Curriculum Vitae

James L. Rolleston

Box 90256, Durham, NC 27708-0256 (919) 660-3162 (office)

  Invited Lectures:   Professional Meetings:



  1. J. Rolleston. Naratives of Ecstasy: Romantic Temporality in Modern German Poetry.  Wayne State University Press, 1987.
  2. J. Rolleston. Kafka's Narrative Theater.  Pennsylvania State University Press, 1974.
  3. J. Rolleston. Rilke in Transition: An Exploration of His Earliest Poetry.  Yale University Press, 1970.

   Edited Volumes

  1. J. Rolleston. A Companion to the Works of Franz Kafka. Camden House, 2002 ().
  2. J. Rolleston. Contemporary German Poetry. Studies in Twentieth Century Literature (special issue) vol. 21 no. 1, Winter, 1997 (). (with introduction)
  3. J. Rolleston. Twentieth Century Interpretations of The Trial. Prentice-Hall, 1976 ().

   Articles in a Collection

  1. J. Rolleston. "Choric Consciousness in Expressionist Poetry: Ernst Stadler, Else Lasker-Schüler, Georg Heym, Georg Trakl, Gottfried Benn." A Companion to German Expressionism Ed. Neil Donahue. Rochester, NY: Camden House, forthcoming.
  2. J. Rolleston. "Heute, 1948: Photojournalism Frames the German Present." . forthcoming.
  3. J. Rolleston. "The Poetry and Poetics of the Young Rilke, 1879-1902." A Rilke Companion Ed. Michael and Erica Metzger. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 2001, 40-66.
  4. J. Rolleston. "German Stories." . Winter, 2000, 35-38.
  5. J. Rolleston. "After Zero Hour: The Visual Texts of Post-War Germany." . Spring, 1999, 1-19.
  6. J. Rolleston. "Intervention on Interdisciplinary Studies." University in Transition Ed. Detlef Müller-Böling et al. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Foundation, 1998, 203-206.
  7. J. Rolleston. "Modernism and Metamorphosis: Karin Kiwus’ Das Chinesische Examen." . Winter, 1997, 111-122.
  8. J. Rolleston. "The Truth of Unemployment: Walter Benjamin reads his own times." . Spring, 1996, 27-49.
  9. J. Rolleston. "Franz Kafka: an introduction." Major Figures of Austrian Literature: The Interwar Years 1918-1938 Ed. Donald G. Daviau. Riverside, CA: Ariadne Press, 1995, 169-200.
  10. J. Rolleston. "Purification unto Death: ‘A Hunger Artist’ as Allegory of Modernism." Approaches to Teaching Kafka’s Short Fiction. New York: Modern Language Association, 1995, 135-142.
  11. J. Rolleston. "Modern German Poetry." The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics Ed. Alex Preminger and T. V. F. Brogan. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993, 467-474.
  12. J. Rolleston. "The Society of the Dead: Allegory and Freedom in Lenau’s Poetry." Traditions of Experiment from the Enlightenment to the Present: Essays in Honor of Peter Demetz Ed. Nancy Kaiser and David Wellbery. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992, 107-125.
  13. J. Rolleston. "Duke’s New Doctorate in German Studies." Post-Wall German Studies: A Challenge for North American Colleges and Universities Ed. Heidrun Suhr. New York: DAAD, 1992, 127-132.
  14. J. Rolleston. "The Uses of the Frankfurt School: New Stories on the left." . Winter, 1991, 87-100.
  15. with Rosalind A. Coleman. "Anatomy Lessons: The Destiny of a Textbook 1971-72." . January, 1991, 153-173.
  16. J. Rolleston (part author). "Dialect Poetry." The New Princeton Encyclopedia. , 288-290.
  17. J. Rolleston. "Imagining the Sixties: Herbert Marcuse and his American Opponents." Fictions of Culture: Essays in Honor of Walter H. Sokel Ed. Steven Taubeneck. N. Y.: Peter Lang, 1991, 287-307.
  18. J. Rolleston. "The Legacy of Idealism: Schiller, Mörike and Biedermeier Culture." . December, 1990, 491-512.
  19. J. Rolleston. "Biedermeier and the Romantic poetics of ‘Bildung:’ Mörike’s ‘Im Frühling’." Mörike’s Muses Ed. Mörike’s Muses. Columbia, S. C.: Camden House, 1990, 151-163.
  20. J. Rolleston. "Modernism and Repetition: Kafka’s Literary Technologies." . Twelfth Year1990, 59-63.
  21. J. Rolleston. "The Politics of Quotation: Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project." . January, 1989, 13-27.
  22. J. Rolleston. "Rainer Maria Rilke." Modern European Writers. monograph seriesNew York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1989, 767-795.
  23. J. Rolleston. "Books Say More Than Their Writers Dream of (Editor’s title of essay on contemporary literary theories)." . August 30, 1987.
  24.  "Consuming History: An Analysis of Celan’s ‘Die Silbe Schmerz’." Psalm und Hawdalah. Zum Werk Paul Celans Ed. Joseph P. Strelka. Bern: Peter Lang, 1987, 37-48. (Reprinted in Poetry Criticism, Vol. 10, ed. by Drew Kalasky and Jane Kosek. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994, pp. 102-106)
  25. J. Rolleston. "Kafka’s Time Machines." Franz Kafka: His Craft and Thought Ed. Roman Struc and J. C. Yardley. Calgary: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1986, 25-48. (Reprinted in Critical Essays on Franz Kafka, ed. by Ruth V. Gross. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1990, pp. 85-104)
  26. J. Rolleston. "Kafka-Criticism: A Typological Perspective in the Centenary Year." Kafka’s Contextuality Ed. Alan Udoff. The Gordian Press, 1986, 1-32.
  27. J. Rolleston. "Betrachtung: Landschaften der Doppelgänger." Der junge Kafka Ed. Gerhard Kurz. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1984, 184-199.
  28. J. Rolleston. "The Discourse of Abstraction: Thinking about Art, 1904-14." Arthur Schnitzler and His Age Ed. Petrus W. Tax and Richard H. Lawson. Bonn: Bouvier Verlag, 1984, 120-142.
  29.  "Short Fiction in Exile: Exposure and Reclamation of a Tradition." Exile: The Writer’s Experience Ed. John M. Spalek and Robert F. Bell. University of North Carolina Press, 1982, 32-47.
  30. J. Rolleston. "Der Drang nach Synthese: Benn, Brecht und die Poetik der Fünfziger Jahre." Die deutsche Lyrik von 1930 bis 1975: Zwischen Botschaft und Spiel Ed. Klaus Weissenberger. Düsseldorf: August Bagel Verlag, 1981, 78-94.
  31. J. Rolleston. "Time Structures: a reading of poems by Mörike, Rilke and Benn." . November, 1980, 403-417.
  32. J. Rolleston. "Literature and Modern Histories." . September, 1980.
  33. J. Rolleston. "Nietzsche, Expressionism and Modern Poetics." . 1980, 285-301.
  34. J. Rolleston. "The Usable Future: Werfel’s Star of the Unborn as Exile Literature." Protest-Form-Tradition: Essays on German Exile Literature Ed. Joseph P. Strelka, Robert F. Bell and Eugene Dobson. University of Alabama Press, 1979, 57-80.
  35. J. Rolleston. "Die Erzählungen” Das Frühwerk." Contributions to the Kafka-Handbuch Ed. Hartmut Binder. Stuttgart: Kröner-Verlag, 1979, 242-262.
  36. J. Rolleston. "Die Romane: Ansätze der Frühzeit." Contributions to the Kafka-Handbuch Ed. Hartmut Binder. Stuttgart: Kröner-Verlag, 1979, 402-7.
  37. J. Rolleston. "The New Positivism: Hartmut Binder’s Kafka in neuer Sicht." . 1978, 123-138.
  38. J. Rolleston. "Strategy and Language: Georg Bendemann’s Theater of the Self." The Problem of the Judgment Ed. Angel Flores. New York: Gordian Press, 1977, 133-45. (Reprinted from Kafka’s Narrative Theater)
  39. J. Rolleston. "The Expressionist Moment: Heym, Trakl and the Problem of the Modern." . Fall, 1976, 65-90.
  40. J. Rolleston. "Seven copyrighted lectures taped for the World Literature Series."  Ed. Maynard Mack. 1974-75. (discussing the following works: 1. Kafka: The Trial 2. Kafka: The Castle 3. Kafka: Three Short Stories 4. Mann: Death in Venice and Tonio Kröger 5. Mann: The Magic Mountain 6. Mann: Felix Krull 7. Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front)

   Translated Books

  1. Bernd Witte, trsl by James Rolleston. "Walter Benjamin: an Intellectual Biography."  Wayne State University Press, 1991. (Winner, American Literary Translation Association Award for 1991 Winner, 1993 German Literary Prize, American Translators Association)

   Translated Articles

  1. Elke Erb. "Fundamentally Grounded."  Winter, 1997: 187-218.

   Book Reviews

  1. Raymond Furness, Zarathustra's Children: A Study of a Lost Generation of German Writers.  93:4 (2001). (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2000)
  2. Bruno Hillebrand, Nietzsche: Wie ihn die Dichter sahen. Monatshefte 93:2 (2001). (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2000)
  3. Rolf J. Goebel, Constructing China. Kafka’s Orientalist Discourse. Colloquia Germanica 32:1 (1999). (Columbia, S. C.: Camden House, 1997)
  4. Stanley Rosen, The Mask of Enlightenment: Nietzsche’s “Zarathustra”. Journal of English and Germanic Philology XCVII:3 (July, 1998).
  5. Paul Celan, Breathturn (Atemwende). Southern Humanities Review 31:4 (Fall, 1997). (translated and with an introduction by Pierre Joris. Los Angeles: Sun and Moon Press, 1995)
  6. Arnold Heidsieck, The Intellectual Contexts of Kafka’s Fiction: Philosophy, Law, Religion. Colloquia Germanica 28:2 (1995). (Columbia, S. C.: Camden House, 1994)
  7. Jan Rosiek, Figures of Failure: Paul de Man’s Criticism 1953-1970. Journal of English and Germanic Philology XCIII:4 (October, 1994). (Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University Press, 1992)
  8. Robert C. Holub, Crossing Borders: Reception Theory, Poststructuralism, Deconstruction. Journal of English and Germanic Philology XCIII:2 (April, 1994). (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992)
  9. Kurt Fickert, End of a Mission: Kafka’s Search for Truth in His Last Stories. Colloquia Germanica 27:4 (1994). (Columbia, S. C.: Camden House, 1993)
  10.  Nietzsche as Postmodernist: Essays Pro and Contra. Journal of English and Germanic Philology XCI:2 (April, 1992). (Albany: S.U.N.Y. Press, 1990)
  11. Alan D. Schrift, Nietzsche and the Question of Interpretation: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction. Rivista di Letterature moderne e comparate 45:3 (1992). (New York, London: Routledge, 1990)
  12. Roy Boyne, Foucault and Derrida: The Other Side of Reason. Contemporary Sociology 20:3 (May, 1991). (London, Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990)
  13.  Nietzsche heute: Die Rezeption seines Werkes nach 1968. Journal of English and Germanic Philology LXXXIX:3 (July, 1990). (Bern, Stuttgart: Francke Verlag, 1988)
  14.  Nietzsche: Literature and Values. Journal of English and Germanic Philology LXXXIX:2 (April, 1990).
  15. Alice Kuzniar, Delayed Endings: Nonclosure in Novalis and Hölderlin. South Atlantic Review 53:2 (September, 1988). (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1987)
  16. Philip Grundlehner, The Poetry of Friedrich Nietzsche. Journal of English and Germanic Philology LXXXVII:1988 (April, 1988). (New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986)
  17.  Rilke-translations by Joel Agee (Letters on Cézanne), Robert Firmage (Rodin) and Albert Ernest Flemming (Selected Poems). Southern Humanities Review XXI:2 (Spring, 1987).
  18. Werner Hoffmann, “Ansturm gegen die letzte irdische Grenze:” Aphorismen und Spätwerk Kafkas. Journal of English and Germanic Philology LXXXV:4 (October, 1986). (Bern, Munich: Francke Verlag, 1984)
  19. Joachim Unseld, Franz Kafka: Ein Schriftstellerleben. Die Geschichte seiner Veröffentlichungen. Modern Language Notes 101:3 (April, 1986). (Munich: Carl Hanser Verlag, 1981)
  20. Charles L. Bernheimer, Flaubert and Kafka: Studies in Psychopoetic Structure. Journal of English and Germanic Philology LXXXIII:2 (April, 1984). (New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 1981)
  21. Britta Maché, Wandel und Sein. Rilkes Auseinandersetzung mit dem Phänomen der Verwandlung. Arbitrium  (1984). (Las Vegas: Peter Lang, 1981)
  22. Frank Lentricchia, After the New Criticism. South Atlantic Quarterly 81:1 (Winter, 1982). (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1980)
  23. Theodore Ziolkowski, The Classical German Elegy 1795-1950. Modern Austrian Literature XV:2 (1982). (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980)
  24. Paul de Man, Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust. Journal of English and Germanic Philology LXXX:1 (January, 1981). (New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 1979)
  25. William H. Rey, Poesie der Anti-Poesie: Moderne deutsche Lyrik: Genesis, Theorie, Struktur. German Quarterly LIII:2 (March, 1980). (Heidelberg: Lothar Stiehm Verlag, 1978)
  26. David A. White, Heidegger and the Language of Poetry. German Quarterly LIII:2 (March, 1980). (Lincoln, London: University of Nebraska Press, 1978)
  27. Karl-Bernhard Bödeker, Frau und Familie im erzählerischen Werk Franz Kafkas. Modern Austrian Literature XII:1 (1979). (Bern: Herbert Lang, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1974)
  28.  The Kafka Debate. German Quarterly LI:4 (November, 1978). (New York: Gordian Press, 1977)
  29. Käte Hamburger, Rilke: Eine Einführung. Journal of English and Germanic Philology LXXVII:4 (October, 1978).
  30. Klaus Weissenberger, Zwischen Stein und Stern: Mystische Formgebung in der Dichtung von Else Lasker-Schüler, Nelly Sachs und Paul Celan. German Quarterly L:3 (May, 1977). (Bern, Munich: Francke Verlag, 1976)
  31. Richard Sheppard, On Kafka’s Castle. German Quarterly XLIX:2 (March, 1976). (New York: Barnes and Noble, 1973)
  32. Stanley Corngold, The Commentator’s Despair: The Interpretation of Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”. Comparative Literature Studies XII:4 (December, 1975). (Port Washington, N. Y.: Kennikat Press, 1973)
  33. Richard Hamann and Jost Hermand, Epochen deutscher Kultur von 1870 bis zur Gegenwart. German Quarterly XLVIII:2 (March, 1975). (Volume I: Gründerzeit. Volume II: Naturalismus. (Reprint Sammlung Dialog.). Munich: Nymphenburger Vertragshandlung, 1971, 1972)

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