Kata Gellen

Office Hours: 

Spring 2019 office hours
Tuesday and Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm

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 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 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