I am an associate professor of German studies and comparative literature and director of the graduate program in critical theory at the University of Colorado Boulder.


My research focuses on 20th and 21st-century literature in German, French, Italian, and English, as well as on critical theory and modern and contemporary art.


In 2014, the University of Minnesota Press published my book Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art, which examines the use of quotations by artists and writers from the 1930s to the present, including Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord, Marcel Broodthaers, Michel Foucault, Heimrad Bäcker, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Hayes, and Vanessa Place. Articles related to Quotational Practices have appeared in New German Critique and South Atlantic Quarterly.


My translations of Urs Allemann have appeared in recent issues of Conjunctions and The Lana Turner Journal. In 2015, Dalkey Archive Press will publish my translation of Urs Allemann's novella The Old Man and the Bench: A Five-Month Twaddle. Ugly Duckling Presse and Dalkey Archive Press have published my translations of Heimrad Bäcker's writings.






Contact: greaney [at] colorado [dot] edu