Seth Howes

Seth Howes
Assistant Professor of German and Director of Graduate Studies
458 Strickland Hall
Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk book cover

Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk
Ed. Hall, Howes, & Shahan 

  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of Texas
Research Interests: 

My research deals with 20th century literature and culture, focusing in particular upon German cultures of the Cold War. In addition to publishing several essays on punk rock in East Germany, and another on the early prose of Peter Weiss, I have co-edited a volume entitled Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk. I am currently writing my first book, Moving Images on the Margins: Experimental Film between Media in Late Socialist East Germany, which studies East German experimental filmmaking as an intermedial practice. 

Frequently Taught Courses: 
  • German 3230, Introduction to German Literature: “Bertolt Brecht”
  • German 3160, Conversation and Composition: "Die Deutschen im 21. Jahrhundert”
  • German 4260, Recent German Literature: "Wirklichkeit und Literatur nach der Katastrophe"
  • German 8087, Graduate Seminar in German Studies: “Modernisms and Realisms after 1945"
  • German 8087, Graduate Seminar in German Studies: "Inszenierungen der Gewalt"
  • German 8087, Graduate Seminar in German Studies: "On the Uses and Abuse of Myth for Life: German Literature after 1945"
Recent Publications: 


Mirko M. Hall, Seth Howes, and Cyrus M. Shahan, eds. Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).


"DIY, im Eigenverlag: East German Tamizdat LPs." German Politics and Society 35.2 (June 2017) 26–47.

"Subcultural Studies between the Blocs: Unexpected Cosmopolitanism and Stubborn Blind Spots in East German Theories of Punk." Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk. 71-88.

"Pessimism and the Politics of the Future in East German Punk. The Journal of Popular Culture 49.1 (February 2016) 77-96.

Weiss/Sartre: Cold War Stellungnahme and the Poetic-Political Either/Or in Peter Weiss’s Final Swedish Novel.The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 89.3 (Summer 2014) 285-304.

‘Killersatellit’ and Randerscheinung: Punk and the Prenzlauer Berg.” German Studies Review 36.3 (October 2013) 579-601.

Special Issues

Julia Hell and Seth Howes, eds. Special Double Issue on Carl Schmitt. The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 84.3/4 (Summer and Fall 2009).


I have reviewed books in Contemporary SociologyGerman Studies Review, and Monatshefte.

Encyclopedia Entries

I have contributed to Vol. 11 of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World