Carsten Strathausen

Professor of German and English; Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in Humanities
218B Strickland Hall
Areas of Study: 
Critical Theory
Film Studies, Digital Storytelling, and Visual Studies
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.


Ph.D., 1995, University of Oregon

Select 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.