Ari Linden

Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2076
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Dr. Linden received his BA in History at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005 and his PhD in German Studies from Cornell University in 2013. He began his career as a Visiting Assistant Professor at KU that fall. Since fall 2014, he has been an assistant professor, where he teaches a wide range of classes on modern German culture and language. Dr. Linden is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Karl Kraus and the Critique of Experience, which treats the twentieth-century Austrian playwright, satirist, journalist, and poet Karl Kraus as a significant, though overlooked theorist of modernity and its discontents. The book re-envisions Kraus as an interlocutor of Søren Kierkegaard, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno.


Ph.D., German Studies, Cornell University M.A., German Studies, Cornell University B.A., History, University of California, Berkeley


Dr. Linden teaches courses on German and Austrian literature and culture from 1750 to the present, German film, the literature of exile, European comic literature and film, and German language at the upper intermediate level.


Dr. Linden has published peer-reviewed articles on Walter Benjamin, Karl Kraus, Else Lasker-Schüler, Bertolt Brecht, G.W.F. Hegel, and Leo Strauss. His research interests further include the tradition of modern German Jewish thought and culture, and his next research project will address the concept of exile in the work of major German and German Jewish writers from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture
  • German Jewish thought
  • Comic literature and theories of the comic
  • The Frankfurt School/Critical Theory
  • Hegel

Selected Publications

Linden, Ari. ""Teaching to Interrupt: Satire in Brecht's Arturo Ui and Chaplin's The Great Dictator"." Spec. issue of The Brecht Yearbook (University of Wisconsin, Madison) 41 (December 2017): 23-42.

Linden, Ari. "Thinking Through the Clouds: Comedy in Hegel and Strauss." The German Quarterly (USA) 90.4 (Fall 2017): 423-438.

Linden, Ari. ""'Wo das Ungesetz gesetzlich überwaltet': Karl Kraus's Reading of National Socialism" ["'Where illegality illegally triumphs': Karl Kraus's Reading of National Socialism"]." Ed. Helena Tomko. Oxford German Studies (Oxford, UK) 46.1 (19 May 2017): 75-91.

Linden, Ari. "Staging German-Jewish Exile in Else Lasker-Schüler's IchundIch." Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook (Oxford, UK: Oxford Journals) 60.1 (Dec. 2015): 16 p.

Linden, Ari. "Beyond Repetition: Karl Kraus’s ‘Absolute Satire’." German Studies Review 36.3 (Oct. 2013): 515-536.

Linden, Ari. "Quoting the Language of Nature in Karl Kraus's Satires." The Journal of Austrian Studies 46.1 (Spring 2013): 1-21.

Selected Presentations

Linden, A. . (11/30/2017). From Black Magic to Jargon: Adorno's Dialogue with Kraus. Citing Violence, Inciting Critique: Karl Kraus, 1933. University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Linden, A. . (02/28/2017). Thinking through the Remainder: Negative Dialektik as a Work of German Jewish Thought. 5th Biennial Meeting of the German Jewish Studies Workshop. Notre Dame University

Linden, A. . (10/31/2016). Authorship and Authority in Arendt, Kierkegaard, and Benjamin. 40th Annual German Studies Association Conference. San Diego, CA

Selected Awards & Honors

Hall Center Humanities Research Fellowship
Hall Center for the Humanities

Jewish Studies Program statement in solidarity with protests against police brutality

Beloved community,

As an academic program in the University of Kansas, we stand in solidarity with Black Americans -- including Black Jewish people -- and everyone hurting after the senseless, brutal murder of George Floyd and all people targeted by systemic racism and injustice in our country. We continue to be committed to our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This morning, the Association for Jewish Studies sent out an email reminding us that as scholars of Jewish Studies, we are keenly aware of the devastating impact of discrimination and violence against minority groups. Dr. Cécile Accilien, the Chair of the KU Department of African and African-American studies, shared with us the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The Jewish Studies academic community is rich and diverse – it includes scholars and students who are Jewish and non-Jewish, scholars and students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and from multiple denominations and creeds, people who are immigrants (like myself) and those who are American-born. The Bible commands: צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף tzedek tzedek tirdof, which translates into English as “Only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). In this well-cited verse, the Hebrew word tzedek, or justice, repeats twice. There can be many explanations of the repetition – textual interpretation in all its many forms is a beloved pursuit for many of us. Today, I am going to give you my own interpretation -- though I am sure that it already exists somewhere in the treasury of Jewish exegesis. One tzedek, or justice, you must pursue for yourself and for people like you; that is, perhaps, the justice that is easiest to understand, because we keenly feel injustices committed against ourselves and people like us. The other tzedek is the justice you must pursue for the sake of people who are not like you. It is often a harder lesson, but a necessary one. The justice, or tzedek, which we pursue thus also becomes a gift of chesed, of lovingkindness that enriches all of us.


In solidarity,

Dr. Renee Perelmutter,

Director of the Jewish Studies Program

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