Ian Thomas Fleishman

University of Pennsylvania


Ian Fleishman is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania. In May 2013 he completed his PhD in French and German Literature at Harvard University, having previously studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Sorbonne Nouvelle and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has published articles in German Quarterly, French Studies, The Germanic Review, Mosaic, The Journal of Austrian Studies and elsewhere on subjects ranging from the Baroque to contemporary cinema.

His work focuses largely on sex and violence in order to trace the evolution of narrative form and its underlying epistemological shift from modernism to the postmodern. His first book, An Aesthetics of Injury: The Narrative Wound from Baudelaire to Tarantino, was the 2015 winner of the Northeast Modern Language Association Best Book Award and is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press. Examining representations of the open wound in the works of ten exemplary authors and filmmakers, his monograph exposes injury to be an essential aesthetic principle of twentieth-century narrative.

Next year he will serve as the Academic Director for the Berlin Consortium of German Studies at the Freie Universität.


Francke Foundations at Halle

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“Certainty, Vision: Francke Today”

Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Upcoming Presentations

German Studies Association

“Nietzsche's Pupil: Benjamin's Advocacy of Infancy”

American Comparative Literature Association

"The Queer Wound in Bloom: Stigmata and Gay Male Desire in Jean Genet, Werner Schroeter and Todd Haynes"

Recent Presentations

Modern Language Association

“The Postdramatic Theory of Cixous's Tambours sur la digue: Between Brecht and Artaud”

UPenn Cinema Studies Colloquium

“Played for Real: Violence in Quentin Tarantino”

German Studies Association

“The (Cold) War between Weimar and Hollywood: Fritz Lang's Die 1000 Augen des Dr Mabuse

Pennsylvania State University

“The World Unspoken: Kleist, Kafka, McCarthy”

Curriculum Vitae

You can view and download Ian's curriculum vitae here.



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