Ass. Prof. Erica Weitzman

Literary scholar, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project At the Limit of the Obscene. Realism, Profanation, Aesthetics


Erica Weitzman is Assistant Professor at the Department of German of Northwestern University.

She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2012. Prior to joining the Department of German at Northwestern University, she held positions as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley from 2013–2014, and from 2012–2013 as Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universität Konstanz with the German Research Foundation (DFG) Graduiertenkolleg Das Reale in der Kultur der Moderne. She was also a doctoral fellow in the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Lebensformen und Lebenswissen from 2008–2011.

Website of Erica Weitzman at the Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • German literature, philosophy, and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • aesthetics and poetics
  • theories of the comic
  • realism and naturalism
  • critical theory, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis
  • law and literature
  • fin-de-siècle and World War I
  • literatures of Mitteleuropa and Southeastern Europe



  • Irony’s Antics: Walser, Kafka, Roth and the German Comic Tradition (Northwestern University Press 2015)
  • Suspensionen. Über das Untote (Fink 2015, co-editor and contributing author)
  • “'Was bedeutet der Stein?’: Fetishism, Profanation, and Parody in Fontane’s Grete Minde,” in: Konturen 8 (2015)
  • “Human Fragments: Plastic Surgery and Bare Life in Joseph Roth’s Feuilletons,” in: Journal of Austrian Studies (Winter 2013)
  • “Odradek’s Laughter,” in: Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory (Spring 2012)
  • “Beyond the Legality Principle: Sacher-Masoch’s Economies of ‘Jewish Justice,’” in: Law and Literature (Fall 2011)
  • “Specters of Narrative: Ismail Kadare’s The General of the Dead Army,” in: JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory (Summer 2011)
  • “Almost Necessary: Kafka’s Kantian Situation Comedy,” in: MLN (April 2011).