College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ari Linden

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2077
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594

Professor Linden received his PhD in German Studies from Cornell University in 2013, having spent one year of his graduate training at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2009–10). His teaching focuses on the intersections of twentieth-century German and Austrian literature, film, philosophy, and literary theory.

He is currently working on his first monograph, which will assess the aesthetic and political stakes of German-language satire in the twentieth century, primarily through the work of the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus. He has published articles on Kraus, Franz Kafka, and Walter Benjamin, and his scholarly interests further include the trajectory of German-Jewish modernity beginning in the nineteenth century.



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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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