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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

October, 2012

Just Published

Professor Mara R. Wade has published “Emblem,” in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012).

Professor Stephanie Hilger published “Imagining a New World: Henriette Frölich’s Virginia oder die Kolonie von Kentucky (1820).” Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 10.2 (June 2012): 301-318.

Just Presented

Professor Anke Pinkert presented a paper “Toward a Reparative Practice in Post-1989 Literature,” at the conference After the Violence: Memory, at theUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, September 20-22.

Professor Anke Pinkert presented a talk “Prisons in the Media,” in conjunction with the Art Exhibit of students in the Education Justice Project and the EJP-RSO, at the campus "Y" on Sept 25th.

Professor Andrea Golato gave an invited talk entitled “Aushandlung von Intersubjektivität und Sprecherstandpunkten: Der Fall von wiederholten Bewertungen“ at the Institut für deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany, September 18, 2012.

Yasemin Yildiz and Michael Rothberg presented “Working Through the Past, Turkish/German Style” at the 45th Wisconsin Workshop After the Violence: Memory, held at University of Wisconsin, Madison on September 20-22, 2012.

Upcoming Lecture

As part of the INSPIRE program, Professor Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, Stockholm University, will be on campus on Monday and Tuesday, October 22 and 23. In the framework of a larger international project called “Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms,” on Monday, 23 October 2012 Professor Wåghäll-Nivre, a scholar of early modern German literature and culture, will present a lecture, “Literary and Cultural Historiography: Telling Early Modern Life Stories from a Gender Perspective,” at 5:15 in Lucy Ellis Lounge FLB. This lecture is open to the public; a reception will follow.

If you would like to meet with Professor Wåghäll-Nivre about your research and possible research collaboration in any area of early modern studies, please contact Professor Mara R. Wade at


Yasemin Yildiz is associated with the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt as an International Fellow. Click here for more information on the platform.

Professor Anke Pinkert is an active faculty member of the Education Justice Project and continues to facilitate the Mindfulness Group at Danville Correctional Center in AY 2012-13.

Digital Humanities Symposium

Please join us on October 4th (8:30 a.m. – noon) for the Digital Humanities Symposium at the Scholarly Commons to learn more about digital humanities concepts, tools, and current research projects at UIUC!

This half-day morning symposium on October 4th will feature talks and break-out sessions by UIUC faculty pursuing digital humanities research, including Professors Ted Underwood, Dianne Harris, Donna Cox, and Mara Wade. More information can be found here.

Letter from Christopher Koy, PhD

Dear Germanic Langs. and Lit. Dept. Members,

I would like to briefly share a few words about Prof. Knust, who sadly passed away in August, as I have just read in the September "Newsletter." Prof. Knust was both a tremendously versatile scholar as well as a great teacher in the classroom. He was particularly gifted in getting us to exploit the wealth of the U of I library with amazing but demanding research assignments on rather unusual topics which opened our eyes to German thinkers, novelists, dramatists and poets, often in ways which deviated from the standard understanding of these writers. He also linked the German writers with Spanish and English literature and culture (at least in one of my classes) which reminded us of the connectedness of all European culture & writing. In these and other ways, some new authors, or rather, neglected German authors, would be recovered. On a personal note, Prof. Knust had a wonderful sense of humor and was a kind and helpful teacher, one of the many such professors in the department.I am sure that many students who were lucky enough to study with him would share these opinions.

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