Faculty

Kevin Vennemann

Assistant Professor of German
Assistant Director for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities

Department:German Studies
Office Address: Miller 104
Office Phone: (909) 607-2502
Office Hours: W, 1PM-3PM (Fall 2019)
Email: kvennema@scrippscollege.edu

Kevin Vennemann will be on leave during the spring semester.

Kevin Vennemann

Academic History

Ph.D., New York University
M.A., Freie Universität Berlin

Areas of Expertise

Kevin Vennemann's fields of interest include 19th-century comparative literature, Marx, the classical avant-garde, Holocaust studies, art and architectural criticism. His most recent book, Sunset Boulevard. On Filming, Building, and Dying in Los Angeles (published in German in 2012), is an essayistic inquiry into the history of Hollywood cinema and the city of Los Angeles at the intersections of architecture, film, and race politics. His editorial and translation work includes volumes of fiction and non-fiction by Chris Kraus, Mark Greif, Franco Berardi, Milton Rokeach, and Else Lasker-Schüler.

Forthcoming is a book on femininity, labor and exhaustion in the 19th century.

In progress is a book manuscript on the early-modern Western colonial gaze on Japanese architecture and aesthetics.

Selected Research and Publications

1. BOOK PUBLICATIONS:

Die Welt vom Rücken des Kranichs. Thermodynamik und der Verfall einer Familie (under contract, forthcoming in 2020).

Sunset Boulevard. Vom Bauen, Filmen und Sterben in Los Angeles (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2012).

Mara Kogoj (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2007).
Translated to Spanish (Valencia: Pre-Textos, 2012) and Slovenian (Ljubljana: Matija, 2011).

Nahe Jedenew (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2005).
Translated to English (New York: Melville House, 2008), French (Paris: Gallimard, 2008), Spanish (Valencia: Pre-Textos, 2008), Italian (Udine: Forum, 2009), Hebrew (Tel Aviv: Books in the Attic, 2011), Danish (Roskilde: Batzer, 2009), Polish (Wołowiec: Czarne, 2007), Croatian (Zagreb: Novela, 2009), Latvian (Rīga: Dienas Grāmata, 2008).

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2. SELECTED ARTICLES

“Seasonal Associate—Labor and Self in an Ocean of Time,” in Heike Geissler, Seasonal Associate (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2018), 222-239.

“Was man weder hört noch sieht. Donald Richie und die japanische Ästhetik.“ Forthcoming in Donald Richie, Versuch über die japanische Ästhetik (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2018).

“’Now, you think you're still in the bush some damn where?’ Migration und Urbanität in den Filmen der L.A. Rebellion,” in testcard. beiträge zur popgeschichte 24/26 (2018).

“Das Recht ohne Recht: Rosefeldt, Marx und Tzara, Manifeste und Heiligkeit,” in Tomas Sommadossi, ed., Polytheismus der Einbildungskraft. Wechselspiele von Religion und Dichtung von der Aufklärung bis zur Gegenwart (Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2018), 99-120.

“Femina Fabra,” in Edit 26/73 (2017), 6-17.

“Swing Kids,” in Jonas Engelmann, ed., Damaged Goods. 150 Einträge in die Punk-Geschichte (Mainz: Ventil 2016).

“1948,” in Neue Rundschau 127/1 (2016).

“1970,” in Metamorphosen 35/5 (2014).

“1966,” in Edit 21/57 (2012).

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3. EDITED BOOKS

die horen. Zeitschrift für Literatur, Kunst und Kritik. Special Edition: Literarische Orte (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2015). (With Jan Süselbeck, Jörg Schuster).

Mark Greif, Bluescreen. Essays (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011).

Else Lasker-Schüler, IchundIch (Frankfurt: Jüdischer Verlag, 2009). (With Karl-Jürgen Skrodzki).

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4. TRANSLATIONS FROM ENGLISH TO GERMAN

Chris Kraus, Aliens und Anorexie (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, forthcoming in 2021).

Milton Rokeach, Die drei Christi von Ypsilanti (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, forthcoming in 2020).

Donald Richie, Versuch über japanische Ästhetik (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, forthcoming in 2019).

Franco Berardi, Die Seele bei der Arbeit (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, forthcoming in 2019).

Chris Kraus, I Love Dick (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2017).
Paperback edition: Chris Kraus, I Love Dick (Munich: btb Verlag, 2018).

Franco Berardi, Helden (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2016).

Franco Berardi, Der Aufstand. Poesie & Finanzwesen (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2015).

Chris Kraus, Schreib mir! (Berlin: Sukultur, 2013). (With Charlotte Brombach)

Mark Greif, Bluescreen. Essays (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011).

Benjamin Kunkel, Ein Schritt weiter. Die n+1-Anthologie (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2008).

Courses Taught

 

Core 1: Truth
Core 2: Poetry of the Revolution: the Manifesto
Core 3: Building Los Angeles
German 101B: Vienna Modernism
German 103: A History of German Film
German 106: German Art 1810-2010
German 107: Trauma & Guilt: Shoah Memories