Alexander Erik Larsen


Research Focus: Antebellum American Literature, Continental Philosophy, German Literature, Graduate Minor: Screen Cultures

Background: I was born and raised in Utah, but have lived for many years in the Northeast, and Midwest, as well as in Asia. I’m broadly interested in the intersections of philosophy, literature, and science in modernity, with a special focus on theories of life and vitality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.   

Undergraduate Institution: BA, Brandeis University, European Cultural Studies, Minor: Philosophy. Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Master of Arts Institution: Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University

Current Teaching: Literature 20600: Monstrous Modernities, The Monster in Modern American and European Literature and Film

Current Projects:

Editorial Assistant for The Moving Image, journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

Developing workshop for 2014-2015 on topics in new materialism (object oriented ontology, speculative realism, posthumanism).

Grants: (special projects and summer):

Professional Development Grant, University of Notre Dame Graduate School, for participation in the International Deleuze Studies Conference, July 2013.

Graduate Initiative Grant by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (Notre Dame), for participation in Kafka Society of America Roundtable, MLA Convention, Seattle, 2012.

Graduate Professional Development Grant from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. Funding provided for participation in Levinas Studies Conference. Toulouse, France, 2010.

Summer Language Abroad Grant from the Society for the Study of Language and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2010. Funding supported summer German language study in Vienna, Austria.


-“Parables of Exposure: The Il y a and Ethics in Kafka, Levinas, and Blanchot.” Levinas Studies 5 (2010). Published by Duquesne University Press. 151-166.

-Co-translation (with Kirsten Leuschner) from German of Hans Dieter-Bahr’s “Bringing and Positioning: Ways of Technology?—Approaching Heidegger’s Thought on Technology.” In Printed Physics: Applied VirtualityMetalithikum I. Ed. Vera Buhlmann and Ludger Hovestadt. Vienna: Springer-Verlag, 2013. 211-32.   


Contact information:

PhD in Literature Program
323 O'Shaughnessy Hall

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-5639