Hanjo Berressem

Hanjo Berressem teaches American Literature and culture at the University of Cologne. He is the author of Pynchon's Poetics: Interfacing Theory and Text and Lines of Desire: Reading Gombrowicz's Fiction with Lacan . His publications revolve around the fields of American literature, poststructuralism, media studies, and literature and science.

… without shame or concern for etymology: 11 September in Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge

2014-08-03

In “…without shame of concern for etymology,” Hanjo Berressem discusses Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge in the context post-9/11 fiction. In contrast to narratives of posttraumatic melancholy, Berressem argues that Bleeding Edge is a “Jeremiad about the fall and the sins of America.” The result is an essay that makes a powerful case for Pynchon as a prophetic, if brutal, witness to American society turning towards security and control in the shadow of tragedy.

'Is it Possible Not to Love Žižek?' on Slavoj Žižek's Missed Encounter with Deleuze

2005-12-18

Hanjo Berressem provides both fast-forward and slow-motion readings of Slavoj Žižek’s Organs without Bodies: On Deleuze and Consequences.