Kata Gellen

Assistant Professor of German

Kata Gellen works at the intersection of modernist literature, film studies, and German-Jewish studies. Her research focuses on issues of perception, narrative form, and intermediality. Her first book project, Kafka and Noise: The Discovery of Cinematic Sound in Literary Modernism, employs concepts developed to describe sound in film theory and practice to analyze the many inchoate sounds in Franz Kafka’s writings. Her next project, Eastern Promises? The East European German-Jewish Novel as a Modernist Form, 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 changing status of Jewish identity in 20th-century Europe. She has published articles on Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, Elias Canetti, and other German modernist writers, as well as a series of essays on Weimar Cinema. Further areas of interest include German-Jewish studies and sound studies.

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

Home Institution: Duke University

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