Title

Professor of German

Degree

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Field of Specialty

Modern German Literature and culture; European modernism; comparative literature (esp. comparing literature with other art forms); the novel as form; literature and philosophy.

Contact Information

Shiffman Humanities Center 211
781-736-3218
dowden@brandeis.edu

Steve Dowden

Publications

Steve Dowden and Thomas Quinn, eds. Tragedy and the Tragic and German Literature, Art, and Thought. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015. (forthcoming)

Steve Dowden. "Die Schlafwandler und „das eigentliche Geschäft“ des Romans." Hermann Brochs Gesamtwerk: Neue Studien und Berichte. Ed. Michael Kessler, Paul Michael Lützeler. New York and London: de Gruyter, 2015 (forthcoming)

Steve Dowden. "Nietzsche, Büchner, and the Blues." Tragedy and the Tragic in German Literature, Art, and Thought. Ed. S. Dowden and T. Quinn. Camden House, 2015 (forthcoming)

Stephen Dowden. "Vienna 1913, 'dans le vrai'." Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur 38.2. (2014): 452–468.

Steve Dowden. "Jane Curran’s Contribution to Schiller Studies." Schiller and Verdi: A Study Day in Memory of Jane Curran, University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 2013.

Steve Dowden. "Jewish Tragedy?." ” German Jewish Studies Workshop, Duke University. February 10-12, 2013.

Steve Dowden. "Mandelstam, Celan, and the Tower of Babel." German Studies Association Annual meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. October 4-7, 2012;.

Steve Dowden. "Thomas Bernhard and the Masterpiece Problem." Thomas Bernhard: Zur gesellschaftlichen und politischen Bedeutung der Literatur. Ed. Johann Georg Lughofer. Vienna: Böhlau, 2012. 77-86.

Steve Dowden. "What are Avant-Garde Masterpieces?." Literarische Experimente: Medien, Kunst, Texte seit 1950. Ed. Christoph Zeller. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 57-72.

Stephen Dowden and Meike Werner. "The Place of German Modernism." Oxford Handbook of Modern German History. Ed. Helmut Walser Smith. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 2011. 481-498.

Steve Dowden. "How Viennese is Mahler’s Modernism?." Mahler Our Contemporary,, New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts. December 4, 2011.

Steve Dowden. "The Medusa's Gaze: Büchner, Tolstoy, Kafka." Christian Psychology: The Formation of Souls. Ed. Susan Harris and Daniel Wilbrand. Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island, Canada: St. Peter Publications, 2010. 159-175.

Dowden, Steve. "The Amphibolical Cunning of Thomas Mann's 'Doktor Faustus'." Amphibolie, Ambiguität, Ambivalenz. Ed. Frauke Berndt and Stefan Kammer. Würzburg: Koenigshausen & Neumann, 2009

Dowden, Steve, and Jane V. Curran. "Hans-Ulrich Treichel." Literary Encyclopedia. 2008.

Dowden, Steve. "Metaphor, Illness, and Literature, or: Lunch with Nikolay Stepanovich." Concilium: Internationale Zeitschrift für Theologie 43. 3: AIDS (2007): 75-84.

Dowden, Steve. "untitled." Rev. of Thomas Mann: Der Zauber des Letzten, by Rüdiger Görner. Modern Language Review vol. 101.3 Oct 2007: 309-310.

Dowden, Stephen. "Elfriede Jelinek." Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, pt. 2. vol. 330 Dictionary of Literary Biography New York: Thomson Gale, 2006. 368-384.

Dowden, Steve. "Ethical Style: Sontag in Sarajevo, Jelinek in Vienna." Gegenwartsliteratur: Ein germanistisches Jahrbuch. vol. 5 Ed. Paul Michael Lützeler and Stephan Schindler. Stuttgart: Stauffenberg Verlag, 2006

Dowden, Stephen and Jane V. Curran, ed. COLLOQUIA GERMANICA: A special issue on Hans-Ulrich Treichel. Tübingen: Narr, 38. 2005.

Dowden, Steve. "Robert Musil." The Literary Encyclopedia. 2005.

Dowden,Stephen. "Nietzsche, Benjamin, Treichel and the Demon of Noontide." Colloquia Germanica 38. 1 (2005): 47-63.

Dowden,Steve; Jane Curran. "Ostwestfalen ist ueberall: Gespraech mit Hans-Ulrich Treichel." Colloquia Germanica 37. 3-4 (2005): 302-344.

Dowden, Steve. "The Past Rings out Clearly." Rev. of The Bells in Their Silence: Travels Through Germany, by Michael Gorra. The Boston Globe July 11, 2004

Dowden, Steve. "A Testament Betrayed: Bernhard and his Legacy." A Companion to Thomas Bernhard. Ed. Matthias Konzett. Rochester: Camden House, 2002. 51-70.

Dowden,Stephen, Meike G. Werner. German Literature, Jewish Critics: The Brandeis Symposium. Camden House, 2002.

Dowden,Stephen, ed. Companion to Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain. Columbia SC: Camden House, 1999.

Dowden,Stephen. Kafka's Castle and the Critical Imagination. Columbia SC: Camden House, 1995.

Dowden, Stephen. "Irony and Ethical Autonomy in Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre." Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 68. 1 (1994): 134-154.

Dowden,Stephen. Understanding Thomas Bernhard. University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

Dowden,Stephen, ed. Hermann Broch: Literature, Philosophy, Politics. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1988.

Dowden,Stephen. Sympathy for the Abyss: A Study in the Novel of German Modernism. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1986.

Courses Taught

COML 121b Tragedy and the Tragic
COML 150b Critique of Erotic Reason
ECS 100a European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Modernism
GECS 100a German Literature, Music, and Film
GECS 180b European Modernism and the German Novel
GER 105a Learning Language through Literature/Learning Literature through Language
GER 109b Meisterwerke Deutscher Kurzprosa
GER 121a Der Eros und das Wort: Lyrik, Prosa, Drama
GER 181a Franz Kafka's Erzählungen