Carl Findley III, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Literature

I work at the intersection of comparative literature, philosophy, and religion. My scholarship explores the labile borders that ideas traverse, probing diverse literary traditions and the translation of theoretical forms into avant-garde literary practices. I examine the religious and philosophical underpinnings of literature, the relationship between ancient and modern texts, and the aesthetic and ethical consequences that result from the collapse of intellectual practices, religious paradigms, and gendered realities in German, Austrian, Russian, and American novels.


  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago
  • M.A., The University of Chicago
  • B.A., Bowdoin College

Courses Taught

  • Literature and Culture, LIT 2000
  • World Literature, LIT 3050

Experience in Field

  • Senior Lecturer, Mercer University
  • Instructor, The University of Chicago

Professional and Community Involvement


  • Modern Language Association
  • International Comparative Literature Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Austrian Studies Association
  • European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies

Awards and Honors


  • College of Liberal Arts Honorarium, Mercer University (2012; 2014; 2016).
  • Doolittle-Harrison Fellowship, The University of Chicago (2011).
  • John & Evelyn Nef Lecture Grant, The University of Chicago (2011).
  • Karen Dinal Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • The University of Chicago (2010).
  • Austrian Cultural Forum New York & Modern Austrian Literature Grant
  • (2010). 
  • John & Evelyn Nef Lecture Grant, The University of Chicago (2010). 
  • The University of Chicago Nef Research Fellowship, Berlin, Germany (2006-2007).
  • Scholarship, The Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago (2000).
  • High Departmental Honors for Senior Honor’s Thesis on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s
  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1999).
  • James Bowdoin Scholar & James Bowdoin Book Award (1996-1999).
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1998). 

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


Edited Books

  • Innocence Uncovered: Literary and Theological Perspectives. Eds. Carl E. Findley III and Beth Dodd. London: Routledge, 2017. 


  • “Ancient Innocence: A Lost Tradition.” Introduction to Innocence Uncovered: Literary and Theological Perspectives. Eds. Carl E. Findley III and Beth Dodd. London: Routledge, 2017. 
  • “Imaginative Innocence & Conscious Utopia in Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities” in Innocence Uncovered: Literary and Theological Perspectives. Eds. Carl E. Findley III and Beth Dodd. London: Routledge, 2017. 
  • “In the Land of Nod: Alienation and Artistry in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot.” Brown Slavic Contributions, Vol. XIV: Estrangement. Providence: Brown University, 2013. pp. 31-40.
  • “Hermaphroditism, Liminal Eroticism and the Classical Influence in Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften.” Modern Austrian Literature Vol. 44. No. 3-4 (2011), pp. 33-53.

Book Reviews:

  • Elfriede Czurda, Diotima or The Happiness Gap and Nausicaa’s Lucid Dream. Translated by Kathleen Thorpe. Ariadne Press, 2018. 108 pp. Forthcoming in The Journal of Austrian Studies (2020). Co-authored with Jennifer R. Findley Esq.
  • Anna O’ Driscoll, Constructions of Melancholy in Contemporary German and Austrian Literature. Bern: Peter Lang, 2013. 253 pp. Journal of Austrian Studies Vol. 49 No. 1-2 (2016).
  • Changing Addresses: A Collection of Contemporary Austrian Writing. Eds. Johann Holzner & Alois Hotschnig. UNO Press, 2012. 167 pp. Journal of Austrian Studies Vol. 46 No. 3 (2013).
  • Robert Menasse, Anyone Can Say “I:” Tales from the End of the Post-war Era. Translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen. Ariadne, 2011. 170 pp. Journal of Austrian Studies Vol. 46 No. 1 (2013).