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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

November, 2011


Professor Marianne E. Kalinke (Germanic Languages and Literatures) was recently notified by Kristin Ingolfsdottir, President of the University of Iceland, that the University will confer upon Professor Kalinke an honorary doctorate, doctor philosophiæ honoris causæ, for her "productive research and publications on medieval Icelandic literature," for her work which has "furthered and stimulated research on older Icelandic literature," and for "having in various ways supported international relations at the University of Iceland in the field of medieval studies."

Sweden – U of I Partnership: We are proud to announce a campus-wide partnership between the U of I and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University, and the Karolinska Institute, all in Stockholm, Sweden. Leading this partnership are Professors Harry Dankowicz (Mechanical Sciences and Engineering), and Anna Stenport (Department of Germanic Lang. & Lit., and our Scandinavian Studies). For further information on INSPIRE (The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange), please visit

New Course for Spring 2012: SCAN 496: Kierkegaard & Company: Existentialism, Pietism & the Discovery of Self. Spring Semester T-Th 3:30-4:50 PM with Mark Safstrom, Ph.D. Including works by Ingmar Bergman, Selma Lagerlöf, Nils Gaup, Hans Christian Andersen, Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen, August Strindberg, Henrik Ibsen, Fredrika Bremer…and a whole lot of Søren Kierkegaard.

Summer 2012 class to be offered in Stockholm! “Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic.” 6 credit hours. June 11-July 25, 2012. Students from the University of Illinois and KTH Royal Institute of Technology will spend 5 weeks together in Stockholm taking an interdisciplinary course on issues related to climate change and the Arctic, including a week-long excursion to conduct field research on location north of the Arctic Circle. Open to students of all majors and fields. For an informational flier, contact Mark Safstrom.

Upcoming Events

Nordic Film Night: “Elling” – Wed. Nov. 9th – 7:00 PM
Petter Naess (2001) – Comedy – Norwegian language
Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet in his forties is sent to a state institution, where he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin. When the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend, the simple act of going out for groceries is a challenge. As their courage grows, the two strike up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places.

Julfest – Dec. 4th, 5:00 PM
Annual department Julfest and Lucia Procession. This involves a traditional Luciatåg (candlelight concert performed by the Swedish classes and Scandinavian Club members) followed by a potluck-style Christmas smörgåsbord. At McKinley Center in Westminster Hall. More details to follow. Do you play Scandinavian folk music? Please contact Mark Safstrom.


Professor Stephanie Hilger published “Writing Back: More Truth than Fiction: Henriette Frölich’s Virginia oder die Kolonie von Kentucky (1820).” German Women’s Writing of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Future Directions in Feminist Criticism. Ed. by Helen Fronius and Anna Richards (London: Legenda, 2011). 128-139.

Anke Pinkert reviewed Cinema and the Shoah: An Art Confronts the Tragedy of the Twentieth Century, ed. by Jean-Michel Frodon (2010) for H-Judaic. The review article "Auschwitz and Visual Language" can be found here.

Professor Mara R. Wade has published “Gender, Conviviality, and Publication History in Georg Philipp Harsdörffer’s Stamm- und Stechbüchlein (1654),” In: Le livre demeure: Studies in Book History, ed. Alison Adams and Philip Ford. Cahiers d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 97 Geneva: Droz, 2011, 255-274.

Professor Mara R. Wade has published “Die Pax Danica und die frühneuzeitliche Idee der klassischen Monarchie. Dänische Hoffeste und das Imperium maris Baltici,” In: Welche Antike? Konkurrierende Rezeptionen des Altertums im Barock, ed. Ulrich Heinen, Guillaume van Gemert, and Johann Anselm Steiger. Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, Vol. 39. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011, 373-395.

Yasemin Yildiz and Michael Rothberg published a jointly written essay, “Memory Citizenship: Migrant Archives of Holocaust Remembrance in Contemporary Germany.” Parallax. Special Issue: “Transcultural Memory” 17.4 (2011): 32-48.


Professor Cori Crane presented in a roundtable discussion on "The Oral Proficiency Interview" at the annual conference for the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL) in Tinley Park, IL on Friday, October 21, 2011.

Professor Cori Crane and Jackie Sterling (M.A. candidate in German) presented a one-hour talk at the annual ICTFL conference in Tinley Park, IL entitled: "Was ist Liebe? Teaching the Language of Emotions" on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Regine Kroh presented the paper "Unwahrheiten, Lügen, Geheimnisse – Hybride Lebensnarrative in Romanen nach 1989" at the international conference "Narrative kultureller Identität – Ostdeutsche Erinnerungsdiskurse nach 1989" at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, Oct. 13-15, 2011.

Anke Pinkert gave a presentation on “The Impact of Prison Education on Teaching and Research" at UofI President Mike Hogan’s reception in the recognition of the achievements of the Education and Justice Project on October 6, 2011.

Kathleen Smith presented a paper,“Representations of Book Collecting in the Early Modern German Context: Sophie von Hannover (1630-1714),” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas on October 28th, 2011.

Kathleen also presented a poster, “Reconstructing the Book Collector—Representations of Book Collecting in the Early Modern German Context (1600-1800),” at the Coalition of Women in German (WiG) 36th Annual Conference in Augusta, Michigan on 20-23 October 2011.

Yasemin Yildiz and Michael Rothberg presented a jointly written paper, “Multidirectional Memory and the German Question” at the conference Bringing Migration and History into the Equation: Re-Imagining Nationhood and Belonging, held at the Jewish Museum Berlin on October 7, 2011.

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