Patrick Greaney

Project Title

Designing a New Germany: Braun, 1950s Culture, and the Creation of Postfascist Lifestyles

University of Colorado Boulder

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2022–23

Patrick Greaney is professor of German and humanities at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on modern and contemporary literature, art, and design in German-speaking Europe. His current work focuses on design, gender, and sexuality in 1950s West Germany. He received his PhD in comparative literature from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of two monographs, Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin (2008) and Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art (2014), both published by University of Minnesota Press. He also works as a literary translator of Austrian and Swiss literature and has curated exhibitions of contemporary art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Museum of Contemporary Art Boulder. From 2014 to 2020, he edited a literary translation series for Les Figues Press in Los Angeles.

Selected Publications

Quotational Practices

  • Greaney, Patrick, and Sabine Zelger, eds. An Austrian Avant-Garde. Los Angeles: Les Figues Press, 2020.
  • Greaney, Patrick, ed. Conceptualism and Other Fictions: The Collected Writings of Eduardo Costa, 1965-2015. Los Angeles: Les Figues Press, 2016.
  • Greaney, Patrick. Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
  • Heimrad Bäcker. Transcript. Edited by Friedrich Achleitner. Translated by Patrick Greaney, and Vincent Kling. Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2010.
  • Greaney, Patrick. Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.