Evan Parks is a Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities and an Early Career Fellow in the Department of Germanic Languages. Evan’s research focuses on modern German literature and culture, the entanglement of German and Jewish intellectual traditions, and the relationship between literature, philosophy, and other art forms. His work also treats correspondences between modern German and Hebrew literatures.
He is completing a book project that explores how Paul Celan’s poetry interacts with the varied agendas of his philosophical readers, especially Hans-Georg Gadamer, Theodor W. Adorno, and Jacques Derrida. The project treats the tension between Celan’s post-Shoah poetry and its theoretical interpreters as a resource for how to inherit canonical theories eclectically, in a manner attuned to contemporary social realities.
Evan received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from Columbia University and holds a B.A. in European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University. He was a 2020-21 Fellow with the Leo Baeck Institute London and has been a returning faculty member with The Bronfman Fellowship.