Kata Gellen

Office Hours: 

Fall 2019 office hours
Tues/Thur 12-1pm

Kata Gellen

Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature

External Address: 
116B Old Chemistry Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90256, Durham, NC 27708-0256
Phone: 
(919) 660-3168

My main areas of research are German literary modernism, German-Jewish culture, Weimar cinema, and Austrian literature. My book, Kafka and Noise: The Discovery of Cinematic Sound in Literary Modernism, appeared with Northwestern University Press in 2019. 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 current project I examine the twentieth-century East European German-Jewish novel, or Galizienroman, as a modernist form. I 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 Stories of Entrapment (upper-level undergraduate course in German), Surveillance & Society (first-year seminar), and "'Mensch ohne Welt': Twentieth-Century German-Jewish Literature" (graduate).

Education

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2010