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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

March, 2012


Professor Stephanie Hilger, Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature, has earned the Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Named for the founder, the Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers is designated to promote exceptional achievement in undergraduate teaching by women. Already widely recognized as a distinguished teacher, Professor Hilger also holds an appointment in Gender and Women’s Studies.

Professor Stephanie Hilger has been selected as an LAS Fellow in a Second Discipline to study embryology and genetics for her book project, "Liminal Bodies: Intersexuality in Literary and Medical Discourses."

Our BA/MA students Bill Mahoney and Stephanie Pansch are the recipients of the Peter and Susan Schaeffer Fellowship, granted this year by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Kathleen M. Smith defended her dissertation, "Curating the Collector: Exploring Representations of Early Modern German Women Book Collectors (1650-1780," on 8 December 2011. Professor Mara R. Wade directed her thesis; members of her committee were Professors Stephanie Hilger, Laurie Johnson, Tom Kilton, and Carl Niekerk. Dr. Smith now works at the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen.


Professor Mara R. Wade has published "Duke Ulrik (1578-1624) as Agent, Patron, Artist: The International Perspective c. 1600," in Reframing the Danish Renaissance, ed. Michael Andersen, Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen, Hugo Johannsen. Copenhagen: National Museum, 2011, 244-261.


Yasemin Yildiz gave an invited lecture "The Monolingual Paradigm and the Postmonolingual Condition" at the University of East Anglia, Norwich/ UK on 22 February 2012.

Upcoming Events

The Midwest Symposium in German Studies returns to the University of Illinois on April 13-14, 2012! Speakers and guests from around the region focus on current research in German studies, including work on literature, history, and visual culture. The 2012 Symposium includes talks by Robert Norton (Notre Dame), Sara Hall (Illinois - Chicago), Stephanie Hilger (Illinois), Ben Robinson (Indiana), Brigitta Wagner (Indiana), Brad Prager (Missouri), Craig Koslofsky (Illinois), and Carsten Strathausen (Missouri). Click here for the event website, which includes the complete program of talks and a flyer.

Nordic Film Nights

Scandinavian Studies is once again hosting a series of Nordic film nights. Our full schedule for the rest of the semester looks like this:

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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