Noah Isenberg - Professor of Culture and Media
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    Noah Isenberg

    Professor of Culture and Media

    Office Location:

    Eugene Lang Building


    Having spent a formative period of my youth in Stockholm, Sweden—and a good chunk of my student years and adult life in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna-—my intellectual orientation has been largely tilted toward the orbit of Western and Central European ideas of the twentieth and twenty-first century. In recent years, I have become more intensely focused on the study of film (European and American alike), while my work as a literary and cultural critic has been as varied to include essays and reviews on contemporary German and Austrian literature, Swedish poetry, war photography, Critical Theory, film history, and biography.

    Recent Publications:

      Everybody Comes to Rick’s: How ‘Casablanca’ Taught the World to Love Movies (New York: W.W. Norton, in progress) Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker in Transit (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014) Editor, Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009)  **A 2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title**Detour (London: British Film Institute, 2008) Editor and translator, with a critical introduction, The Face of East European Jewry by Arnold Zweig (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004). Between Redemption and Doom: The Strains of German-Jewish Modernism (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1999; paperback edition 2008).  “February 4, 1930: Menschen am Sonntag Provides a New Model of Cinematic Realism,” in A New History of German Cinema, ed. Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012), 202-207.“This Pen For Hire: Siegfried Kracauer as American Cultural Critic,” in Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer, ed. Gerd Gemünden and Johannes von Moltke (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2012), 29-41. “Tales of Buffalo Billy,” Los Angeles Review of Books, 27 March 2012."Fatih Akin's Cinema of Intersections," Film Quarterly 64:4 (Summer 2011): 53-61."Young People Like Us," booklet essay (liner notes) for The Criterion Collection's DVD release of People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag), 28 June 2011, pp 6-13.  "A Matter of Memory", The Nation, (4 October 2010): 34-36.“Muse on the Rialto” (Rev. of Stephen Barber, Abandoned Images: Film and Film’s End), Times Literary Supplement, 23 June 2010, 18.“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” The Threepenny Review (Summer 2009): 5-7.“Walter Benjamin Forever,” The Nation (3 November 2008): 34-36. “Theory Out of Bounds,” Raritan 27.1 (Summer 2007): 82-103. “Permanent Vacation: Home and Homelessness in the Life and Work of Edgar G. Ulmer,” Caught by Politics: Hitler Exiles and American Visual Culture in the 1930s and 1940s, eds. Sabine Eckmann and Lutz Koepnick (New York: Palgrave, 2007) 175-94. “Fighting the Abyss” (review essay on Peter Weiss, The Aesthetics of Resistance), The Nation (17 October 2005): 38-40. “Dresden Mon Amour,” Bookforum (Summer 2005): 4-8. Reprinted, in Greek translation, in Epikentra (November 2005). “Cinematic Smoke: Notes on a Cultural Icon from Weimar to Hollywood,” Smoke: A Global History of Smoking, eds. Xun Zhou and Sander L. Gilman (London: Reaktion Books, 2004) 248-55. “Lone Ranger” (film review essay on Edgar G. Ulmer’s Ruthless and his centennial), The New Republic Online Edition, 8 September 2004. “Perennial Detour: The Cinema of Edgar G. Ulmer and the Experience of Exile,” Cinema Journal 43.2 (Winter 2004): 3-25.  

    Research Interests:

    German Modernism, Fin-de-siècle Vienna, Exile, Emigrés in Hollywood, Film Noir, Frankfurt School, Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema