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Thorsten Carstensen

Campus Address: CA502G
Phone: (317)278-6349
Email: tcarsten@iupui.edu
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Assistant Professor of German


Ph.D German Literature, New York University 2012; M.A. German Literature, History, and English, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg 2006; Visiting Graduate Student in German Department, University of Michigan 2003-2004


Thorsten Carstensen received his PhD from New York University. In his research, he focuses on 20th-century German and Austrian literature. His first book, "Romanisches Erzählen: Peter Handke und die epische Tradition," was published with Wallstein Verlag in 2013. He is also the co-editor of the first unabridged English translation of Hans Fallada's novel "Wolf Among Wolves." Other publications include journal articles on Handke, Thomas Bernhard, Ernst Jünger, and Hermann Broch. Together with Marcel Schmid, he is co-editing a volume on literature and the life reform movements around 1900 (to be published with Transcript in May 2016). His current research explores the many connections between literature and architecture since 1870.

Academic Interests

19th- and 20th-century German Literature; Literature and Architecture; German Film, Exile and Literature, Travel Literature


Spring 2016: G410 No Place Like Home: The Concept of Heimat in 20th-Century German Literature G204 Intermediate German II


Shipps Faculty Award (IUPUI), 2015, 2014 School of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant, Indiana University (IUPUI), 2015, 2013 Arts and Humanities Internal Grant, Indiana University (IUPUI), 2013 New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowship, Indiana University, 2013 Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, New York University (2012, declined) GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowship, New York University (2009) GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowship, New York University (2008) Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University (2007 - 2012) Max Kade Fellowship, University of Michigan (2003/2004) Fulbright Scholarship, University of Michigan (2003/2004)


“Keine Spuren hinterlassen. Bauen, Wohnen und Erben bei Thomas Bernhard,” in: Jahrbuch Gegenwartsliteratur, 13 (2014); Romanisches Erzählen. Peter Handke und die epische Tradition, Göttingen: Wallstein, 2013; "Der Welt nachlauschen. Peter Handkes Poetik des Hörens", in: Entwürfe. Zeitschrift für Literatur, 67 (2011); "Herr Seiner Zeit. Peter Handkes Don Juan und das heilsame Abenteuer des Erzählens", in: Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philolologie, 02/2009; “Zwischen Rekonstruktion und Dekonstruktion. Hermann Brochs Roman Die Schlafwandler am Ausgang der Moderne,“ in: Seminar – A Journal of German Studies, Februar 2010; "Shattering the Word-Mirror in Elizabeth Costello: J.M. Coetzee's Deconstructive Experiment", in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, March 2007. Hans Fallada, Wolf Among Wolves. Afterword and partial translation. New York: Melville House, 2010. He has also published book reviews in journals such as Monatshefte and Journal for Austrian Literature.


Faculty Advisor to the German Club, 2012-2015 Agenda Council, SLA. 2015-present Undergraduate Standards and Curriculum Committee, SLA, 2015-present Research Advisory Committee, SLA, 2015-present

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