Paul Buchholz studied German literature at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Madison before pursuing an ma and PhD in German Studies at Cornell University. He has taught German literature at New York University as assistant professor/faculty fellow and is currently assistant professor of German at Scripps College in Claremont, California. He is currently at work on a monograph entitled Society of Nobodies: The Social Life of Antisocial Speech in German Modernism, which the studies discourses of eccentric, anarchic, and spontaneous sociality in the narrative works of Franz Kafka, Robert Walser, and Thomas Bernhard. His next research project will focus on renderings of planetary catastrophe in German and Austrian prose after 1970.
Jack Davis is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is completing his dissertation on biopolitics and performance in works by Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, and Christoph Schlingensief. He has received grants and fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the University of Wisconsin, and the Mellon Foundation. In addition to this academic work, he has also worked as a translator of scholarly texts and written program notes for the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Thomas Bernhard's The Histrionic. In 2010-2011 he was a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow at the Theater wissenschaftliches Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Ari Linden is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German Studies at Cornell University, where he is currently completing a dissertation entitled "Absolute Satire: Laughter and Repetition in Karl Kraus, Elias Canetti, and Else Lasker-Schüler." His other publications include "Textual Suicide, Divine Violence, and the Unwritten Law in Kafka's 'Inder Strafkolonie'" (Focus on German Studies, 2008) and "The Medusan Glance: Language and Critique in [End Page xiii] the Early Writings of Walter Benjamin" (New German Review, 2011), and he has recently been awarded the gsa Graduate Student Essay Prize for his article "Beyond Repetition: Karl Kraus's 'Absolute Satire,'" forthcoming in German Studies Review (2013). His primary research interests include Austrian modernism, German-Jewish culture, and theories of the comic.
Jakob Norberg is an assistant professor of German at Duke University. He has written on such authors as Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Arcadia), Karl Kraus (Modern Austrian Literature), and Peter Handke (The German Quarterly). His book, entitled Sociability and Its Enemies: German Political Theory after 1945, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.
Anna Souchuk is an assistant professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her PhD at Yale University in 2008 with a dissertation on constructions of place in contemporary Austrian novels. Her study of Elfriede Jelinek's Neid has recently appeared in the new volume "Zeitenwende: Österreichische Literatur seit dem Millennium, 2000-2010." She is further at work on two additional projects: one that considers Josef Haslinger's novel Das Vaterspiel (2000) through the lens of the family novel and another that examines the works of the Austrian writer Linda Stiff and the filmmaker Markus Schleinzer. [End Page xxiv]