Ian Fleishman is an Assistant Professor of German and the newest member of the standing faculty of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. In May 2013, he completed his doctorate in French and German Literature at Harvard University, having previously studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Sorbonne Nouvelle and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and Middlebury College in Vermont. He has published articles and book chapters in German Quarterly, French Studies, Essays in Romanticism, Mosaic, The Journal of Austrian Studies, and elsewhere on subjects ranging from the Baroque to contemporary cinema.
His work focuses largely on sex and violence in order to trace the evolution of narrative form and its underlying epistemological shift from modernism to the postmodern. His first book manuscript, An Aesthetics of Injury: The Narrative Wound from Baudelaire to Tarantino, adapted from his dissertation, is the 2015 winner of the Northeast Modern Language Association Book Award.