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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: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00PM-2:00PM; Wednesdays, 8:00AM-9:00AM (Fall 2020). Use the below link to book or email for other times.
Make an appointment: https://kevin-vennemann.appointlet.com/b/kevin-vennemann
Email: kvennema@scrippscollege.edu
Kevin Vennemann

Academic History

PhD, New York University

MA, Freie Universität Berlin

Areas of Expertise

Kevin Vennemann's fields of interest include 19th-century comparative literature, the Avant-Garde, Holocaust studies, critical urban studies, Marx, Benjamin, Lasker-Schüler.

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

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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SELECTED ARTICLES

  • "Arbeit und Selbst im Zeitmeer," in Merkur (February 2020), No. 849.
  • “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).
  • “Seasonal Associate—Labor and Self in an Ocean of Time,” in Heike Geissler, Seasonal Associate (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2018), 222-239.
  • “'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. (on journalist Charlotte Beradt)
  • “Swing Kids,” in Jonas Engelmann, ed., Damaged Goods. 150 Einträge in die Punk-Geschichte (Mainz: Ventil 2016).
  • “1948,” in Neue Rundschau 127/1 (2016). (on visual artists Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence)
  • “1970,” in Metamorphosen 35/5 (2014). (on Israeli architect Aaron Sipol)
  • “1966,” in Edit 21/57 (2012). (on visual artist Eva Hesse)
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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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TRANSLATIONS FROM ENGLISH TO GERMAN

  • Chris Kraus, Aliens und Anorexie (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, forthcoming in 2020).
  • Milton Rokeach, Die drei Christi von Ypsilanti (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, forthcoming in 2020).
  • Donald Richie, Versuch über japanische Ästhetik (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2019).
  • Franco Berardi, Die Seele bei der Arbeit (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 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: Art & Politics of 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
  • German 108: Pop & Protest
  • GRMT 102: Poetry of the Revolution: Art & Politics of the Manifesto