Susan Bernstein Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of German Studies

Susan Bernstein works in German, French and English and American literature of the 18th-20th centuries. She has particular interests in literary theory, literature and the arts, Romanticism, philosophy and poetry. Bernstein received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, her B.A. from Yale and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. She has published articles on Nietzsche, Kant, Heine, Shelley and others; her book Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century: Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire was published by Stanford University Press in 1998. She is also the author of Housing Problems: Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freud and Heidegger , also published by Stanford in 2008. She began teaching at Brown in 1989.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

"The Gift of Metaphor." differences 16, no. 3 (fall 2005): 76-87.

"Heine's Harzreise." in A New History of German Literature. Ed. David Wellbery. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 2005.

"On Music Framed: the Eolian Harp in Romantic Writing," in: ed. Phyllis Weliver, Nineteenth-Century Poetry and the Significance of Music, Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Series, gen. ed. Bennett Zon. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.

"It Walks: the Ambulatory Uncanny." MLN 118, no. 5 (December 2003): 1111-1139

"Q - or, Heine's Romanticism." Studies in Romanticism 42, no. 3 (fall 2003): 369-391.

Susannah Young-Ah Gottlieb, Regions of Sorrow: Anxiety and Messianism in Hannah Arendt and W.H. Auden. MLN 118, no. 5 (December 2003): 1317-1323.

"(Re)Viewing Stupidity, by Avital Ronell." Review Article. differences 13, no. 3 (fall 2002): 143-160.

"Goethe's Architectonic: Bildung and Buildings in Classical Weimar." MLN, December 1999.

Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century - Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire. Stanford, Ca.: Stanford University Press, 1998

"Imagine (Kant)." Germanic Review 72, no. 2 (Spring 1997): 108-118.

"In Formel: 'Wagner und Liszt.'" New German Critique 69 (Fall 1996): 85-97.

"Re-re-re-reading Jena." MLN, 110 (1995): 834-855.

"Journalism and German Identity: Communiqués from Heine, Wagner and Adorno." New German Critique 66 (Fall 1995): 65-93.

Thomas Schestag, Parerga and para-. MLN 109.3. (April 1994): 567-573.

"Fear of Music? Nietzsche's Double Vision of the 'Musical-Feminine.'" Nietzsche and the Feminine. Ed. Peter Burgard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1994. 104-132

"Wagner and Heine: Geographical Margins of the Musical German Heimat." MLA Annual Convention, 1992.

Translation: Werner Hamacher, "Lectio - De Man's Imperative." In Reading De Man Reading. Ed. Wlad Godzich and Lindsay Waters. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989. 171-201.

Translation: Odo Marquard, "Indicted and Exonerated Man in 18th Century Philosophy." Farewell to Matters of Principle: Philosophical Studies. Ed. Vincent Descombes and Josué Harari. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Translation: Klossowski, Pierre. "Between Marx and Fourier." In On Walter Benjamin - Critical Essays and Recollections. Ed. Gary Smith. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1988. 367-370.

Béatrice Didier, La Musique des Lumières. MLN 101.4 (1986): 959-965.

research overview

Susan Bernstein works in German, French, and English and American literature of the 18th through 20th centuries. She has particular interests in literary theory, literature and the arts (specifically music and architecture), Romanticism, philosophy, and poetry.

research statement

Susan Bernstein's interests extend to the history of literary theory and western aesthetics, lyric poetry in the European tradition, the Bildungsroman, Romanticism, phenomenology and poetry, and individual topics such as the uncanny, irony, and Romantic genre theory. Her book, Virtuosity of the 19th Century: Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire , examines the reflexive relationship between performance of music and language. She is also the author of a second book, Housing Problems: Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freud, and Heidegger , published in 2008.

funded research

Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, spring 2005 ($10,000)

Wriston Course Development Grant, summer 2003 ($1,500)

Wayland Collegium Grant, course development, summer 2003 ($2,000)

Salomon Research Award, Brown University, 1998 ($15,000)

Small Grants Fund Award, Brown University (to support summer research in Germany), 1997, 1998 ($2,000)

Wayland Collegium Grant (with Karen Newman), 1994 ($2,500)

Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship, 1994 (one semester paid leave)

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (stipend for research in Germany), 1993 ($3,000)