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Florian Becker

PhD in German literature
Princeton University
Managing Director
Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Bard College

Florian Becker joined the Division of Languages and Literature at Bard College in Annandale in 2005 and has been teaching at Bard College Berlin since 2012. He read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, before earning a Ph.D. in German literature at Princeton University. Awards for his doctoral work on twentieth-century German theater and philosophy include a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities. Publications include articles and chapters in Brecht und die Naturwissenschaften (eds. Hippe and Ißbrücker, 2017), Der DeutschunterrichtModern Drama,The International Brecht Yearbook and the Routledge Handbook of Human Rights. He has completed a monograph on Bertolt Brecht, Peter Weiss, and Heiner Müller, Theater and Praxis: Realism as Critique in Twentieth-Century German Drama and has edited, with Paola S. Hernández and Brenda Werth, a volume of essays entitled Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First Century Theater: Global Perspectives (2013). He is editing, with Janine Ludwig, an English-language companion to the works of Heiner Müller.

Courses offered at Bard College Berlin 2012-2019
  • "German Beginner A1"
  • "The Frankfurt School: What is Critical Theory?"
  • "Berlin: Experiment in Modernity,"
  • "Berlin: Experiment in Modernity I,"
  • "Berlin: Experiment in Modernity II."

Courses offered at Bard College, Annandale
  • Literature 3035 "The Frankfurt School,"
  • Literature 2022 "The Making of Modern Theatre,"
  • Literature 288 "Modern Drama in Translation: Brecht in the Global South,"
  • Literature 204C "Comparative Literature III: Romanticism to Modernism,"
  • Philosophy 2014(3) "The Philosophy of Human Rights" (at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa),
  • German 456 "Neo-Avantgarde and Student Movement in 1960s Germany,"
  • German 425 "Culture and Society in Weimar Germany,"
  • German 410 "Revolution in German Literature,"
  • German 317 "German Poetry: Goethe to Celan,"
  • German 306 "German Drama and the Story of Capitalism,"
  • German 305 "Writing Freedom: German Literature Since 1700,"
  • German 202 "Intermediate German II,"
  • German 201 "Intermediate German I,"
  • German 102 "Beginning German II,"
  • German 101 "Beginning German I,"
  • First-Year Seminar II "Revolution and the Limits of Reason."
Dr. Florian Becker
Managing Director; Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Bard College
Phone: +49 30 43733 0
Email: f.becker[at]berlin.bard.edu