Patrick Greaney
Professor • Chair
German Program
Office: McKenna 131

Patrick Greaney’s teaching and research focus on 20th and 21st-century literature, as well as on critical theory and modern and contemporary art. He is the author of two books: Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin and Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art, both published by University of Minnesota Press. His recent scholarly articles have focused on Michel Foucault, Luis Camnitzer, Eduardo Costa, Robert Fitterman, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Vanessa Place. He also works as a curator and literary translator, and he edits a literary translation series for Les Figues Press in Los Angeles. Prof. Greaney received a BA in comparative literature from Yale University and an MA in German Studies and a PhD in comparative literature from Johns Hopkins University.


Prof. Greaney regularly teaches “Dada and Surrealist Literature,” “The Frankfurt School,” and “Inside Nazi Germany.”