Eric Downing

Professor of German, English and Comparative Literature; Adjunct Professor of Classics

Eric Downing's research in German literature concentrates primarily on narrative fiction from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries with particular emphasis in his most recent monograph (After Images: Photography, Archaeology, and Psychoanalysis [Wayne State University Press, 2006]) on questions of Bildung and subject formation. He is also the author of numerous articles on classical literary theory, Greek drama, Roman elegy, and ancient/modern relations. He has edited several volumes on such topics as visual evidence, Walter Benjamin, and reading. He is just completing a book-length study about "magic reading." 

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley
Office Location: 
Dey Hall 436

Home Institution: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Modernism
  • Realism
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Twentieth Century
  • Aesthetics
  • Ancient-Modern Relations
  • Literary and Critical Theory, Philosophy and Literature
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