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Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies; Director of the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium & Workshop

Ph.D. University of Chicago


Susannah Gottlieb (B.A. Yale University, Ph.D. University of Chicago) teaches in the areas of twentieth-century literature and thought. Her interests include modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, continental philosophy and political theory, German-Jewish intellectual history, and Asian American literary traditions. She is the author of Regions of Sorrow: Anxiety and Messianism in Hannah Arendt and W.H. Auden(Stanford University Press, 2003) and the editor of Hannah Arendt: Reflections on Literature and Culture (Stanford University Press, 2007). Some of her other recent articles and essays include Two Versions of Voltaire: W. H. Auden and the Dialectic of Enlightenment (PMLA); "Reflection on the Right to Will": Auden’s ‘Canzone’ and Arendt’s Notes on Willing (Comparative Literature); “Seit jener Zeit”:  Hannah Arendt und ihre Literaturkritik (TEXT + KRITIK); “With Conscious Artifice”: Auden’s Defense of Marriage (Diacritics); “Everyone Is Welcome”: Arendt and the Spirit of Non-pomposity (GFPJ); Beyond Tragedy: Arendt, Rogat, and the Judges in Jerusalem (College Literature); Reflections on Ruin (New Formations); “Homing Pidgins: Another Version of Pastoral" (Babel in America, Harvard UP);  and Auden on History (Auden in Context, Cambridge UP). Her current book project is entitled "The Importance of Metaphysics: The Intellectual Heresies of W. H. Auden."

Gottlieb has delivered the Christian Gauss Seminar in Criticism at Princeton University; the Hannah Arendt-Reiner Schürmann Memorial Lecture in Political Philosophy at the New School for Social Research; the Hannah Arendt Lecture at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University; and the Joff Hanauer Lecture at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Seattle. Some of her other recent activities include lectures at the European Society for the Study of English at the University of London; the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at The University of Virginia; and the British Academy at The University of Southampton.

The Poetry & Poetics Colloquium at Northwestern University


American: 20th Century, Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies, Poetry & Poetics, Literary Theory, Asian American Literature, Modern


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