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Jürgen E. Grandt, lic. phil. I, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, English
Phone: 678-717-3484

Office: Nesbitt Academic Building, 4156, Gainesville
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Areas of Expertise: African American Literature and Culture, American Literatures


Jürgen E. Grandt has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in African American Studies and American Studies in both Europe and the United States. At the University of North Georgia, he teaches Freshman Composition, African American literature, as well as early American literature, particularly the American slave narrative. He also serves on the board of reviewers for Papers and Pubs: A Southeastern Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research.

He is the author of two acclaimed critical monographs, Kinds of Blue: The Jazz Aesthetic in African American Narrative (The Ohio State University Press, 2004) and Shaping Words to Fit the Soul: The Southern Ritual Grounds of Afro-Modernism (The Ohio State University Press, 2009), and of numerous articles. His most recent book is Gettin’ Around: Jazz, Script, Transnationalism (University of Georgia Press, 2018), which examines how planetary amplifications of the jazz aesthetic strive, in various ways, toward an imaginative reconfiguration of a humanity that transcends entrenched borders of ethnicity and nationhood, while at the same time remaining keenly aware of the exigencies of history.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 4685 / ENGL 6685, Readings in American Cultures: The Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL 3660 / ENGL 6660, American Romanticism
  • ENGL 2135, African American Literature
  • ENGL 2131, American Literature I
  • ENGL 1102H, Honors English Composition II
  • ENGL 1102, English Composition II
  • ENGL 1101, English Composition I


  • Ph.D., English, University of Georgia, USA, 2000
  • lic. phil. I, English, Universität Zürich, Switzerland, 1993

Research/Special Interests

  • African American Literature and Culture
  • Jazz Studies
  • American Literatures
  • Critical Theory and Transnationalism



Gettin' Around: Jazz, Script, Transnationalism. University of Georgia Press, 2018.

Shaping Words to Fit the Soul: The Southern Ritual Grounds of Afro-Modernism. The Ohio State UP, 2009.

Kinds of Blue: The Jazz Aesthetic in African American Narrative. The Ohio State UP, 2004.

Selected Book Chapters

“‘A song don’t just spring outer nowhere’: Recording Technology and the Invention of Authenticity in Lee Smith’s The Devil’s Dream.” Seeking Home: Marginalization and Representation in Appalachian Literature and Song, edited by Leslie L. Worthington and Jürgen E. Grandt, U of Tennessee P, 2016, 221-46.

"Welcome to Atlanta where the Bluesman Plays: Touring the Dirty South with Blind Willie McTell." America and the Musical Unconscious, edited by Sascha Pöhlmann and Julius Greve, Atropos, 2015, pp. 114-37.

"The Colors of Jazz in the Weimar Republic: Hans Janowitz's Jazz Takes the Coltrane." Jazz in German-Language Literature, edited by Kirsten Krick-Aigner and Marc-Oliver Schuster, Königshausen & Neumann, 2013, pp. 73-94.

"'No cold eyes in Paris': Walter Benjamin, the Aura of Jazz, and the Politics of Autour de Minuit." Traveling Sounds: Music, Migration, and Identity in the U.S. and Beyond, edited by Wilfried Raussert and John Miller Jones, LIT Verlag, 2008, pp. 205-22.

Selected Articles

"Into a Darker Past: James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room and the Anxiety of Authenticity." CLA Journal, vol. 54, no.3, 2011, pp. 268-93.

"Kinds of Blue: Toni Morrison, Hans Janowitz, and the Jazz Aesthetic." African American Review, vol. 38, no. 2 2004, pp. 303-22.

"'Might be what you like, till you hear the words': Joyce in Zürich and the Contrapuntal Language of Ulysses." Joyce Studies Annual, vol. 14, 2003, pp. 74-91.

Selected Reviews

Review of Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory, by Barbara McCaskill. CLA Journal, vol. 60, no. 1, Sept. 2016, pp. 150-53.

Review of Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White, by Emily Bernard. American Literary History Online Review, series III, 2015, pp. 1-3,

Work Experience

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of North Georgia, USA, 2015-present

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of North Georgia, USA, 2013-2015

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Gainesville State College, USA, 2010-2013

Marion L. Brittain Fellow, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2007-2010

Visiting Professor, Institute of American Studies, Universität Bayreuth, Germany, 2005-2007

Visiting Professor, Department of English, Universität Basel, Switzerland, 2006-2007

Robert E. Park Teaching Fellow, University of Georgia, USA,  2000-2005

Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, USA, 1995-2000

Personal Information

2nd tenor saxophone chair, University of North Georgia Jazz Band

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