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Newsletter of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

September, 2013


Camden House published a second edition (in paperback) of Carl Niekerk's book Reading Mahler: German Culture and Jewish Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, first published in 2010.

Carl Niekerk published “The Legacy of Enlightenment Anthropology and the Construction of the Primitive Other in Kleist’s ‘Die Verlobung in St. Domingo,’” in: Heinrich von Kleist: Style and Concept. Explorations in Literary Dissonance, ed. by Dieter Sevin and Christoph Zeller. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013. 231-243.

Carl Niekerk published “Radical Thinking and the Dialogic Mode in Karl Philipp Moritz’s Andreas-Hartknopf-Novels,” in: The Eighteenth-Century Novel, ed. by Matt Erlin and Sean Franzel, special issue of Seminar, 49.2 (May 2013): 191-208.


Presentations, Talks and Panels

Professor Stephanie Hilger organized a 5-panel seminar with 18 speakers on “Literature and Medicine” at the International Comparative Literature Association Conference at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, July 18-24, 2013.

Professor Stephanie Hilger presented “Writing the Self, Writing the Patient: The Intersex Subject in Autobiographical and Medical Literature” at the International Comparative Literature Association Conference at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, July 18-24, 2013.

At the University of Vienna, on June 15, Carl Niekerk gave a talk about “Hans Keilson im Exil. Zur jüdisch-niederländisch-deutschen Transkulturation in den erzählenden Schriften.”

Professor Mara Wade presented an invited paper, “Körper in der Emblematik,” at the Internationale Tagung/Colloque international “Körper, Kultur, Kommunikation/Corps, Culture, Communication” at the Université de Lausanne, 22 – 24 May 2013.

Professor Mara Wade presented an invited paper, “Das Emblem verkörpert,” at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Kiel, on 11 July 2013. The following day she conducted a day-long workshop for students and faculty “Forschen im Portal: Emblematica Online.”

Professor Mara Wade presented an invited workshop, “Emblematica Online – Forschen in einer virtuellen Sammlung,” on 29 July 2013 for fellows and librarians at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.

Professor Mara Wade is presenting an invited paper at Oxford University, “Women and Books: A Case Study of a Copy of Georg Philipp Harsdörffer’s Frauenzimmer Gesprächspiele in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel” at the conference, “The Feminine in German Culture: A Conference in Honour of Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, 5 – 7 September 2013.


Upcoming Conference

We invite you to attend Professor Yildiz's conference "Mobilizing Difference: Gender, Islam, and the Production of Contemporary Europeanness," which takes place on Friday September 13th and Saturday September 14th in Lucy Ellis Lounge. More information can be found here.


Attention German department graduate students, please attend the German graduate student workshop With Professor David Gramling (U of Arizona), which takes place on Friday September 13th from 10-11 a.m. in the Phillipson Library (FLB 3114). This is a great opportunity to speak with a recently graduated professor about career paths,German studies, graduate school, and publishing. Please RSVP to Zachary Grotovsky ( as soon as possible.

Prizes and Awards

Johnny (Xiangyun) Duan, a student from GER/CWL/CHP 199, “Books Matter, Book Matters,” earned the Harris Fletcher Award, a research prize for undergraduates of $500, for the best student paper resulting from research in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library. His research paper, “Recent and Historical Provenance of Aristotelis Ethica Aliaque, analyzed issues of provenance relating to the Library's Pre-1650 MS0008, which had been a personal gift of University President Edmund J. James in 1916. Mr. Duan is a Junior in Engineering. Professor Mara Wade taught this course in the Campus Honors Program.


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