Birgit Mara Kaiser


Birgit Mara Kaiser is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. She holds a BA and MA in Sociology from Bielefeld University, Germany and a PhD from the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. In the winter term 2009/2010, she held the interim Chair of Western European Literatures at Viadrina European University, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Her research interests include aesthetics and affect, Deleuzian literary criticism, Derrida, Cixous, Guattari, as well as literature in postcolonial and transnational contexts. Her recent project explores – from these angles – the relational production of subjectivity. Together with Kathrin Thiele, she edited a special issue of Parallax on ‘diffraction’ as a method of reading and an ontology of difference, entitled Diffracted Worlds – Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities (20/3, issue 72, July 2014). Other recent publications include Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville. SUNY Press 2011; (ed., with L. Burns), Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures. Palgrave 2012 and (ed.) Singularity and Transnational Poetics. Routledge 2015.

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