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postwar Germany
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Amir Eshel

Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies
Professor of Comparative Literature


Amir Eshel is Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies. He is Professor of Comparative Literature. His Stanford affiliations include The Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Modern Thought & Literature, and The Europe Center at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also the faculty director of Stanford’s research group on The Contemporary and of the Poetic Media Lab at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). His research focuses on contemporary literature and the arts as they touch on philosophy, specifically on memory, history, political thought, and ethics.

Amir Eshel is the author of Poetic Thinking Today (Stanford University Press, 2019); German translation at Suhrkamp Verlag, 2020). Previous books include Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past (The University of Chicago Press in 2013). The German version of the book, Zukünftigkeit: Die zeitgenössische Literatur und die Vergangenheit, appeared in 2012 with Suhrkamp Verlag. Together with Rachel Seelig, he co-edited The German-Hebrew Dialogue: Studies of Encounter and Exchange (2018). In 2014, he co-edited with Ulrich Baer a book of essays on Hannah Arendt, Hannah Arendt: zwischen den Disziplinen; and also co-edited a book of essays on Barbara Honigmann with Yfaat Weiss, Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge (2013).

Earlier scholarship includes the books Zeit der Zäsur: Jüdische Lyriker im Angesicht der Shoah (1999), and Das Ungesagte Schreiben: Israelische Prosa und das Problem der Palästinensischen Flucht und Vertreibung (2006). Amir Eshel has also published essays on Franz Kafka, Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan, Dani Karavan, Gerhard Richter, W.G. Sebald, Günter Grass, Alexander Kluge, Barbara Honigmann, Durs Grünbein, Dan Pagis, S. Yizhar, and Yoram Kaniyuk.

Amir Eshel’s poetry includes a 2018 book with the artist Gerhard Richter, Zeichnungen/רישומים, a work which brings together 25 drawings by Richter from the clycle 40 Tage and Eshel’s bi-lingual poetry in Hebrew and German. In 2020, Mossad Bialik brings his Hebrew poetry collection בין מדבר למדבר, Between Deserts.

Amir Eshel is a recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt and the Friedrich Ebert foundations and received the Award for Distinguished Teaching from the School of Humanities and Sciences.


1998: Ph.D, University of Hamburg, Germany
1994: M.A., University of Hamburg, Germany


•  Lilla Balint (together with Prof. Russell Berman), Assistant Professor of German, University of California, Berkeley
•  Michele Ricci Bell, Associate Professor of German, Union College, New York
•  Ella Elbaz, Fellow, The Martin Buber Society  of Fellows
•  Amir Engel, Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor), German department, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
•  Nir Evron, Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor), Department of English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University
•  Stacy Hartman (together with Prof. Blakey Vermeule), Project Manager, Connected Academics, Modern Language Association, New York
•  Brian Johnsrud, Education Curriculum Strategy Lead at Adobe
•  Renana Keydar, Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) Faculty of Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.  
•  Naama Rokem, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature & Comparative Literature, University of Chicago