Ari Linden earned his PhD in German Studies from Cornell University in 2013 and began his career at the University of Kansas that fall. Ari enjoys teaching a wide range of courses on modern German culture and the German language. His recent monograph, Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity (Northwestern University Press, 2020), treats the twentieth-century Austrian satirist Karl Kraus as a critical yet overlooked theorist of modernity, as it re-envisions Kraus as an interlocutor of Søren Kierkegaard, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno. Ari has also published articles and book chapters on Walter Benjamin, Else Lasker-Schüler, Bertolt Brecht, G.W.F. Hegel, and Leo Strauss. His current project, tentatively titled On the Dialectics of Exile, will examine literary and philosophical treatments of exile in the modern German and German Jewish literary and philosophical tradition.
- German Jewish thought and literature
- The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
- Twentieth-century German and Austrian literary and visual culture
- Literatures and philosophies of exile
- Theories of comedy and satire
Selected Awards & Honors
Hall Center for the Humanities