Anthony Curtis Adler is professor of Comparative Literature at Yonsei’s Underwood International College in South Korea, where he has taught since 2006. He is the author of Celebricities: Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life (Fordham: 2016), a critical edition of Fichte’s The Closed Commercial State, and a short book titled The Afterlife of Genre: Remnants of the Trauerspiel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also published numerous articles, in such journals as Continental Philosophy ReviewAngelakiCultural CritiqueDiacritics, and Seminar. He is currently working on a book on Friedrich Hoelderlin’s Hyperion.


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2005, German Literature and Critical Thought.

Fulbright Fellow, Albert-Ludwigs Universität (Freiburg, Germany), 1994-1995, Philosophy.

A.B., Princeton University, 1994, Cum Laude in Religion.


Other Publications


1. Celebricities: Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget-Commodity-Life. Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press, 2016. (Subject of an online symposium on syndicate.network, organized by Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz and featuring essays by Hannah Markley, Adam Kotsko, Monique Rooney, Jan Mieszkowski and Ronald Mendoza-de Jesus)

2.  The Afterlife of Genre: Remnants of the ‘Trauerspiel’ in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 2013.

3. Fichte, Johann Gottlieb, The Closed Commercial State: Translation and Interpretive Essay. Tr. and ed. Anthony Adler. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2012.


4. “Unspeakable Trash: Heidegger, Philip K. Dick, and the Philosophy of Horror.” In Contemporary Debates in Negative Theology and Philosophy. Eds. Nahum Brown and J. Aaron Simmons. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. (Forthcoming)

5. “The Biopolitics of Noise: Kafka’s Der Bau.” In Thresholds of Listening: Sound, Technics, Space. Ed. Sander von Maas. Bronx, NY: Fordham, 2015.

6. “Sensual Idealism: the Spirit of Epicurus and the Politics of Finitude in Kant and Hölderlin.” In Epicurean Movements. Ed. Brooke Holmes and Wilson Shearin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

7. “Analog in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Audiophilia, Semi-Aura, and the Cultural Memory of the Phonograph.” In Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature Through Cinema and Cyberspace. Ed. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth. Bronx, NY: Fordham, 2012.


8. “Deconfabulation: Agamben’s Italian Categories and the Impossibility of Experience.” Diacritics 43.3 (2015).

9. “A Friendship of Words: Philology and Prophesy in Hölderlin’s ‘Rousseau.'” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 51.3 (2015).

10. “Managing the Unmanageable: Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory and the Dance of Political Economy.” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. 40.2 (2014): 149-174.

11. “Fractured Life and the Ambiguity of Historical Time: Biopolitics in Agamben and Arendt.” Cultural Critique. 86 (2014): 1-30.

12. “The Abject Life of Things: H.C. Andersen’s Sentimentality.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 17.1 (2012): 115-130.

13. “The Intermedial Gesture: Agamben and Kommerell.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 12.3 (2007): 57-64.

14. “The Practical Absolute: Fichte’s Hidden Poetics.” Continental Philosophy Review 40.4 (2007): 407-433


15. “Goethes Welten – Weltlichkeit und Weltliteratur in den Wahlverwandtschaften.” Zeitschrift der koreanischen Gesellschaft für Germanistik 128 (2013): 115-137.

16. “Hölderlin’s ‘Mnemosyne’. Philology, Literary Nationalism, and the Myth of the Monolingual.” Journal of the Korean Comparative Literature Association 60 (2013): 281-302.

17. “The Choreographic Writing of the Law in Plato’s Nomoi.” Journal of the Criticism and Theory Society of Korea 15.2 (2010): 231-263.

18. “Goethe’s Asses: Wilhelm Meister’s Apuleian Theology of Curiosity and the Prospect of a World Literature.” Journal of the Korean Comparative Literature Association 52 (2010): 235-254.

19. “Dienst, Schrift, und Bewegung in Jakob von Gunten: Robert Walsers choreographische Metapolitik.” Zeitschrift der koreanischen Gesellschaft für Germanistik 110 (2009): 85-107.

20. “The other Lilliput: Commodity-Life and the Discontinuous Space of Television.” Situations 3 (2009)

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