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Sarah M Henneböhl

Teaching Assistant of Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Distinctions / Awards

  • Departmental Summer Research Grant, 2016
  • Departmental Summer Research Grant, 2015
  • Graduate College Conference Travel Award, 2015
  • SLCL (School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics) Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Departmental Fellowship, one-course release from teaching, 2012-2013
  • Ruth E. Lorbe Excellence in Undergrad Teaching Award, 2011
  • DAAD fellowship, 2008-2009


Sarah came to the University of Illinois as a visiting DAAD-lecturer and decided to stay to pursue her PhD-degree. She is currently working on her dissertation (adviser: Prof. Carl H. Niekerk) where she discusses the interplay of “woman” and “race” in the works of  female German speaking writers from the Kaiserreich to the middle of the 20th century. Her academic interests include nineteenth to twenty-first century German literature, postcolonial studies, feminist theory and critical whiteness studies.

In her M.A. thesis entitled "Die Darstellung der Südsee in der englischsprachigen Reiseliteratur" (Representations of the South Seas in English Travel Literature), Sarah offers a postcolonial discussion of the works of Herman Melville and Paul Theroux. During her MA-studies, she spent a year at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.


Magistra Artium/MA in English and American Literature, German Literature and Philosophy, University of Konstanz, Germany

Conference Presentations & Talks

“Werner Egk’s Peer Gynt: Anti-Semitism in Komponist des Wiederaufbau’s Work.“ (with Hesam Sharifian) at the 39th Annual Comparative Drama Conference. Stevenson University. Balitmore, MD, March 26, 2015. 

“The Colony as White Gender Utopia: Frieda von Bülow’s Colonial Writings.” DeutschesSeminar. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, October 30, 2014. 

“Claire Goll’s Prose Work: White Femininity, Avant-garde ‘Negrophilia’and Female Surrender.” KFLC, The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY, April 11, 2014.


Journal Articles

  • Henneböhl, Sarah, and Hesam Sharifian. "Werner Egk’s Peer Gynt: Anti-Semitism in Komponist des Wiederaufbau’s Work." New England Theater Journal (2016):


  • German for Economics, GER 321
  • German for Business, GER 320
  • German Conversation and Writing I, GER 211
  • German Conversation and Writing II, GER 212
  • Intermediate German I, GER 103
  • Beginning German, GER 101
  • Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP), Beginning German
  • The Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Their European Context: Discussion section, GER 250 (taught in English)
  • The Holocaust in Context: Discussion section, GER 260 (taught in English)
  • German Popular Culture, GER 201 (taught in English)