Andreas Huyssen  

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Andreas Huyssen (b. 1942) is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1986. He is the founding director of the university's Center for Comparative Literature and Society and one of the founding editors of the New German Critique, the leading journal of German studies in the United States.



Huyssen received his doctorate from the University of Zürich in 1969, and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from then until 1986, when he joined the faculty at Columbia. From 1986-92 and in 2005 he served as head of Columbia's Germanic Languages and Literatures department. From 1998 to 2003 he was a director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society.


Huyssen is particularly known for his work on 18th-20th century German literature and culture, international modernism and postmodernism, Frankfurt School critical theory, cultural memory, historical trauma, urban culture, and globalization. His work has appeared in translation in Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages.

He is currently working on a book project about modernist miniatures, a little studied experimental form of modernist writing, widespread in French and German modernism from Charles Baudelaire to Rainer Maria Rilke, Benn, Franz Kafka, Siegfried Kracauer, Musil, and Walter Benjamin.

In addition to his editorship of the New German Critique, Huyssen serves on the editorial boards of October, Constellations, and Germanic Review.


Married to New York Times correspondent Nina Bernstein, Huyssen is also a longtime friend of Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, and often hosts him when the writer comes to the US. The two teach a class together at Columbia.

Selected works

  • Drama des Sturm und Drang (1980)
  • After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (1986)
  • Postmoderne: Zeichen eines kulturellen Wandels (ed. with Klaus Scherpe, 1986)
  • Modernity and the Text: Revisions of German Modernism (ed. with David Bathrick, 1989)
  • Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia (1995)
  • Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (2003)
  • Other Cities, Other Worlds: Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing World (forthcoming 2008)

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