Eric Jarosinski received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 after studies in Bonn, Frankfurt, Utrecht, Madison, and Berlin. His dissertation, “The Rhetoric of Transparency in the New Berlin: A Critical Genealogy,” is an interdisciplinary examination of one of the most dominant metaphors in the city’s current political, aesthetic, and rhetorical confrontation with its past: Transparenz. He is currently revising the project for book publication while co-editing a collection on reading and touch, The Hand of the Interpreter, and beginning a new project on the theory of the German radio play, past and present. Jarosinski’s research focuses on literature and thought of the Weimar period, the cultural politics of German fascism, and the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and its intersections with deconstruction and postmodernism. He has published on figures such as Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer, and Vladimir Nabokov.
Past courses at Rutgers University and the University of Rochester included “The New Berlin,” “Architecture and Literature,” “War and Peace in German Literature,” and “Werbung, Konsum und Kultur.” Jarosinski has also been active as a translator, primarily in the fields of psychoanalysis, Jewish studies, and German studies.