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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

February, 2012


Congratulations to Prof. Stephanie Hilger who is this year's recipient of the LAS Lynn Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers!

Congratulations to Amanda Sheffer who graduated with a Ph.D. from our Department in Dec. 2011. Her dissertation is entitled “Deranged Doctor and Panicked Patients: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Fin de Siècle Literature.” Amanda is now teaching at Catholic University in Washington DC.

Emblematica Online has been chosen by ICHASS as a winner for the 2011 Scalable Research Challenge (SRC11). Professor Mara R. Wade is the PI for this project with senior researchers, Tim Cole, Myung-Ja Han, Tom Kilton and from 2009-2011 with graduate students Paul Meyer and Susanne Kress.

Dr. Isaac Tubb was recognized for his work as an LAS James Scholar Honors Credit Instructor for his former student Maria Zyskind. She completed a very critically engaging research paper in close consultation with Dr. Tubb about post-Holocaust war crimes trials and was the student selected to receive the "Most Challenging/Rigorous" James Scholar project award for AY 2010-2011 at the U of I. The awards ceremony was held in November, 2011.

The Renaissance Quarterly has appointed Professor Mara R. Wade to the Editorial Board.

Professor Mara R. Wade was elected to the Executive Committee of the Division on German Literature before 1700 of the MLA for a five-year term.

Professor Mara R. Wade was elected as the representative for Emblem Studies to the Renaissance Society of America.



Yasemin Yildiz published Beyond the Mother Tongue: The Postmonolingual Condition. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Book Chapter

Cori Crane published (with University of Illinois colleagues Misumi Sadler, Jeeyoung Ahn Ha, and Peter Ojiambo) "Beyond the methods course. Using Exploratory Practice for graduate student teacher development." In: Heather Willis Allen & Hiram Maxim's co-edited AAUSC volume, Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century.

Journal Articles

Martina Hamidouche, who received her PhD. in our department in 2011, published 'The New Austrian Family Novel: Eva Menasse's "Vienna" (2005)' in: The Austrian Noughties: Films, Texts, Debates, ed. by Allyson Fiddler, Jon Hughes, and Florian Krobb: 188-200. Special issue of Austrian Studies 19 (2011).

Carl Niekerk published “Image, Sound, and Text: Aesthetic Education in the Age of New Media in Josef Haslinger’s Das Vaterspiel (2000),” in: The Austrian Noughties: Films, Texts, Debates, ed. by Allyson Fiddler, Jon Hughes, and Florian Krobb: 22-36. Special issue of Austrian Studies 19 (2011).

Carl Niekerk published “The Postmodern Moment and the Return of History in Doron Rabinovici’s Ohnehin (2004),” in: After Postmodernism / Nach der Postmoderne, ed. by Rachel MagShamhráin and Sabine Strümper-Krobb: 55-70. Special issue of Germanistik in Ireland. Jahrbuch der / Yearbook of the Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland 6 (2011).

Carl Niekerk published “Tussen neoromantiek en avant-garde” [“Between Neoromanticism and Avant-garde”], in: De laatste vragen van Gustav Mahler [Gustav Mahler’s Final Questions], ed. by Rob Riemen: 123-137. Special issue of Nexus 59 (2011).


Cori Crane presented "Rethinking graduate student teacher education" within the roundtable discussion "Responses to a Changing World: German Language, Literature and Learning in the 21st Century" at the MLA conference in Seattle, WA on January 6, 2012. The panel was selected for inclusion in the 2012 MLA presidential theme of "Language, Literature, Learning."

Anke Pinkert gave an invited paper “Tender Males: Jewish Figures as Affective Archives in DEFA Film,” at an International and Interdisciplinary Workshop, “Framing the ‘Jew’: Masculinity, Emotionality, Identity, and Nation in Eastern European and Israeli Cinema of the Last Decades,” DFG-Graduate Program “Gender as a Category of Knowledge” and the “Center for Jewish Studies,” Humboldt University, Berlin, in December 2011.

Professor Mara R. Wade presented a scholarly paper “Gender and Sociability: Emblems in 17th-Century Nürnberg” at the MLA, Seattle, WA, 6-9 January 2012.

Upcoming Events

The annual induction into Delta Phi Alpha and the departmental awards event will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2012 beginning at 5:15. Please plan to come and support your colleagues and students who are receiving recognition. A reception will follow.

The Midwest Symposium in German Studies returns to the University of Illinois on April 13-14, 2012! Speakers from around the region will present results of current research in German studies, including work on literature, history, and visual culture. The 2012 event includes talks by Robert Norton (Notre Dame), Ben Robinson (Indiana), Stephanie Hilger (Illinois), Carsten Strathausen (Missouri), Sara Hall (Illinois-Chicago), Brigitta Wagner (Indiana), Brad Prager (Missouri), and recent Longman History Today Book Prize winner Craig Koslofsky (Illinois). Guest discussants from various institutions, including Washington University, Case Western Reserve, University of Michigan, and the speakers' institutions will also attend. The event will take place at Levis Faculty Center. A website is up now at; the complete program and flyer will be available there in a few weeks. For more information, contact Laurie Johnson (

Nordic Film Nights

Scandinavian Studies is once again hosting a series of Nordic film nights. On Wed February 15th we will present the Swedish film Ondskan (Evil) (Mikael Håfström, 2003). Based on a best-selling novel by Jan Guillou, this is a gripping tale of violence and revenge set in an elite boarding school in 1950s Sweden.

Our full schedule for the rest of the semester looks like this:
Feb 15 – Ondskan (Evil) (Mikael Håfström, Sweden, 2003)
Mar 14 – Europa (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 1991)
Apr 18 – Á köldum klaka (Cold Fever) (Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Iceland, 1995)
May 2 – Adams æbler (Adam’s Apples) (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2005)

Films will be subtitled in English

All shows take place in Foreign Languages Building room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge) at 7pm. All films are free and everyone is welcome.

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