Daniel W. Pratt
Research Areas: Central and East European culture, narratology, aesthetics, world literature, the novel, dissent
I work on Central and Eastern European culture, specifically Czech, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, and Austrian. I did my undergraduate education at Princeton University, spent two years in the Czech Republic, and then completed my PhD at the University of Chicago. I am a comparativist, broadly interested in the intersection of literature, history, and philosophy. I have written on the meaning of history in Central Europe, dissident punk rock in Czechoslovakia, Socialist World Literature, and the philosophical connections of Gilles Deleuze and Witold Gombrowicz, amongst other topics. I’m currently finishing my book manuscript Against Narrative: Non-Narrative Temporalities in Central Europe, while working on a second book on Bruno Jasieński, socialist world literature, and the pursuit of internationalism.