Julia Landmann joined NYU’s Department of German in 2020. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Munich (LMU). In 2018, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Her B.A. thesis examined the fragmented form of Heiner Müller’s play “Traktor” as a practice of communauté desouvrée. Her M.A. thesis examined how J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus-Novels decompose authoritative relationships through processes of following in their narrative structure.
Circling around the question of to what extent self-reflective structures in literary forms have transformative potential, Julia’s research focuses on poetics of positioning. She asks how literary forms stage the tension between the indispensability of taking a position and the refusal to essentialize it. She analyzes tactics of position-taking that undergo an experience of othering, such as Simone Weil’s notion of décréation.
Julia works on the transitions between literature and practice / literature and theory with an emphasis on Marxism and poetry, German Romanticism, Critical Theory, Bildung, theories of community of 20th century French philosophy and translation work. In addition to her scholarly projects, she worked as a coordinator for LMU’s Department of Comparative Literature and organized several student workshops.