Carsten Strathausen

Carsten Strathausen
Professor of German and English; Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in Humanities
221K Arts & Science

Ph.D., 1995, University of Oregon

Research and Teaching

My research focuses mainly on the relationship between words and images from 1800 to the present, but I have also published on 20th-century political philosophy and literary theory. Over the last years, I have become increasingly interested in the history of science and the influence of technology on Western culture. I am currently working on a project about the aesthetics of New Media.

In the German department, I typically teach a graduate seminar on Expressionism and/or the Avantgarde movement as well as introductory courses on German literature. As a member of the English Department, I teach a required course for all graduate students on either Classical or Contemporary Literary Theory. I have also taught a broad variety of specialized undergraduate seminars in the Honors College and the Film Studies Program.

Selected Publications


Boris Groys' Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media. Trans. and intro. by Carsten Strathausen (New York: Columbia UP, 2012). 183 pages. 2012.

A Leftist Ontology. Ed. and intro. by Carsten Strathausen. Preface by William E. Connolly (University of Minnesota Press). 283 pages. 2009.

The Look of Things: Poetry and Vision around 1900 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).


"The Space of Subjectivity in Berlin School Cinema." The Place of Politics in German Film, ed. Martin Blumenthal-Barby (Forthcoming from Berghahn Press).

"Surveillance." Revolver Kino, ed. Roger Cook, Lutz Koepnick, Kristin Kopp and Brad Prager (Forthcoming from Intellect Press).

"Interiority." Revolver Kino, ed. Roger Cook, Lutz Koepnick, Kristin Kopp and Brad Prager (Forthcoming from Intellect Press).

"Thing-Politics and Science." Law in Ruins, ed. Klaus Mladek and George Edmondson (Forthcoming from Duke University Press).

"Der Ort des Denkens: Peter Risthause' Onto-Topologie." Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 129, (2012).

"Epistemological Reflections on Minor Points in Deleuze." Theory & Event 13.4, (December 2010). 18 pages. Online

"Myth or Knowledge: On Carl Schmitt's Hamlet or Hekuba." Telos 153, (Winter 2010). 1-23.

"The Philosopher's Body. Derrida and Teletechnologies." The New Centennial Review 9/2, (2009). 139-64.

"New Media Aesthetics." After the Digital Divide. German Aesthetic Theory in the Age of Globalization, ed. Lutz Koepnick and Erin McGlothlin (Rochester: Camden House, 2009). 52-68.

"Introduction: Thinking Outside In." A Leftist Ontology, ed. ed. and intro. by Carsten Strathausen (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009). 18-35. xix-xlvi.

"Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: The Relationship Between Literature and Film." Gegenwartsliteratur 7 (2009). 1-29.

"Adorno, Nietzche, and Metaphysics." New Essays on the Frankfort School of Critical Theory ed. Alfred J. Drake co-author Bradley Butterfield (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008). 18-35.

"Riefenstahl and the Face of Fascism." Riefenstahl Screened: An Anthology of New Criticism, ed.Neil Christian Pages, Ingeborg Majer-O'Sickey and Mary Rhiel (New York: Continuum Press, 2008). 30-51.

"Going Nowhere: Sebald's Rhizomatic Travels." Searching For Sebald. Photography After W. G. Sebald, ed. Lise Patt (Los Angeles, 2007). 472-91.

“A Critique of Neo-Left Ontology.” Postmodern Culture 16.3 (Fall 2006).

“A Rebel Against Hermeneutics: On the Presence of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht.” Theory & Event 9.1 (2006).

“Moving On: Phil Goldstein’s Post-Marxist Theory.” The Minnesota Review 65-66 (Fall / Spring 2006): 177-84.

“Adorno, or, The End of Aesthetics.”  Globalizing Critical Theory, ed. Max Pensky (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). 221-40.

“The Badiou-Event.” Polygraph 17 (2005); special edition on "The Philosophy of Alain Badiou," ed. Matthew Wilkens. 239-57.

“Brecht’s Corpus.” Communications 34 (Summer 2005): 52-4.

“Facing Žižek.” The Minnesota Review 61-62 (2004): 239-46.

“Against Marxist Doxa.” theory@buffalo 9 (2004): 121-56.

“The Lost Gaze: Reflections on the Photography of Andreas Gursky.” Genre 36, ¾ (Fall/Winter 2003): 341-64.

“Of Circles and Riddles: Stefan George and the Language-Crisis around 1900.” The German Quarterly 76/4 (Fall 2003): 411-25.

“Uncanny Spaces: The City in Ruttmann and Vertov,” Screening the City, ed. Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice (Verso, 2003). 15-40.

“The Image as Abyss: The Cinematic Sublime in the Mountain Film,” Peripheral Visions. The Hidden Stages of Weimar Cinema, ed. Kenneth S. Calhoon (Detroit: Wayne State, 2001). 171-189.

“Benjamin’s Aura, or: the Broken Heart of Modernity,” The Institute of Cultural Inquiry; special edition on Benjamin’s Blind Spot, ed. Lise Patt (2001). 1-14.

“The Return of the Gaze: Stereoscopic Vision in Jünger and Benjamin,” New German Critique 80 (Spring/Summer 2000): 125-48.

“Eichendorff's Das Marmorbild and the Demise of Romanticism,” New Readings in Romanticism, ed. Martha Helfer (Amsterdam: Amsterdamer Beiträge zur Germanistik, 2000) 367-88.

“Nazi Aesthetics,” Renaissance and Modern Studies 42 (1999); special issue on Fascist Aesthetics, ed. Greg Hainge. 5-19.

“Brechts Kleinbürgerhochzeit: Ein Beispiel für Drama in DaF,” co-authored with Gerd Bräuer, Zielsprache Deutsch 2/95 (June 1995) 94-100.

“Althusser's Mirror,” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 18/1 (Winter 1994) 58-71.