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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

November 2010

We mourn the passing of Professor Frederick Schwink, who died in September 2010. Memorial contributions can be made to: Schwink Kids Educational Fund, c/o Bank of Marin, 999 Andersen Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. A campus memorial service will be held in spring 2011. The date and additional information will be posted soon in the newsletter and on the front page of the departmental website at

Upcoming Events

Lecture: Dr. Louise Nilsson (Intellectual History, Uppsala University) will speak on “Marketing Scandinavia and Europe to a Global Consumer: Product Packaging, Movies, and a Little Bit About IKEA” on November 3 at 5:15 p.m. in Gregory Hall 100.

Discussion: Profs. Anke Pinkert (German) and Michael Rothberg (English) will moderate “Pedagogical Issues in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies: A Discussion” on Thursday, November 4 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in English Building 109. Issues included are how to draw on the latest interdisciplinary scholarship, how to incorporate visual culture into your teaching, how to deal with affect and emotion in the classroom, possibilities and pitfalls of comparative approaches to genocide, how to select texts and design assignments, and more. If you would like to present a syllabus (approx. 3 minutes per presentation) used for courses in this area, or have any questions, please contact Michael Rothberg ( or Anke Pinkert ( Two short articles on HGMS pedagogy that should be read in preparation for the discussion are available for download at and

Fest: The annual “Julfest” will take place on Sunday, December 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the top floor of the McKinley Foundation, 809 S. Fifth Street in Champaign. The event features a Lucia procession and a pot-luck Smorgasboard, so please bring a dinner item to share. Contact with questions.



Prof. Carl Niekerk published Reading Mahler: German Culture and Jewish Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna. Rochester: Camden House, 2010. 312 pp.

The introduction to Reading Mahler is available online.

Prof. Anna Westerståhl Stenport published Locating August Strindberg’ Prose: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Setting. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2010 i-viii; 203 pp.

Prof. Laurie Johnson published Aesthetic Anxiety: Uncanny Symptoms in German Literature and Culture. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2010. 267 pp.


Prof. Laurie Johnson published “Uncanny Love: Schelling’s Meditations on the Spirit World.” Image and Narrative 11.3 (2010) 64-86. Available online at

Prof. Anna Westerståhl Stenport published:

“National Betrayal: Language, Location, and Lesbianism in August Strindberg’s Novel ‘A Madman’s Defense.’” Comparative Literature 62:2 (2010): 144-160. 

“The Missing Mark of Norwegian Modernism’s Crime Fiction: Tarjei Vesaas’ ‘The Ice Palace.’” Studies in the Novel. 2010:2. 305-320.

“Local and Global: Memfis Film and Lukas Moodysson.” Swedish Film: An Introduction and a Reader. Eds. Anders Marklund and Mariah Larsson. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2010. 325-333.

Prof. Carl Niekerk published “Vienna Around 1900 and the Crisis of Public Art: On Text and Music in Klimt, Mahler, and Schnitzler” in Neophilologus (2010), available here:


Prof. Yasemin Yildiz presented “The Postmonolingual Condition: Multilingual Forms and Monolingual Premises in a Transnational Age” at the German Studies Association conference in Oakland, CA in October 2010.

Dr. Isaac Tubb presented “Reading Pictures, Encountering Childhoods: Rilke, Benjamin, and a Poetics of Remembrance” at the German Studies Association conference in Oakland, CA in October 2010. He co-organized the panel entitled “’Begegnung’: Re-Imagining the Encounter in Rilke and Benjamin” with Laurie Johnson.

Prof. Laurie Johnson presented “When the World of Childhood is Over: Rilke on Dolls” at the German Studies Association conference in Oakland, CA in October 2010.

Prof. Carl Niekerk presented “Translating the Pacific:  Georg Forster’s ‘A Voyage Around  the 
World’/’Reise um die Welt’  (1777-1780)” at a conference on Translation and the Humanities at the University of Illinois, October 2010.

Prof. Gunlög Sundberg gave three presentations in September and October: “Communicative Dilemmas in Employment Interviews With Second Language Speakers” (Department of Linguistics, Illinois); “Language Assessment – From Theory to Practice” (Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison); and “Challenging the Homogeneity Assumption – An Example from Sweden” (Reading Group “Dynamics of Language Variation and Change,” Illinois).

Profs. Yasemin Yildiz and Michael Rothberg gave a joint keynote speech entitled “Migrant Archives: Performing Multidirectional Memory in Contemporary Germany” at the conference “Performances of Memory in the Arts” at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands in May 2010.

Prof. Anna Westerståhl Stenport gave a keynote lecture entitled “August Strindberg and the City” at the International Strindberg Conference in Strasbourg, France in June 2010.

Prof. Anna Westerståhl Stenport gave an invited talk in the Department of Literatures and Languages at Lund University, Sweden, in May 2010.


Prof. Stephanie Hilger was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in July 2010.

Prof. Anna Westerståhl Stenport is a Beckman Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study during 2010-2011, and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Scandinavian at the University of California-Berkeley in Spring 2011.

Prof. Anna Westerståhl Stenport was appointed member of the inaugural advisory board for the joint undergraduate and graduate program in Scandinavian Studies at Lund and Copenhagen Universities, 2010-2012.

Prof. Yasemin Yildiz was named a faculty affiliate of the Gender and Women’s Studies Consortium at Illinois.

Bradley Blair and Renata Fuchs passed their Ph.D. preliminary examinations in Fall 2010. Brad Blair is writing a dissertation entitled “’omnis traductor traditor’: Reevaluating the Role of Translation Activities in the Advanced Foreign Language Classroom,” and Renata Fuchs’s dissertation in progress is entitled “’Dann ist und bleibt eine Korrespondenz lebendig’: Strategies of Romantic Dialogue in Letters and Works of Rahel Levin Varnhagen, Bettina Brentano von Arnim, and Karoline von Günderrode.”

Regular Events and Other Announcements

The German conversation group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Array Café (lower level of the Institute for Genomic Biology, east of the Morrow Plots near the FLB). For additional information, please contact Kerstin Istvanits (

The Swedish conversation group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Espresso Royale on Goodwin in Urbana. Look for the table with the Swedish flag.

A Scandinavian Club has been formed at the initiative of several students in the department. The faculty advisor is Mark Säfström; officers are Charles Miericke (President), Dane Jorgensen (Vice President), Raphael Stern (Treasurer), and Samantha Perkins (Secretary). The first issue of the Club’s newsletter, “The Illinois Viking” (editor Eric Swenson), and the Club’s mission statement, are accessible on the departmental website under “Scandinavian Club”; see

The Scandinavian Program and the Department welcome several new colleagues this year. Mark Säfström is Instructor of Swedish and Scandinavian Studies. Gunlög Sundberg (Stockholm University) is American Scandinavian Foundation Visiting Lecturer in Swedish Language and Multiculturalism in Fall 2010. Dr. Theo Malekin is Visiting Lecturer.

Editorial Notes

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