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Prof. Dr. Carolin Duttlinger

University of Oxford
Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft
External Senior Fellow
September 2019 - Juli 2020

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Carolin Duttlinger studied at the Universities of Freiburg/Breisgau and Cambridge (UK), where she received her doctorate in 2003 with a thesis on Franz Kafka and Photography. From 2003 until 2006 she was Fellow and Tutor in German at Wadham College, Oxford. In 2006 she was appointed Associate Professor of German Literature at the University of Oxford; she is also the Co-Directors of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre. She has widely published on modern German literature, thought and visual culture, with particular reference to modernism and contemporary literature. For her research she was awarded the Zvi-Meitar/Vice-Chancellor University of Oxford Research Prize in 2008.

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • Ed., Kafka in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Ed., with Silke Horstkotte, Weimar Photography in Context: Seriality, Sequentiality, Narrativity, special issue of Monatshefte, 109:2 (July 2017)
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Franz Kafka (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Ed., with Ben Morgan and Anthony Phelan, Walter Benjamins anthropologisches Denken (Freiburg/Br.: Rombach Litterae, 2012)
  • Kafka and Photography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)


Walter Benjamin’s Journalistic Networks

Following the rejection of his professorial dissertation, Walter Benjamin decided to rebrand himself as a freelance journalist and writer. Between 1926 and his death in 1940 he produced around 220 pieces of journalistic writing – essays, reviews, travelogues and short fiction – and ca. 80 radio broadcasts. To date, this corpus remains largely unexplored. This monograph will analyse Benjamin’s journalism both in its own right – as a space of narrative experimentation, theoretical reflection and critical practice – and in its interaction with his theoretical projects, to which it is connected in intricate and often unexpected ways. My study will draw on the new Kritische Gesamtausgabe, which has opened up new insight into Benjamin's working method, and on as yet unpublished material housed in the Benjamin Archive in Berlin. The aim is to move beyond the single-text-based approach which still informs much of Benjamin scholarship in favour of readings which trace the recurrence and evolution of ideas across the different parts of his work. In addition, it will reconstruct the interpersonal and institutional networks which underpinned this work and will look at Benjamin's journalism as an active intervention into the cultural politics of his time.