Edward Clark Crossett Professor
Department of Comparative Literature
Amir Eshel is Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies, Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature; an Affiliated Faculty at The Europe Center Member and CISAC at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on the contemporary novel, twentieth century German culture, German-Jewish history and culture, and modern Hebrew literature. He is interested in the literary and cultural imagination as it addresses modernity’s traumatic past for its contemporary philosophical, political and ethical implications.
Recently, Amir Eshel completed a new book, Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past (The University of Chicago Press in 2013). The German version of the book, Zukünftigkeit - Die zeitgenössische Literatur und die Vergangenheit appeared in 2012 with Suhrkamp Verlag. Together with Yfaat Weiss he co-edited a book of essays on Barbara Honigmann, Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge (Fink Verlag (2013)). He is also the author of Zeit der Zäsur: Jüdische Lyriker im Angesicht der Shoah (1999), and Das Ungesagte Schreiben: Israelische Prosa und das Problem der Palästinensischen Flucht und Vertreibung (2006). In recent years, he also published essays on writers such as Franz Kafka, Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan, W.G. Sebald, Günter Grass, Alexander Kluge, Durs Grünbein, Barbara Honigmann, Dan Pagis, S. Yizhar, and Yoram Kaniyuk.
Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor of German Studies, he taught at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Amir Eshel is a recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt and the Friedrich Ebert foundations and received the Award for Distinguished Teaching from the School of Humanities and Sciences. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in German literature, both from the University of Hamburg.
- Narrative and Ethics (Senior Undergraduate/Graduate)
- Memory and History in the Contemporary Novel (Graduate, co-taught with Hayden White)
- The Stakes of Narrative (Graduate, co-taught with Hayden White)
- Present Pasts: History, Fiction, Temporality (Graduate, co-taught with Hayden White)
- The Contemporary Israeli Novel: Memory and History (Senior Undergraduate/ Graduate)
- History and Memory in Germany, Austria, and Israel (Senior Undergraduate /Graduate)
- Terrorism (Graduate, co-taught with Allen S. Weiner (Stanford Law School) and Josef Joffe (Editor, Die Zeit)
- Modernism in Europe and the Jewish Voice (Graduate)
- Reading Franz Kafka (In English and German, Undergraduate/Graduate)
- German Words, Jewish Voices: German Jewish Literature (Undergraduate/Graduate)
- Holocaust and Literature (Senior Undergraduate/Graduate)
- “1968” and Beyond: German Literature before and after the Students’ Revolt (Taught in German,
- German Romanticism (Taught in German, Senior Undergraduate/Graduate)
- Modern German Poetry (Taught in German, Graduate)
- Colloquium on the Contemporary German Novel (Taught in German, Graduate)
- Berlin: The City as Body, the City as Metaphor (Senior Undergraduate /Graduate)
- Myth and Modernity (Freshman Seminar in Stanford University’s Introduction to the Humanities program)
Research interests include postwar German culture; comparative literature; German-Jewish history and culture from the Enlightenment to the present
Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past (The University of Chicago Press (2013)); , Zukünftigkeit - Die zeitgenössische Literatur und die Vergangenheit (Suhrkamp Verlag (2012)) (with Yfaat Weiss, eds.), Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge: Zum Werk Barbara Honigmanns (Fink Verlag (2013)).
Das Ungesagte Schreiben: Israelische Prosa und das Problem der Palästinensischen Flucht und Vertreibung; Veröffentlichungen des Lehrstuhls für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur (2006)
Zeit der Zäsur: Jüdische Lyriker im Angesicht der Shoah; Universitätsverlag Heidelberg, 1999