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Faculty: James L. Rolleston  

James L. Rolleston
Title: Professor Emeritus
Office Location: 116L Old Chemistry, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3162
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  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1968
  • BA, Ford Fellow, University of Minnesota, 1962
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1962
  • B.A., University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), 1961
  • BA, Winchester College, Winchester, England, 1958

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Professor of German and Literature (Ph.D. Yale, 1968). He has been at Duke since 1975 and is currently chair of the German Department. His books include Kafka 's Narrative Theater (1974), and Narratives of Ecstasy: Romantic Temporality in Modern German Poetry (1987). His research interests focus on romanticism, the Frankfurt School generally, and Walter Benjamin in particular. His translation of Peter Weiss' last play, The New Trial, is to be published by Duke Press; and he is currently editing a new collection of essays on Kafka. For the Literature Program, he directs the team-taught graduate course in 20th century literary theory.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

Edited Volumes

  • J. Rolleston. A Companion to the Works of Franz Kafka. Camden House, 2002 ().
Articles in a Collection
  • 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.
  • J. Rolleston. "Heute, 1948: Photojournalism Frames the German Present."  forthcoming.
  • 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.
Book Reviews
  • Raymond Furness, Zarathustra's Children: A Study of a Lost Generation of German Writers.  93:4 (2001). (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2000)
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