Ulrich Baer

Professor of German, Comparative Literature; Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, & Diversity; Affiliated faculty member in the Department of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Ph.D. 1995 (Comparative Literature), Yale; B.A. 1991 (Literature), Harvard

Office Address: 19 University Place, Room 326
Phone: 212-998-8695

Areas of Research/Interest
19th- to 20th-century poetry; literary theory; intersections of history and literature; contemporary literature; theories and history of photography; Rilke and Celan.

Affiliated with other departments or programs
Affiliated faculty member in the Department of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

External Affiliations
Modern Language Association; Narrative Society; College Art Association; American Comparative Literature Association; German Studies Association

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2006 - 2007; Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship 2007 - 2008; Golden Dozen Teaching Award 2004; Getty Research Fellowship, 2001 - 2002; Remarque Institute Faculty Fellow, Spring 1999; DAAD Research Fellowship 1998; Golden Dozen Teaching Award 1998

PublicationsEd. Amir Eshel with contributions by Stephan Braese, Barbara Hahn, Christine Ivanovic, Martin Klebes, Vivian Liska, Fred Moten, Sigrid Weigel, Liliane Weissberg, and Thomas Wild. Hannah Arendt zwischen den Disziplinen. Göttingen: Eshel Wallstein Verlag, 2014.

The Rilke Alphabet. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.

Beggar's Chicken: Stories From Shanghai. Hong Kong: Earnshaw Publishers, 2013.

Ed. with Emily Sun and Eyal Peretz. The Claims of Reading: The Shoshana Felman Reader. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007.

Five Editions of Rilke's Letters: on Life, on Letters, on Art, on Loss, on Faith with Introductions. Frankfurt: Insel Verlag, 2006.

Das Rilke Alphabet. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2006.

Letters on Life: The Wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke. New York: Random House/Modern Library, 2005.

110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11. New York: NYU Press, 2002. Editor of literary anthology of New York-based writers' and poets' responses to the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.

Traumadeutung: Erfahrung der Moderne bei Charles Baudelaire und Paul Celan. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2002.

Translation of "Remnants of Song." Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan. Stanford University Press, 2000.

Niemand zeugt für den Zeugen: Zeugenschaft und historische Verantwortung nach der Shoah. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1999.


"Ernest Cole's House of Bondage: The Photography of Witnessing." Grey Art Gallery Gazette 15.1 (fall 2014).

"Seeing in the Future in an Image from the Past: Hannah Arendt, Garry Winogrand, and Photographing the World," Yearbook of Comparative Ltiterature, 2009 (volume 55).

"Bring the Outside In: On Diti Almog," in Studio 173, May-June 2008, Tel Aviv.

"The Reluctant Modernism of Thomas Struth," in "Struth," Madre Museum, Naples, 2008, 85-97.

"End of a World: On Thomas Demand's Photographs," in: L'Esprit d'escalier," IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin, Ireland and Walter Koenig, Cologne: 2007. 82-112.

"Paul Celan's Stars: Teaching 'Todesfuge' as a Canonical Holocaust Poem," in Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes, eds. Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, New York: MLA, 2005.

"'Learning to Speak Like a Victim': Media and Authenticity in Marcel Beyer's Flughunde" in Gegenwartsliteratur. Contemporary Holocaust Images. South Atlantic Quarterly. 1997.

"Sign and History in Baudelaire." Semiotics. 1995.

"Photography and Hysteria: Toward a Poetics of the Flash." The Yale Journal of Criticism. 1994.

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