Professor C Duttlinger

Carolin Duttlinger, M.A. (M.Phil., Ph.D. Cambridge )
Associate Professor in German, Fellow of Wadham College


International conference: Weimar Photography: Seriality, Sequentiality, Narrativity
(25-26 March, Wadham College Oxford)
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Carolin Duttlinger’s main research interests are in the field of twentieth and twenty-first-century German literature, thought and culture. She has worked on such areas as the relationship between literature and photography, the history and theory of perception, literature and memory, the Frankfurt School, and literature and anthropology. Her current book project is a study of attentiveness and distraction in modern German culture.

Carolin Duttlinger has been a member of the Oxford-Princeton Research Project on Walter Benjamin, ‘Benjamin Encounters’. She is a co-director of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre.


German language and literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, in particular modernist and contemporary literature.



Editor, with Dora Osborne, Franz Kafkas “Betrachtung”: Neue Lektüren, Rombach Litterae (Freiburg i. Br.: Rombach, 2014)

The Cambridge Introduction to Franz Kafka (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) 


Editor, with Ben Morgan and Anthony Phelan, Walter Benjamins anthopologisches Denken, Rombach Litterae (Freiburg i. Br.: Rombach, 2012)

Editor, with Johannes Birgfeld, Curiosity in German Literature and Culture from 1700 to the Present, Oxford German Studies, 38 (2009)

Kafka and Photography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) Interview with the author (film)

Editor, with Lucia Ruprecht, Andrew Webber, Performance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies (Oxford, Lang, 2003)


‘Die ersten und die letzten Dinge: Kafkas Betrachtung im Kontext des Gesamtwerks’, in: Carolin Duttlinger with Dora Osborne (eds), Franz Kafkas “Betrachtung”: Neue Lektüren, Rombach Litterae (Freiburg i. Br.: Rombach, forthcoming 2014)

‘Schlaflosigkeit: Kafkas Schloss zwischen Müdigkeit und Wachen’, in: ‘Schloss’-Topographien: Lektüren zu Kafkas Romanfragment, ed. Malte Kleinwort and Joseph Vogl (Bielefeld: transcript, 2013), 219-43

‘Traumatic Photographs: Remembrance and the Technical Media in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz’, in: W. G. Sebald: Neue Wege der Forschung, ed. Yahye Elsage, Oliver Lubrich, Lucia Liechti (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2012)


‘Sebald, Austerlitz’, in Landmarks in the German Novel, vol.2, ed. Peter Hutchinson and Michael Minden (Berne: Lang, 2010), 111-27

‘Studium, Aufmerksamkeit, Gebet: Walter Benjamin und die Kontemplation’, in: Profanes Leben: Walter Benjamins Poetik der Säkularisierung, ed. Daniel Weidner (Framkfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp Wissenschaft, 2010), 95-119

‘Kafkas Poetik der Aufmerksamkeit von Betrachtung bis Der Bau’, in: Kafka und die kleine Prosa der Modern/Kafka and Short Modernist Prose, ed. Manfred Engel and Ritchie Robertson (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2010),  

’ “A Wrong Turn of the Wheel”: Sebald’s Travel of (In)Attention, in: ‘The Undiscover’d Country: W. G. Sebald and the Poetics of Travel, ed. Markus Zisselberger (Rochester: Camden House, 2010), 92-120

‘W. G. Sebald: The Pleasure and Pain of Beauty’, German Life and Letters, 62 (2009), 327-42

‘The Ethics of Curiosity: Ruth Klüger, weiter leben, in: Curiosity in German Literature and Culture from 1700 to the Present, ed. Carolin Duttlinger and Johannes Birgfeld, Oxford German Studies, 38 (2009), 218-32

‘Benjamin’s Literary History of Attention: Between Reception and Production’, Paragraph, special issue on Walter Benjamin, ed. Andrew Webber, 32:3 (2009), 273-91

‘Muttersprache — Vatersprache: Elias Canettis Familiengeschichte(n) im Zeitalter Freuds’, in: Familie und Identität in der deutschen Literatur, ed. Thomas Martinec and Claudia Nitschke, Regensburger Beiträge zur deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (Frankfurt/Main: Lang, 2009), 197-217

‘Film und Photographie’, in Kafka-Handbuch. Leben — Werk — Wirkung, ed. Manfred Engel and Bernd Auerochs (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2010), 72-9

‘ “Den visionären Blick habe ich nur bei Blitzlicht”: Franz Kafka und die Fotografie’,, 7 (2008), Article Weblink

‘Walter Benjamin: The Aura of Photography’, Poetics Today, 29:1 (2008), 79-101

‘Franz Kafka, Der Proceß’, in Landmarks in the German Novel, ed. ed. Peter Hutchinson (Oxford: Lang, 2007), 135-50

‘New Perspectives on Walter Benjamin’, Paragraph, 30:2 (2007), 98-108

‘A lineage of destruction? Rethinking photography in Luftkrieg und Literatur’, in W.G. Sebald and the Writing of History, ed. J. J. Long, Anne Fuchs (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007), 163-77

‘Between Contemplation and Distraction: Configurations of Attention in Walter Benjamin’, German Studies Review, 30 (2007), 33-54

‘Snapshots from the Hereafter: Benjamin, Adorno and the Critic as Photographer’, in In(ter)discipline: New Languages for Criticism, ed. ed. Gillian Beer, Malcolm Bowie, Beate Perrey (Oxford: Legenda, 2007), 162-73

‘Mörike’s Fossils: The Poetics of Palaeontology’, Oxford German Studies, 36 (2007), 60-75,  Article Weblink

‘Snapshots of History: Franz Kafka’s “Blumfeld ein älterer Junggeselle” and the First World War’, Modern Austrian Literature, 39 (2006), 29-43

‘‘Modernismus’, ‘Realismus’, ‘Symbolismus’, ‘Moderne/Modern’’, in Lexikon Ästhetik, ed. Achim Trebeß (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2006)

‘Visions of the New World: Photography in Kafka’s Der Verschollene’, German Life and Letters, 59 (2006), 423-45,  Article Weblink

‘Madness and Method: Freud, Paranoia and the Performativity of the Cure’, in Field Studies: German Language, Media and Culture, ed. Holger Briel, Carol Fehringer, CUTG Proceedings 5 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005), 157-75

‘“Grobkörnige Mnemosyne”: Picturing the First World War in the Poetry of Thomas Kling’, Oxford German Studies, 34 (2005), 103-19,  Article Weblink

‘Traumatic Photographs: Remembrance and the Technical Media in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz’, in W.G. Sebald: A Critical Companion, ed. J.J. Long and Anne Whitehead (Edinburgh/Edinburgh University Press, 2004), 155-71

‘“Die Ruhe des Blickes”: Kafka, Brod, Benjamin and the Kaiserpanorama’, in Science, Technology and the German Cultural Imagination, ed. Christian Emden, David Midgley (Oxford: Lang, 2004), 231-55

With Lucia Ruprecht, ‘Introduction’, in Performance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies, ed. Carolin Duttlinger, Lucia Ruprecht, Andrew Webber (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003), 9-19

‘Traumatic Metamorphoses: The Concept of the Animal in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialektik der Aufklärung’, Focus on German Studies, 10 (2003), 66-83

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