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Paul Eisenstein , Ph.D.

Dean of Arts and Sciences
Department of

p/ 614.823.1609
e/ PEisenstein@otterbein.edu
Office: Towers Hall 333


  • Ohio State University, Ph.D., 1996
  • Ohio State University, M.A., 1991
  • Ohio State University, B.A., 1989

Research & Teaching Interests

  • The Novel Since 1945
  • Critical Theory
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Cinema: History & Criticism
Specializations:  Holocaust literatures, the novel since 1945, Literary & Critical Theory (especially psychoanalysis), Film Studies.

Scholarship: My research has centered on the relationship between literature, film and traumatic events, and on the way philosophy, literature, and film can help us to understand politics, ethics, and our hopes for human solidarity.  My published work includes Traumatic Encounters: Holocaust Representation and the Hegelian Subject (State University of New York Press, 2003), and essays that have appeared in German Quarterly, History and Memory, and LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory. My latest project is a co-authored book manuscript on theories of the political in contemporary philosophy, literature, and film.  Also in progress: essays on the use of the fantastic in Holocaust literature and essays on the films of Darren Aronofsky and P.T. Anderson.

Recent or new topical courses:  Psychoanalytic Theory, The Holocaust and the 20th Century, Conspiracy Theories, Film Noir & David Lynch

Senior project interests:  Anything strange or experimental in its form; anything having to do with power, desire, history, memory, loss, or joy.  20th and 21st century literatures.  Movements or directors in past or present film. Screenplays.


  • "Traumatic Encounters:  Holocaust Representation and the Hegelian Subject" (State University of New York Press, 2003).
  • "Ambivalent Kabbalah:  Myla Goldberg's Bee Season and the Vicissitudes of Jewish Mysticism." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 11.2 (Spring 2010): 24-37.
  • "Imperfect Masters:  Rabbinic Authority in Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat." The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches. eds. Ranen Omer-Sherman and Samantha Baskin, Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2008. 163-180.
  • "Devouring Holes:  Darren Aronosfky's Requiem for a Dream and the Tectonics of Psychoanalysis." International Journal of Studies 1.3 (Autumn 2007): 1-23
  • "Night and Critical Thinking." Approaches to Teaching Elie Wiesel's Night. Ed. Alan Rosen. New York: Modern Language Association, 2007. 107-114.
  • "On the Ethics of Sanctified Sacrifice: John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany." LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 17.1 (January-March 2006): 1-21

"What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told." ~ André Gide.

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