Paul Eisenstein

Paul Eisenstein



Towers Hall 227

Department of English


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

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • The Novel Since 1945
  • Critical Theory
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Cinema: History & Criticism
  • Publications

  • Rupture:  On the Emergence of the Political (with Todd McGowan). Northwestern University Press, 2012 (
  • Traumatic Encounters: Holocaust Representation and the Hegelian Subject (State University of New York Press, 2003). (
  • "The Sovereign Signifier:  Agamben and the Nonhuman." Lacan and the Nonhuman. Eds. Gautam Basu Thankar and Jonathan Dickstein.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 135-153.
  • "Toward 'What Bleeds or Trembles': Reflections on Bergman’s Wild Strawberries." American Imago. 72.2 (Summer 2016): 229-234.
  • "The Summons of Freedom:  Fantastic History in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated." Fantastic Modalities in Holocaust Literature and Film. Eds. John Edgar Browning and Judith Kerman. McFarland, 2015. 82-101.
  • "Devouring Holes: Darren Aronosfky's Requiem for a Dream and the Tectonics of Psychoanalysis." International Journal of Zizek 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