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Klaus Mladek


Address: Department of German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3511

Office: 210 Dartmouth Hall

Telephone: (603) 646-2711

Fax: (603) 646-1474


Klaus Mladek, Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, studied German and comparative literature, philosophy, theology, and law at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt/ Main, where he was awarded a Magister Artium in 1993. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving his M.A. in 1995 and Ph.D. in 2000. Before coming to Dartmouth, he taught at the University of Cincinnati from 2000-2004. He has received research grants from the German Government Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for German and European Studies, and the UC Psychoanalytic Consortium. His research focuses on 18th- to 20th-century literature and literary theory, psychoanalysis, law, philosophy and politics. Recent articles concern torture and shame, the American jury system, the state of exception in contemporary politics, and Kafka's idea of justice, including a study on a "politics of melancholia." He is the editor of Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution (Palgrave 2007), a volume on the representation of police in literature, film, and culture in the 16th-20th centuries. His study Stages of Justice: The Philosophical Theater from Socrates to Arendt is forthcoming with the theory series IDIOM at Northwestern University Press. His collection on contemporary political theory entitled Sovereignty in Ruins: The Crisis of Politics (co-edited with George Edmondson) is forthcoming with Duke University Press. His current book projects are Revolution and the Idea of Justice: Walter Benjamin's Political Philosophy and Criminal Subjects: Politics vs. Police in German Literature and Thought (1800/1900). He also teaches in Comparative Literature and in the Masters of Liberal Arts Program.

Last Updated: 7/3/12