Henry Sussman

Comparative Literature, New Haven
Fellowship: 01.10.2010–30.09.2011




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).