Kata Gellen

Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature

116B Old Chemistry
Campus Box: 
(919) 660-3168
Office Hours: 
Spring 2017: Wednesdays 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and by appointment

My main areas of research are German literary modernism, German-Jewish culture, Weimar cinema, and Austrian literature. My manuscript, Kafka and Noise: The Discovery of Cinematic Sound in Literary Modernism, is under review at Northwestern University Press. In this intermedial study I demonstrate that the role of noise in Kafka's writings is best understood through the theory and practice of film sound. In my next project I will examine the twentieth-century East European German-Jewish novel, or Galizienroman, as a modernist form. I will explore the relationship of tradition and modernity, as well as questions of modernist form and style, in authors such as Joseph Roth, Soma Morgenstern, and H. W. Katz. Recent courses I have taught include German film (undergraduate), Surveillance & Society (first-year seminar), and "'Mensch ohne Welt': Twentieth-Century German-Jewish Literature" (graduate).


  • Ph.D. 2010, Princeton University
  • BA 2000, Harvard University

Gellen, K. "Kafka und Prag. Literatur-, kultur-, sozial- und sprachhistorische Kontexte, edited by Peter Becher, Steffen Höhne and Marek Nekula." Monatshefte: fuer deutschsprachige literatur und kultur 106.1 (2014): 151-153.

Gellen, K. "Kafka's Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition, by David Suchoff." MLN (Modern Language Notes) 128 (2013): 8-11.

Gellen, K. "Der Überlebende und sein Doppel. Kulturwissenschaftliche Analysen zum Werk Elias Canettis, by Susanne Lüdemann." Monatshefte: fuer deutschsprachige literatur und kultur 101.4 (2009): 597-99.

Gellen, K. "Die zweite Stimme. Vortragskunst von Goethe bis Kafka, by Lothar Müller." Monatshefte: fuer deutschsprachige literatur und kultur 101.1 (2009): 126-128.

Gellen, K. "Noises Off: Cinematic Sound in Kafka's "The Burrow"." Mediamorphosis: Kafka and the Moving Image. Wallflower Press, 2016. 111-129. (Chapter)

Gellen, K. "Kafka, Pro and Contra: Günther Anders' Holocaust Book." Kafka and the Universal. Ed. A Cools and V Liska. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016. 283-306. (Chapter)

Gellen, K. ""Ein spanischer Dichter in deutscher Sprache": Monolanguage and mame-loshn in Elias Canetti and Frank Kafka." Sprache, Erkenntnis und Bedeutung: Deutsch in der jüdischen Wissenskultur. Ed. A Engelhardt and S Zepp. 2015. (Chapter)

Gellen, K. "Real Estate, Residency, and Mobility: Finding a Home in Nosferatu." The Place of Politics in German Film. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2014. 53-76. (Chapter)

Gellen, K. "The Opaque Voice: Canetti’s Foreign Tongues." The Worlds of Elias Canetti: Centenary Essays. Ed. WC Donahue and J Preece. Cambridge Scholars, 2007. 23-46. (Chapter)

Gellen, K. "Indexing identity: Fritz Lang's M." Modernism - Modernity 22.3 (January 1, 2015): 425-448. (Review)

Gellen, K. "Special Issue on German Film Studies: Introduction." The German Quarterly 85.1 (January 2012): vii-xii. Full Text

Gellen, K. "The Media Myth of America: Joseph Roth’s Hiob and Tarabas." Journal of Austrian Studies 45 (2012): 1-28. (Academic Article)

Gellen, K, and Norberg, J. "The unconscionable critic: Thomas Bernhard's Holzfällen." Modern Austrian Literature 44.1-2 (July 14, 2011): 57-75. (Review) Open Access Copy

Gellen, K. "Be/Ruf: Sound control and vocal training in Der blaue Engel." Colloquia Germanica 44.3 (January 1, 2011): 259-281.

Rolleston, J, and Gellen, K. "From the Editors." The German Quarterly 84.1 (January 2011): vii-vii. Full Text

Gellen, K. "Hearing spaces: Architecture and acoustic experience in modernist German literature." Modernism - Modernity 17.4 (November 1, 2010): 799-818. (Review)

Rolleston, J, and Gellen, K. "From the Editors." German Quarterly 83.2 (March 1, 2010).

Gellen, K. "The Mass-Produced Word: Kafka’s Scandals." Journal of the Kafka Society of America 29 (2008): 29-36.

Gellen, K. "Works Recited: Franz Kafka and the Art of Literary Recitation." The Germanic Review 86: 93-113. (Academic Article)

"Special Issue on German Film Studies." Ed. K Gellen. The German Quarterly 85 (2012): vii-xii. (Special issue)

Gellen, K. "Introduction: Special Issue on German Film Studies." The German Quarterly 85 (2012): vii-xii. (Academic Article)

Geimer, P. "Image as Trace: Speculations about an Undead Paradigm." differences 18.1 (January 1, 2007): 7-28. Full Text