Jeffrey S. Librett

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  • Title: Professor of German & Scandinavian
  • Additional Title: Director of Graduate Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-0649
  • Office: 327 Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: Fall 2021: By appointment - email for Zoom link
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department, Judaic Studies Program, Philosophy Department
  • Interests: German, French, and English letters; Enlightenment, Counter-enlightenment, Romanticism, and Modernism; literature, philosophy, critical theory, inter-arts discourse, Judaic Studies, psychoanalysis
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Research and Teaching Profile

Jeffrey S. Librett (Ph.D. Cornell University, 1989, Comparative Literature) is a Professor of German, directs the interdepartmental German Studies Committee, and participates in Comparative Literature, Judaic Studies, and Philosophy.

Professor Librett has written The Rhetoric of Cultural Dialogue: Jews and Germans from Moses Mendelssohn to Richard Wagner and Beyond (Stanford University Press, 2000), and published numerous essays on German literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, Jewish Studies, and theory from the eighteenth century to the present.

He has translated a number of texts from German and French into English, including Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Sense of the World (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) and Of the Sublime: Presence in Question, by Michel Deguy et al (State University of New York Press, 1993).

His second book is titled Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew (Fordham University Press, fall 2015).


Recent Courses: Literary Theory; Aesthetics of Anxiety in the Modernist Moment; The Modern Subject in Perspective(s); On an Insubstantial Subject (Heidegger, Levinas, Lacan, Ashbery, Koethe); Narrative and Narrative Theory.