993).
  • Afterimages of Modernity: Structure and Indifference in Twentieth-Century Literature (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990).
  • High Resolution: Critical Theory and the Problem of Literacy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).
  • The Hegelian Aftermath: Essays on Hegel, Kierkegaard, Freud, Proust, and James (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982).
  • Franz Kafka: Geometrician of Metaphor (Madison: Coda Press, Inc., 1979).