Email: florian.fuchs@fu-berlin.de
Twitter: @FuchsFlrn / Bluesky @fuchsflrn.bsky.social

released in May 2023 (US) and July 2023 (EU) :

Florian Fuchs, Civic Storytelling: The Rise of Short Forms and the Agency of Literature, 320 pages, Zone Books, New York

This book recalibrates literature’s political role for the 21st century by excavating the deep history of storytelling as a civic agency. From Aristotle to Arendt and from the novella to the video story, short narrative forms hence become tangible as active vectors that enable and radically modulate the ontology of human encounters.

Reviews: Brian Dillon at 4 Columns, May 2023; Thomas Pavel at Critical Inquiry, October 2023; Ian Ellison at Times Literary Supplement, December 2023

My primary fields of research are comparative literature, media studies, art history, and environmental humanities. I work on material from the 16th to the 21st century.

In my current project, I am writing an Archaeology of the Personal Device (badges, devices, Leibsprüche, imprese, talismans…). The project is an investigation of the set of practices enmeshing texts, objects, and the private self during the emergence of personhood in the early modern period.

I also work on a project entitled Theory Films: The Visual Afterlife of Theoretical Discursivity. In it, I study the use of moving images and videography as a theoretical medium, reflecting a shift since the 1960s from textual culture to visual culture in film works by Laura Mulvey, Trinh Minh-ha, Harun Farocki, and others.

I completed my PhD in 2017 at Yale University with distinction and spent the year 2013-2014 with a Mellon Fellowship in the “Technologies of Knowledge” program for the integrated humanities. 2017-18 I was a Lector of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, and 2018-21 a Postdoc in German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. From 2021-22 I was a Junior Fellow at the Dahlem Humanities Center at Freie Universität Berlin and from April to October 2022 an International Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen, Germany.

Since October 2022, I am a Research Postdoc in the DFG-funded EXC 2020 “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” at Freie Universität Berlin, where I also teach at the Peter Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature.


Published in 2020:
Hans Blumenberg, History, Metaphors, Fables. A Hans Blumenberg Reader, edited, translated, and with an introduction by Hannes Bajohr, Florian Fuchs, and Joe Paul Kroll, 624 pages, Cornell University Press

see Table of Contents

Reviews: Bruce Krajeweski at Critical Inquiry; Robert Pippin at Philosophical Quarterly; Marina Marren at Phenomenological Reviews; Jake Fraser at Germanic Review; Audrey Borowski at Times Literary Supplement; Marcos Guntin at Contributions to the History of Concepts

We were interviewed by the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog (& Part II)