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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

September, 2012

In Memoriam

Professor emeritus Herbert Knust (1935 - 2012) passed away on Wednesday, August 22, at the age of 77. Prof. Knust studied at the University of München, the Freie Universität Berlin, Tulane University, and received his PhD. from Penn State. He taught at the University of Illinois from 1965 to 1997 as Professor of German and Comparative Literature, and during that period also served as head of German and as director of what was called at the time the Program in Comparative Literature. The News Gazette has published a detailed obituary:
Professor Knust's many publications include:
–Wagner, the King, and 'The Waste Land'. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1967. [Penn State Studies, 22]
–Theatrical Drawings and Watercolors by George Grosz (with Hedy Landman). Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, 1973.
–"Brechts Braver Schweyk." PMLA, 88, March 1973, 219-232.
–Montage, Satire and Cultism between the Wars. University of Illinois Press, 1975.
–George Grosz. Briefe 1913-1959. Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1979.


Professor Stephanie Hilger was profiled in the Summer 2012 issue of LAS News. The article describes her most recent research project, “Liminal Bodies: Intersexuality in Literary and Medical Discourses.”

Project Launch: Please come to the official launch of Emblematica Online, the joint research project between the University of Illinois and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wofenbüttel funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG). The project launch will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 3-5 PM in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Room 346 of the University Library. Emblematica Online presents a multi-national virtual collection of digitized emblem books, providing open, worldwide access to digital facsimiles of 723 Renaissance emblem books containing more than 70,000 individual emblems. Researchers include: Timothy Cole, MJ Han, Tom Kilton, Jordan Vannoy, and Mara Wade (PI). You can find the website at:


Professor emeritus Henry Gerlach published: "Hebbel-Bibliografie 2000-2010", Hebbel Jahrbuch 2012: 123-159.

Professor Andrea Golato published “German oh: Marking an emotional change-of-state.”Research on Language and Social Interaction, 45.3 (2012), 1-24.

Professor Andrea Golato published a review of “The Interactional Organization of Academic Talk“ by H. Limberg. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 31.4 (2012), 476-480.

Professor Mara R. Wade has edited a peer-reviewed collection of essays, Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images, in the series Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue 20, 2012. This volume includes her introduction and her article, “Showcasing Digital Resources: Emblems and Renaissance Festival Books.”

Conference & Seminar News

Profs. M. Terkourafi (chair), K. Christianson, A.-M. Escobar, Z. Fagyal, A. Golato, T. Ionin, D. Watson, organized “Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness (LIAR III)”, International Conference held at the University of Illinois on Aug 29-31, 2012.

Professor Mara R. Wade presented two papers in conjunction with her international research project on emblem digitization: “Digital Emblematics - Enabling Humanities Research of a Popular Early Modern Genre” at the international Digital Humanities Conference, Hamburg, 16-22 July ( and with Dr. Thomas Stäcker, “Emblematica Online,” Werkstattsgespräch in which newly completed projects are presented at the Herzog August Bibliothek, 26 July.

Professor Andrea Golato gave an invited talk entitled “Marking cognitive and emotive changes-of-state: Examples from German” as part of the LISO Speaker Series, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 4, 2012.

Yasemin Yildiz gave three invited lectures in May and June. On May 23, 2012, she gave the keynote address “Monolingualism as a Paradigm: Writing the Postmonolingual Condition” at the symposium Challenging the Myth of Monolingualism held at Leiden University, Netherlands. Together with Michael Rothberg, she presented "What Does Coming to Terms with the Past Mean (in an Immigration Society)? Turkish/German Vergangenheitsbewältigung" at Goethe Universität Frankfurt on June 13, 2012. Finally, she presented "Postmonolinguale Verhältnisse: Deutsch-Türkische Sprachexperimente in Literatur und Film" at the Conference Polyphone Geschichte(n): Schreiben--Einschreiben--Teilhaben at the Universität Innsbruck on June 21, 2012.

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