Paul North

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Professor of Germanic Language and Literature (Chair), Jonathan Edwards Head of College
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511


Professor North’s new book, The Yield: Kafka’s Atheological Reformation comes out in September 2015 from Stanford University Press. In 2015-16 he will teach a graduate seminar on “Nothing,” with readings from Plato to Beckett, a class on political speech that produces laughter rather than conviction—“Satire, Irony, Parody”—and a seminar, “Nietzsche and his Readers.”

Selected recent Academic Awards and Achievements

  • Fellow. Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University.
  • 2012 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication
  • 2011-2012 Morse Fellowship

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  • 2015 Professor of German, Yale
  • 2014-15 Professor of German, Tufts University
  • 2013 Associate Professor of German, Yale
  • 2009 Assistant Professor of German, Yale
  • 2007 Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Department of German, NYU

Latest Books and Co-Edited Volumes and Journals

  • The Yield: Kafka’s Atheological Reformation. Stanford, 2015.
  • Zerstreutheit. Guest editor for 2015 issue of Figurationen. Zürich, Switzerland.
  • Protocols for a New Nature. 2012 issue (published 2015) of The Yearbook of Comparative Literature. Vol 58. Bloomington, IN. Co-edited with Eyal Peretz.
  • Messianic Thought outside Theology. Co-edited with Anna Glazova. Fordham University Press, 2013.
  • The Problem of Distraction. Stanford University Press, 2012.

Latest Article Publications

  • “Castle Logic: Hints in Kafka’s Novel.” in The Cambridge Companion to 1922. Ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014.
  • “Absolute und Relative Diaspora: Borges und Ahad Ha’am.” in Exil – Literatur – Judentum. Ed. Doerte Bischoff. München: Edition text + kritik, 2014.
  • “The Phenomenality of the State.” in The Nation’s Two Bodies. Ed. Oliver Kohns and Martin Doll. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2014.
  •  “What Thinking Feels Like.” The Yearbook of Comparative Literature. Vol. 58, 2013. 
  • “Exile is a Flop: Soma Morgenstern over Central Park.” In Escape to Life: German Exiles in New York. de Gruyter, Spring 2012.

Latest Courses taught

  • “Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption
  • “Faith and Knowledge”
  • “German Theories of History from Benjamin to Kluge”
  • “Theories of Time”
  • “The Logic of Dreams”
  • “Heidegger’s Being and Time
  • “Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History”


PhD Northwestern University, Evanston, IL