Jan Behrs Visiting DAAD Professor (2016-2018)

Jan Behrs is DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of German. He received his Ph.D. in German Literature in 2012 from Humboldt University in Berlin. His dissertation focused on the interdependence between literature and literary scholarship: What does it mean for literature if it is constantly monitored by scholars, as it has been the case in Germany at least since the late 19th century? The work appeared under the title “Der Dichter und sein Denker” (Stuttgart: Hirzel 2013). He also wrote a book on transfer of knowledge in scientific communities (together with Benjamin Gittel and Ralf Klausnitzer: Wissenstransfer. Konditionen, Praktiken, Verlaufsformen der Weitergabe von Erkenntnis. Bern: Lang 2013). The topics of recent articles include the history of German Studies in the United States (Between Intellectual Mountain-Peaks: Die US-amerikanische Germanistik und ihr Umgang mit Gegenwartsliteratur im ersten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts. In: IASL; forthcoming), lesser-known expressionist circles in northern Germany (Entlegenste Geistesprovinzen. Die Kieler Zeitschrift “Die schöne Rarität” als Phänomen des Spätexpressionismus. In: Expressionismus, Spring 2015 issue) and the author Hubert Fichte (Halbehalbe, verdoppelt: Raumordnung und Habitusbildung in Hubert Fichtes Roman Die Palette. In: I. Irsigler, O. Petras, C. Rauen (eds.): Pop-Literatur; forthcoming).

Before coming to Northwestern, he taught at the universities of Stuttgart and Kiel and worked as a copy editor in a publishing house. His teaching and research interests include German baroque literature, the sociology of literature, the literary canon and its fringes, and contemporary German literature and film.