Dr Peter Zusi
Lecturer in Czech with Slovak Literature
I grew up in New York City. I studied literature at Yale (BA) and
comparative literature and social thought at the University of Chicago
(MA, PhD), where my original interest in German literature rapidly
expanded to include Czech literature in particular and central European
literature in general. My doctoral dissertation examined intellectual
and ideological functions of the notion of "historicism" in Czech and
German avant-gardes in the interwar period. After defending my
dissertation I taught for several years in the Slavic department at
My interests range across modern Czech and German literature and culture, theory of modernism and the avant-garde, and the relation between literature and the visual arts, particularly architecture. I have a particular interest in points of contact and conflict between Czech and German culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am co-editor of the journal Central Europe.
I teach courses on Czech literature from the eighteenth century to the present and contribute to team-taught courses on central and east European literature and cinema. I also teach several literature courses with a comparative, thematically organized scope. I supervise PhD dissertations on Czech and central European literature and culture.
|PhD, University of Chicago, Doctor of Philosophy – Comparative Literature, 2001|
MA, University of Chicago - Comparative Literature, 1994
BA, Yale University - Literary Studies, 1989