Kata Gellen

Kata Gellen

Associate Professor of German

Kata Gellen’s main research areas are modernist literature, film studies, and German-Jewish studies. Her work focuses on issues of perception, narrative form, and intermediality. Her first book project, Kafka and Noise: The Discovery of Cinematic Sound in Literary Modernism (forthcoming with Northwestern University Press, January 2019) employs ideas about sound in film theory and practice to analyze the many strange noises, voices, and silences in Franz Kafka’s writings. Her next project, The Galicia Novel: The Case for East European German-Jewish Modernism, will argue that a set of works often regarded as nostalgic and backward-looking in fact comprises a highly critical and formally innovative reflection on the possibilities for Jewish existence in 20th-century Europe. She has published articles on Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, Elias Canetti, Robert Musil, and other German modernist writers, as well as a series of essays on Weimar Cinema. Further areas of interest include German-Jewish studies, sound studies, and postwar Austrian literature and film.

  • Ph.D., German, Princeton
Office Phone: 
(919) 660-3168
Office Location: 
116B Old Chemistry

Home Institution: Duke University

  • Music and Sound
  • Jewish Studies
  • Film, Media and Visual Studies
  • Austrian Studies
  • Twentieth Century
  • Modernism
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