Gerhard Richter's research focuses on aesthetic theory and European critical thought since Kant; modern German literature and culture (including photography); the Frankfurt School (especially Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno); the intersections of literary writing and philosophy (especially Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida); contemporary French thought; questions of translation; and the complexities of intellectual and cultural inheritance.

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Gerhard Richter was educated in Germany and the U.S., earning his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1996. Before coming to Brown in 2011 as Chair of the German Department and as Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, he taught at the University of California, Davis, where he served as Director of the Graduate Program in Critical Theory, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a visiting fellow at institutions such as Northwestern, Rutgers, and Syracuse, and, in Germany, at the Universities of Bonn, Cologne, and Duesseldorf, as well as the Zentrum fuer Literatur- und Kulturforschung in Berlin. Richter is chair of the Executive Committee of the MLA's Division on Philosophical Approaches to Literature and also has served on the Executive Committee of the International Walter Benjamin Society. He is the author of four books: Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography (Wayne State University Press, 2000; 2nd edition, 2002); Aesthetik des Ereignisses. Sprache-Geschichte-Medium (Fink, 2005); Thought-Images: Frankfurt School Writers' Reflections from Damaged Life (Stanford University Press, 2007); and Afterness: Figures of Following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics (Columbia University Press, 2011). Richter also is the editor of six additional books.

GERHARD RICHTER, Ph.D., Princeton University
Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of German Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 2650

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