Steven Taubeneck received a PhD from the University of Virginia in 1988. His dissertation deals with the early (1900-1912) writings of Franz Kafka. He has since published several articles on Kafka, the latest dealing withIn der Strafkolonie. From 1988-1992 he worked at the University of Washington in German and Comparative Literature. His interests led increasingly towards cultural studies. He has published from this perspective on methodology and on Heiner Müller and the GDR. Throughout, he has worked on postmodernism and the relations between philosophy and literature. Regarding postmodernism, he has published on architecture, literature, theory, and the difficulties of the postmodern forest; regarding philosophy, he has published on Hegel, Nietzsche, and Richard Rorty. Taubeneck argues for an interdisciplinary concept of aesthetic experience that cuts across traditional conceptual distinctions.