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Jeffrey Champlin

PhD in German Studies
New York University
Jeffrey Champlin received his PhD from New York University. Over the past ten years, he has taught at NYU, Middlebury, and Bard's campuses in New York, Berlin, and the West Bank. His teaching and research focuses on connections between literature, the fine arts, philosophy, and political theory. Jeffrey's book, The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues, turns to Goethe, Schiller, and Kleist for surprising responses to political violence from voices on the margins of society. Hannah Arendt is one of his main research focuses and he is an associate fellow at Bard College's Arendt Center. His current project, Mutant Romanticism and Fundamentalist Thought, traces the epistemological and political effects of imagined acts of rebirth in Pietism, German Idealism, Romanticism, and Arendt's philosophy of natality. He also teaches literature at the Barenboim-Said Academy and in Bard's Language and Thinking Program.



The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues. Preface by Avital Ronell (Northwestern University Press, 2015).

Edited Volumes
The Technological Introject: Friedrich Kittler Between Implementation and the Incalculable (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018). Editor, with Antje Pfannkuchen.

Terror and the Roots of Poetics (New York and Dresden: Atropos Press, 2013).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Rights, Revolution, Representation: Thinking Through the Language of the French Revolution,” Teaching Representations of the French Revolution, ed. Julia Douthwaite (Modern Language Association Book Publications Program). Forthcoming, 2018.

“The Clara Complex: Kittler on ‘The Sandman.’” The Technological Introject: Friedrich Kittler Between Implementation and the Incalculable (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018).

“‘We shall be monsters’: Body Structuralism and Earth Narrative.” Studien zur Englischen Romantik 19 (2017).

“‘Poetry or Body Politic:’ Notes on Natality.” Reading Arendt’s Denktagebuch, ed. Roger Berkowitz (New York: Fordham University Press, 2017).

“Brother, Sister, Monster: Resonance and the Body of the Voice in Antigone and The Metamorphosis.” Modern Language Notes 130.5 (2015).

“Born Again: Arendt’s Natality as Figure and Concept.” Germanic Review, 88 (2013).

“LOOK AWAY FROM ME: Apotrope als Beichte und die Zukunft von Sarah Kanes 4.48 Psychosis.” Ökonomie des Opfers. Literatur im Zeichen des Suizides (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2013 ) [“LOOK AWAY FROM ME: Apotrope as Confession and the Future of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis.”

“Reader Beware: Wild Right in Eichendorff and Kleist.” Heinrich von Kleist: Artistic and Political Legacies, ed. Jeff High (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013).

“Art in Ruin: Rilke’s Ekphrastic Turn.” Terror and the Roots of Poetics, ed. Jeffrey Champlin (New York and Dresden: Atropos Press, 2013).

“Reading Terrorism in Kleist: The Violence and Mandates of Michael Kohlhaas.” German Quarterly, 85.4 (2012).

“Hegel’s Faust.” Goethe Yearbook 18.1 (2011).

“Bombenpost 2011: Zur Rezeption von Kleists Briefen.” Kleist Jahrbuch (2010).

“Authority in a Time of War: 21st Century Kleist Scholarship.” Germanic Review 85, 1 (2010).

Dr. Jeffrey Champlin
German Studies
Email: j.champlin@berlin.bard.edu