Jeffrey S. Librett is Professor of German (Ph.D. Cornell University, 1989, in Comparative Literature), and Head of the Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon. He also directs the interdepartmental German Studies Commitee, and participates in Comparative Literature, Judaic Studies, and Philosophy.
Professor Librett has written The Rhetoric of Cultural Dialogue: Jews and Germans from Moses Mendelssohn to Richard Wagner and Beyond (Stanford University Press, 2000), and published numerous essays on German literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, Jewish Studies, and theory from the eighteenth century to the present.
He has translated a number of texts from German and French into English, including Jean-Luc Nancy's The Sense of the World (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) and Of the Sublime: Presence in Question, by Michel Deguy et al (State University of New York Press, 1993).
His second book, in circulation, is entitled Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew: Groundlessness and Panic in Modern German Thought.