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Assistant Professor of German, Princeton University

John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Spring 2018

Barbara Nagel is an assistant professor of German at Princeton University. She studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and, from 2008 to 2011, was a member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) doctoral group “Forms of Knowledge and the Know How of Living.” In 2012, she completed her PhD at New York University and then worked for two years at the University of Munich, before beginning her position at Princeton, in 2014. Her research focuses on how language functions in relation to violence and on the comical side-effects of this linkage.


Nagel is the author of Der Skandal des Literalen. Barocke Literalisierungen in Gryphius, Kleist, Büchner (Wilhelm Fink, 2012), and the editor of Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction (Fordham, 2015). She has published articles in Weimarer Beiträge, Law and Literature, and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.

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