Manuela Achilles

Associate Professor of German and History & Director of the Center for German Studies; Director of German Undergraduate Programs.


New Cabell Hall, Room 233

Office Hours:

Mondays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and by appointment.  New Cabell Hall, Room 233

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2005
  • M.A. University of Michigan, 1996
  • M.A. Free University of Berlin, 1996


German Cultural Studies and History, Weimar Republic, History and Theory of Democracy; Sustainability Studies

Recent Courses

  • Germany after 1918
  • Germany in the 20th Century
  • Democracy and Violence
  • Nazi Germany (crosslisted in German and History)
  • Hitler in History and Fiction (cross listed in German and History)
  • Neighbors and Enemies (cross-listed in German and History)
  • Germans and Jews (cross-listed in History and Jewish Studies)
  • Postwar German Literature and Culture (cross-listed in German and History)
  • Generation Green: Germany and the Environment (cross-listed in German; and Science, Technology and Society)
  • Topics in Business German: Umwelt und Energie
  • German for Professionals
  • German Crime Stories (Deutsche Krimis)
  • German Conversation
  • Western Civilization (1600 to the Present)


German Environmentalism in Transatlantic Perspective: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited volume, Palgrave Macmillan 2013 (Climate and Energy series), with Dana Elzey.

Invisible Fatherland: Constitutional Patriotism and the Desire for Democracy in Weimar Germany – book manuscript (in progress).


"Anchoring the Nation in the Democratic Form: Weimar Symbolic Politics beyond the Failure Paradigm”, in: German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar: A Contest of Futures, ed. Geoff Eley, Jennifer Jenkins, Tracie Matysik; Bloomsbury 2016.

"Nuclear Power? No, Thank You!" Germany's Energy Revolution Post-Fukushima," in: Achilles (ed.), Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan 2013).

"The Economy Under the Nazis: Keynesianism Avant la Lettre?", 2013, Darden Business Publishing, UVA-GEM 112 (with Peter Debaere)

"With a Passion for Reason: Celebrating the Constitution in Weimar Germany," Central European History, Volume 43, Number 4 (December 2010), pp. 666-689.

“Reforming the Reich: Democratic Symbols and Rituals in the Weimar Republic,” in Weimar Publics/Weimar Subjects: Rethinking the Political Culture of Germany in the 1920s, ed. Kerstin Barndt and Kathleen Canning, Berghahn Books, July 2010, pp. 175-191.

“Nationalist Violence and Republican Identity in Weimar Germany,” in German Literature, History and the Nation, ed. David Midgley and Christian Emden, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004, pp. 305-328.

“‘Blutdurst’ und ‘Symbolhunger’: Zur Semantik von Blut und Erde,” in Spielräume des Einzelnen: Deutsche Literatur in der Weimarer Republik und im Dritten Reich, ed. Walter Delabar, Horst Denkler, Erhard Schütz, Berlin: Weidler Buchverlag, 2000, pp. 185-315.

Book Reviews

Review of Benjamin Ziemann, Contested Commemorations. Republican War Veterans and Weimar Political Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013), European History Quarterly, 46:1 (2016), 203-204.

Review of Shulamit Volkov: Walther Rathenau. Weimar's Fallen Statesman (New Haven: Yale UP, 2012); German History, first published online: March 3, 2015.

Review of Mark Edmundson, The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days (New York: Bloomsbury, 2007), published on H-German (August 2011).

Review of Christian Emden, Walter Benjamins Archäologie der Moderne: Kulturwissenschaft um 1930 (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006), published on H-German (October 2007).

Review of Pamela E. Swett, Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin,1929- 1933 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Social History 31:4 (2006), 497-499.

Review of Laurence A. Rickel’s Nazi Psychoanalysis (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2002, published on H-German (March 2004).

Stefanie Arend

Universitat Rostock Institut fur Germanistik

Dorothe Bach

Associate Director & Associate Professor, Center for Teaching Excellence


Hotel D, 24 East Range

Office Hours:

By Appointment

  • University of Virginia, Ph.D. 2003
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, M.A. 1995

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Bach, D., Weiss, P., Inkelas, K.K. & Riewerts, K. (forthcoming). Introducing and Assessing Learning-Focused Course Design at Bielefeld University, Germany, and the University of Virginia, USA. Die Hochschullehre: Interdisziplinäre Zeitschrift für Studium und Lehre.

Bach, D. & Cook-Sather, A. (2016) Open Space: Nurturing Reflection, Dialogue, and Radical Listening in Higher Education. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 27(2), 97-116.

Bach, D. & Alexander, J. (2015). Contemplative Approaches to Reading and Writing: Cultivating Choice, Connectedness, and Wholeheartedness in the Critical Humanities. Journal for Contemplative Inquiry (pp. 17-36)

Palmer, M. S., Bach, D., & Streifer, A. C. (2014). Measuring the Promise: A Learning-Focused Syllabus Rubric. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 33 (1), 14-36. Translated and published in the 3rd edition of the Japanese magazine Shutaiteki Manabi (Active Learning) in 2016.

Alexander, J. & Bach, D. (2013). Creating Classroom Community with Reflective Blogs. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9 (2), 17-29.

Lee, V., Bach D., & Muthiah, R. (2012). An Exploration of the Spiritual Roots of the Mid-Career Faculty. Experience. To Improve the Academy, 28. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 69-85.

Bach, D. (2011). Using Scholarly Online Communities to Empower Students. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 22(2), 5-29.

Alexander, J. & Bach, D. (2011) Reading and Joy. Chronicle of Higher Education (September 11, 2011.) Letter to the editor.

Bach, D. & Sorcinelli, M.D. (2010). Assessing Early Career Faculty Programs: The Case for ‘Excellence in Diversity.’ To Improve the Academy. Vol. 28. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 310-326.

Bach, D. (2009). Using Course Portfolios to Promote Self-Reflection and Intentional Learning. In: Zubizaretta, J. The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning (2nd edition), San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 75-84, 321-324.

Bach, D., Barnett, M., Fuentes J., & Frey, S. (2006). Promoting Intellectual Community and Professional Growth for a Diverse Faculty: The Excellence in Diversity Fellows Program at the University of Virginia. To Improve the Academy, 24. Bolton, Massachusetts: Anker Publishing, 166-183.

Book Reviews

Baugher, J. E., & Bach, D. (2015). Contemplative practices in higher education: powerful methods to transform teaching and learning. International Journal for Academic Development, 1-4.

Awards, Grants and Honors

  • Nominee for Casteen Award John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award  (2015)
  • POD Network Innovation Award Winner with  M. Palmer and A. Streifer (Measuring the Promise: A Valid and Reliable Syllabus Rubric, 2014)
  • University of Virginia Z Society Award (2013)
  • University of Virginia Seven Society Award in recognition for “devotion to the academic life of the University” and for opening “the hearts and minds of students" (2012)

Benjamin Bennett

William R Kenan, Jr, Professor of German


New Cabell Hall, Room 225

  • Columbia University, Ph.D. 1975 extra muros
  • Oxford University (Oriel College), B.A. 1962, M.A. 1967
  • Columbia College, A.B. 1960 summa cum laude


Drama, German and European literature of the 18th and early 19th, late 19th and 20th centuries, literary theory


  • 20th Century Major Authors
  • Utopias and Millennialisms
  • The Dramatic Theater, Theory and Practice
  • Intellectual History from Nietzsche on


  • Insanity
  • The Problematics of Revolution
  • Nietzsche
  • Apocalypse Now (World Destruction in Literature)
  • Freud and Literature
  • Lyric Poetry


Aesthetics as Secular Millennialism:  Its Trail from Baumgarten and Kant to Walt Disney and Hitler (Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell U. Press, 2013).

The Dark Side of Literacy:  Literature and Learning Not to Read (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008).

All Theater Is Revolutionary Theater (Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 2005).

Goethe as Woman:  The Undoing of Literature (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2001).

Beyond Theory:  Eighteenth-Century German Literature and the Poetics of Irony (Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1993).

Theater As Problem:  Modern Drama and Its Place in Literature (Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1990).  Hardbound and paperback.

Hugo von Hofmannsthal:  The Theaters of Consciousness (Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1988).  Paperback edition 2009.

Goethe’s Theory of Poetry:  Faust and the Regeneration of Language (Ithaca:  Cornell U. Press, 1986).

Co-editor of:  Probleme der Moderne:  Studien zur deutschen Literatur von Nietzsche bis Brecht.  Festschrift für Walter Sokel (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1983).

Modern Drama and German Classicism:  Renaissance from Lessing to Brecht (Ithaca:  Cornell U. Press, 1979).  Awarded the Modern Language Association James Russell Lowell Prize, 1980, for best book by a member of the Association.  Paperback edition, fall 1986.


“Poetry after Faust,” forthcoming anthology contribution.

“Über allen Gipfeln:  The Poem as Hieroglyph,” forthcoming in a Festschrift.

“Heroes and Fleabags, and Women:  Gender and Representation in Penthesilea,”   forthcoming in a collection of essays on Kleist.

“Casting Out Nines:  Structure, Parody and Myth in ‘Tonio Kröger,’” in Short Story Criticism, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau (Detroit: Gale, 2013), pp. 153-163.  Reprint of 1976.

“Goethe’s Werther:  Double Perspective and the Game of Life,” in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau (Detroit: Gale, 2012), pp. 215-224.  Reprint of 1980.

“The Future Lies Ahead” (on Warhol and Danto), artUS, 2011/Issue 31, 80-89.

 “The Thinking Machine,” Revue internationale de philosophie, 65, no. 255 (=1/2011), 7-26.

Histrionic Nationality:  Implications of the Verse in Faust,” in Goethe Yearbook, 17 (2010), pp. 21-30.

 “Freud and the Denationalization of Literature,” artUS, 2010/1, 50-57.

 “Secret Theses III:  At World’s End,” artUS, 24/25 (Winter 2008), 60-63.

 “Intransitive Autobiography:  Naked Lunch and the Problem of Personal Identity,” artUS, 24/25 (Winter 2008), 31-38.

 “The Politics of the Mörike-Debate and Its Object,” in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, vol. 201, Gale Literary Criticism Series, Kathy D. Darrow, project editor (Detroit, 2008), pp. 356-365.

“Secret Theses II:  The Novel as Armageddon,” artUS, 23 (Summer 2008), 50-53.

“Secret Theses on Literature and Politics,” artUS, 22 (Spring 2008), 34-36.

“The Irrelevance of Aesthetics and the De-Theorizing of the Self in ‘Classical’ Weimar,” in Simon Richter (ed.), The Literature of Weimar Classicism (Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2005), pp. 295-321.

“The Absence of Drama in Nineteenth-Century Germany,” in Clayton Koelb and Eric Downing (eds.), German Literature of the Nineteenth Century, 1832-1899 (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005), pp. 157-81.

“Attack of the Kleins,” artUS, 8 (May/June 2005), 50-51.

“It’s a Word! It’s a Claim! . . . Modernism and Related Instances of an Inherently Discredited Conceptual Type,” artUS, special issue 5/6 (Jan./Feb. 2005), 10-15.

“Speech, Writing and Identity in the West-östlicher Divan,” in Goethe Yearbook, 12 (2004), pp. 161-83.

“Hofmannsthal’s Theater of Adaptation,” in Thomas A. Kovach (ed.), A Companion to the Works of Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Rochester, N.Y., 2002), pp. 97-115.

“Foreword,” to each of the three volumes of Laurence A. Rickels, Nazi Psychoanalysis (Minneapolis, 2002).


“Interrupted Tragedy as a Structural Principle in Faust,” in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:  Faust, A Tragedy:  Interpretive Notes, Contexts, Modern Criticism, ed. Cyrus Hamlin (New York and London, 2001), pp. 598-611. 

“Strindberg and Ibsen: Toward a Cubism of Time in Drama,” in Modernism in European Drama:  Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, Beckett, ed. Frederick J. Marker, Christopher Innes (Toronto, 1998), pp. 69-91. 

“Bridge:  Against Nothing” (on Nietzsche, Derrida, Irigaray), in Nietzsche and the Feminine, ed. Peter J. Burgard (U. Press of Virginia: Charlottesville, 1994), pp. 289-315.

“The Politics of the Mörike Debate and Its Object,” Germanic Review, 68 (1993), 60-68.

“Performance and the Exposure of Hermeneutics,” Theatre Journal, 44 (1992), pp. 431-447.

“Brecht’s Writing against Writing,” The Brecht Yearbook 17 (1992), pp. 164-179.

“Intransitive Parody and the Trap of Reading in Turn-of-the-Century German Prose,” in Fictions of Culture:  Essays in Honor of Walter H. Sokel, ed. Steven Taubeneck (New York: Peter Lang, 1991), pp. 135-167.

“Structure, Parody and Myth in Tonio Kröger,” reprint of no. 20, in Harold Bloom (ed.), Thomas Mann, Modern Critical Views (New York: Chelsea House, 1986), pp. 227-240.

“Werther and Montaigne:  The Romantic Renaissance,” Goethe Yearbook, 3 (1986), 1-20.

“Prometheus and Saturn:  The Three Versions of Götz von Berlichingen,” German Quarterly, 58 (1985), 335-47.

“Cinema, Theater and Opera:  Modern Drama as Ceremony,” Modern Drama, 28 (1985), 1-21.

“Utopia to the Second Power:  Literary Interpretation as Social Thought,” without the title, as a review article on Hermand, Orte. Irgendwo, in German Quarterly, 56 (1983), 106-112.

“The Generic Constant in Lessing’s Development of a Comedy of Institutions and Alienation,” German Quarterly, 56 (1983), 231-242.

“Strindberg and Ibsen: Toward a Cubism of Time in Drama,” Modern Drama, 26 (1983), 262-281.

“Levels and Movements of Consciousness in Goethe’s Faust,” Theatre Journal, 34, no. l (March, 1982), 5-19.

“Trinitarische Humanität:  Dichtung und Geschichte bei Schiller,” in Friedrich Schiller:  Kunst, Humanität und Politik in der späten Aufklärung:  Ein Symposium, ed. Wolfgang Wittkowski (Tübingen:  Niemeyer, 1982), pp. 164-180.

 “Stefan Georges ‘Ursprünge’:  Zur Deutung des ‘Siebenten Rings,’“ CASTRVM PEREGRINI, 31 (1982), no. 155, pp. 28-51. 

“The Classical, the Romantic and the Tragic in Part Two of Goethe’s Faust,” Studies in Romanticism, 19 (1980), 529-550.

“‘Ursprünge’:  The Secret Language of George’s Der siebente Ring,” Germanic Review, 55 (1980), 74-81.

“Goethe’s Werther:  Double Perspective and the Game of Life,” German Quarterly, 53 (1980), 64-81.

“Nietzsche’s Idea of Myth:  The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics,” PMLA, 94 (1979), 420-433.

“The Idea of the Audience in Lessing’s Inexplicit Tragic Dramaturgy,” Lessing Yearbook, XI (1979), 59-68.

 “The Two ‘Study’ Scenes and the Pentagram in Goethe’s Faust,” Essays in Literature, 5 (1978), 223-237.

“Reason, Error and the Shape of History:  Lessing’s Nathan and Lessing’s God,” Lessing Yearbook, IX (1977), 60-80.

“Goethe’s Egmont as a Politician,” Eighteenth-Century Studies, 10 (1977), 351-366.

“Interrupted Tragedy as the Structure of Goethe’s Faust,” Mosaic, XI/1 (Fall, 1977), 37-51.

“Death and the Fools,” German Life & Letters, 30 (1976-77), 65-72.

“‘Vorspiel auf dem Theater’:  The Ironic Basis of Goethe’s Faust,” German Quarterly, 49 (1976), 438-455.
 “Casting Out Nines:  Structure, Parody and Myth in Tonio Kröger,” Revue des Langues Vivantes, 42 (1976), 126-146.

“Missed Meetings in Hofmannsthal’s Der Schwierige,” Forum for Modern Language Studies, 12 (1976), 59-64.

“Hofmannsthal’s Return,” Germanic Review, 51 (1976), 28-40.

“Werther and Chandos,” Modern Language Notes, 91 (1976), 552-558.

“Kleist’s Puppets in Early Hofmannsthal,” Modern Language Quarterly, 37 (1976), 151-167.

“Hans Karl’s Unmysterious Return,” Essays in Literature, 2 (1975), 230-244.

“Idea, Reality and Play-Acting in Der Tor und der Tod,” Orbis Litterarum, 30 (1975), 262-276.

with Frank G. Ryder, “The Irony of Goethe’s Hermann und Dorothea:  Its Form and Function,” PMLA, 90 (1975), 433-446.

 “The Role of Vorwitz in Hofmannsthal’s Das Salzburger Groβe Welttheater,” Symposium, 29 (1975), 13-29.

“Chandos and his Neighbors,” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, 49 (1975), 315-331.

“The Smallest World Theater,” Mosaic, VII/2 (Winter, 1975), 53-66.

“‘Tis Sixty Years Since,” review article on Strich, Die Mythologie in der deutschen Literatur, in German Quarterly, 45 (1972), 684-702.

“Language in College,” Bulletin of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, 3, no. 4 (May, 1972), 18-20.10.  “The Future of the Infinitive,” The Serif, 8, no. 3 (Sept. 1971), 14-19.

Book Reviews

on W.B. Worthen,  Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama, Modern Drama, 50 (2007), 651-53.

on David E. Wellbery et al, eds., A New History of German LiteratureModern Language Quarterly 68 (2007), 578-82.

on Clark S. Muenzer, Figures of IdentityGoethe Yearbook, 3 (1986), 232-36.

on Ronald Speirs, Brecht’s Early Plays, in Modern Drama, 27 (1984), 273-274.

on Gabriele Girschner, Goethes Tasso, in Goethe Yearbook, II (1984), pp. 241-2.

on Göres, Goethes Leben, in GQ, 56 (1983), 501.

on John Geary, Goethe’s Faust, in GR, 58 (1983), 121.

on Anthony J. Niesz, Dramaturgy in German Drama, in GQ, 55 (1982), 581-582.

on Hans-Jürgen Schings, Der mitleidigste Mensch . . ., in JEGP, 81 (1982), 537-538.

on Grimm/Hermand (eds.), Karl Marx und Friedrich Nietzsche, in Monatshefte, 72 (1980), 349-352.

on Richard Unger, Hölderlin’s Major Poetry, in GQ, 51 (1978), 218-219.

on Daviau/Buelow, The “Ariadne auf Naxos” of Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss, in GQ, 50 (1977), 183-184.

on two Hölderlin items, in GQ, 47 (1974), 128-129.

on Sigurd Burckhardt, The Drama of Language, in GQ, 46, Memb. Dir. (Sept. 1973), 135-138.

on F. W. Wodtke (ed.), Gottfried Benn:  Selected Poems, in GQ, 44 (1971), 614-617.

on Walter Silz, Hölderlin’s Hyperion, in GQ, 44 (1971), 383-387.

on Leroy R. Shaw, The Playwright & Historical Change, in GQ, 44 (1971), 75-79.

Awards, Grants and Honors

Keynote speaker at Indiana University Graduate Student Conference, Feb. 2011

Maxwell Lecturer, Rutgers University, April 2002

Keynote speaker at the annual Dies Universitatis of the Friedrich-Schiller Universität in Jena, June 2001

Modern Language Association James Russell Lowell Prize, 1980, for Modern Drama and German Classicism

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1979-80

ACLS Fellowship, 1976-77

Thomas W. Best

Professor Emeritus

Beth Bjorklund

Professor Emeritus

Klaudia Casper


New Cabell, Room 241

Gabriele Dietze

Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

Paul Dobryden

Assistant Professor


New Cabell Room 243

Office Hours:

Wednesday 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Fridays, 11:000 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and by appointment

  • Ph.D. in German Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • B.A. in German and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 2004


Hans Richters ‘Rhythmus 21’: Schlüsselfilm der Moderne (co-editor). Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2012. Reviewed in Medienwissenschaft 3 (2013): 321-2.


Spies: Post-War Paranoia Goes to the Movies,” in A Companion to Fritz Lang, edited by Joe McElhaney. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. 76-93.

“G at the Berlin Lunapark,” in Mies van der Rohe, Richter, Graeff & Co.: Alltag und Design in der Avantgardezeitschrift G, edited by Karin Fest, Sabrina Rahman, and Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah. Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014. 116-22.

“The Institution of Pleasure: From Display to Environment at the Berlin Lunapark.” Studies in European Cinema 10.2-3 (2013): 157-78.

“Einfühlung,” in Hans Richters ‘Rhythmus 21’: Schlüsselfilm der Moderne. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2012. 83-90.

 “23 May 1920: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Berlin’s Luna-Park Bring Aesthetic Modernism to the Fairground,” in The New History of German Cinema, edited by Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. 80-85.

"Good Germans, Humane Automobiles: Redeeming Technological Modernity—In Those Days." Film and History 40.1 (Spring 2010): 7-24.

Robin Ellis

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer

Office Hours:


  • Ph.D. in German Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • B.A. in German Literature, Oberlin College, 2004


20th- and 21st-century German and Austrian culture, translation, migration, multilingualism, gender, performance, European borders


“’The State We’re In’: Narratives of Migration and Translation.” Co-authored with Roman Utkin and Scott Denham. German Quarterly 90.2 (Spring 2017).

“People-Watching: Völkerschau Viewing Practices and The Indian Tomb (1921).” In ‘Es ist seit Rahel uns erlaubt, Gedanken zu haben’: Essays in Honor of Heidi Thomann Tewarson, edited by Steve Huff and Dorothea Kauffmann. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013.

“Linguistic Rebellion in Feridun Zaimoğlu’s Koppstoff.” Co-authored with Kristin Dickinson and Priscilla Layne. In Contemporary German Culture: Feridun Zaimoğlu, edited by Tom Cheesman and Karin Yeşilada. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2012.

“Confessional Fictions, Fictional Confessions.” Co-authored with Kurt Beals. Das Geständnis und seine Instanzen, edited by Anders Engberg-Pedersen, Michael Huffmaster, Eric Nordhausen, and Vrääth Öhner. Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2011.

“Translating Communities: Rethinking the Collective in Feridun Zaimoğlu's Koppstoff.” Co- authored with Kristin Dickinson and Priscilla Layne. TRANSIT (Nov. 2008).

 http://transit.berkeley .edu/2008/dickinson-ellis-layne-2/

Justus Fetscher

Universitat Mannheim

Gabriel Finder

General Faculty, Associate Professor and Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies


191 Nau

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. & Wednesdays 2:30 p.m.-3:30.p.m., and by appointment

  • University of Chicago, M.A., 1990, Ph.D. 1997
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1984
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1978


My research interests lie in German and East European Jewish history and culture, the Holocaust, memory of the Holocaust, post-Holocaust trials, the reconstruction of Jewish life after 1945, and relations between Jews and non-Jews in postwar Europe. I use

  • Elementary Yiddish Language and Culture (YIDD 1050 and YIDD 1060)
  • German Jewish History and Culture (GETR 3372 /HIEU 3372/ RELJ 3372)
  • German Jewish Thinkers (GETR 3559/RELJ 3559)
  • The Holocaust (GETR 3692/HIEU 3692)
  • The Holocaust and the Law (GETR 3559/HIEU 3559)


Making Holocaust Memory (Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 20), coedited with Natalia Aleksiun, Antony Polonsky, and Jan Schwarz (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008).

Book Manuscripts in Progress

A Tangled Web: Jews, Poles, and the Afterlife of the Holocaust, 1945-1968 (estimated date of completion, 2012).

Humor in Jewish Culture (Studies in Contemporary Jewry: An Annual 29), ed. Eli Lederhendler and Gabriel N. Finder (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).


“Warschau Main Camp,” in The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, volume 1:Early Camps, Youth Camps, and Concentration Camps and Subcamps under the SS-Business Administration Main Office (WVHA), Part B, ed. Geoffrey P. Megargee (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2009), 511-15.

“‘Boxing for Everyone’: Jewish DPs, Sports, and Boxing,” in Jews and the Sporting Life (Studies in Contemporary Jewry: An Annual 23), ed. Ezra Mendelsohn (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 36-53.

“Yizkor! Commemoration of the Dead by Jewish Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany,” in Between Mass Death and Individual Loss: The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-Century Germany, ed.            Alon Confino, Paul Betts, and Dirk Schumann (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008), 232-57.

“Żydowski obóz pracy w Warszawie po powstaniu w getcie (1943-1944),” Midrasz: Pismo Żydowskie 4 (132) (April 2008): 22-29 (condensed Polish translation of “Jewish Prisoner Labour in Warsaw after the Ghetto Uprising, 1943-1944”).

“Sportcajtung,” in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, ed. Gershon David Hundert (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 1800.
“Honor Courts,” in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, ed. Gershon David Hundert (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 751-53.

“Jewish Collaborators on Trial in Poland, 1944-1956,” in Making Holocaust Memory (Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 20), ed. Gabriel Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, Antony Polonsky, and Jan Schwarz (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008), 122-48.

“Memento Mori: Photographs from the Grave,” coauthor with Judith R. Cohen, in Making Holocaust Memory (Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 20), ed. Gabriel Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, Antony Polonsky, and Jan Schwarz (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008), 55-73.

“Introduction” to Making Holocaust Memory (Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 20), ed. Gabriel Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, Antony Polonsky, and Jan Schwarz (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008), 3-54.

“The Criminal and his Analysts: Psychoanalytic Criminology in Weimar Germany and the First          Austrian Republic,” in Criminals and their Scientists: The History of Criminology in International Perspective, ed. Peter Becker and Richard F. Wetzell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006): 447-69.

“Proces Szepsla Rotholca a polityka kary w następstwie Zagłady,” Zagłada Żydów: Studia i materiały 2 (2006): 221-41 (Polish translation of “The Trial of Shepsl Rotholc and the Politics of Retribution in the Aftermath of the Holocaust”).

“The Trial of Shepsl Rotholc and the Politics of Retribution in the Aftermath of the Holocaust,” Gal-Ed: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry 20 (2006): 63-89 (English section).           

“‘Sweep out Evil from Your Midst’: The Jewish People’s Court in Postwar Poland,” in Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution (Proceedings of the International Conference, London, 29-31 January 2003), ed. Johannes-Dieter Steinert and Inge Weber-Newth (Osnabrück, Germany: Secolo Verlag, 2005): 269-79.

“Jewish Prisoner Labour in Warsaw after the Ghetto Uprising, 1943-1944,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 17 (2004): 325-51.

“Collaboration in Eastern Galicia: The Ukrainian Police and the Holocaust,” coauthor with Alexander Prusin, East European Jewish Affairs 34, no. 2 (2004): 95-118.

“Der Fall Vukobrankovics: Begutachtung und Verturteilung einer Verbrecherin um 1920,” Kriminologisches Journal 26 (1994): 47-69.

Forthcoming Articles and Book Chapters

“Überlebende Kinder im kollektiven Gedächtnis der polnischen Jüdinnen und Juden nach dem Holocaust: Das Beispiel Undzere Kinder,” in Asal Darden, Claudia Bruns, and Anette Dietrich., eds., “Welchen der Steine du hebst”: Filmische Erinnerung an den Holocaust (Berlin: Bertz + Fischer Verlag, forthcoming 2011).

“The Place of Child Survivors in Jewish Collective Memory after the Holocaust: The Case of Undzere Kinder,” in Nurturing the Nation: Displaced Children in Europe and the USSR, 1918-1953, ed. Nick Baron (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2012).

“The Medicalization of Wilhelmine and Weimar Juvenile Justice Reconsidered,” in Crime and         Criminal Justice in Modern Germany, 1870-1960, ed. Richard F. Wetzell (New York: Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2012).

“From Brzeżany to Afula—A Child’s Journey from Prewar Poland to Israel in the 1950s: A Conversation with Shimon Redlich,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 27 (forthcoming).

“Polish-Jewish Relations in the Communist Period,” coauthor with Ewa Koźmińska-Frejlak, Gal-Ed: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry (forthcoming).

Book Reviews

 “Robert Blobaum, ed., Antisemitism and its Opponents in Modern Poland,” in Gal-Ed: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry 21 (2007): 179-84 (Hebrew section).

“Antony Polonsky and Joanna B. Michlic, eds., The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland,” inEuropean History Quarterly 36, no. 2 (2006): 327-29.

“Joshua D. Zimmerman, ed., Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during the Holocaust and its Aftermath,” in Journal of the American Academy of Religion 73, no. 1 (2005): 284-87.

“Gunnar S. Paulsson, Secret City: The Hidden Jews of Warsaw, 1940-1945,” in East European Politics and Societies 18, no. 2 (2004): 342-47; 18, no. 3 (2004): 558 (erratum).

“David Brenner, Marketing Identities: The Invention of Jewish Ethnicity in Ost und West,” in Association of Jewish Studies Review 25, no. 1 (2000/2001): 155-58.

“George Robb and Nancy Erber, eds., Disorder in the Court: Trials and Sexual Conflict at the Turn of the Century,” in Journal of Modern History 73 (2001): 401-3.

“Richard J. Evans, Tales from the German Underworld: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth Century,” in Journal of Modern History72 (2000): 249-50.

“Norbert Finzsch and Robert Jutte, eds., Institutions of Confinement: Hospitals and Prisons in Western Europe and North America, 1500-1950,” in Journal of Modern History 71 (1999): 664-67.

“Hugo Munsterberg, Unspoken Bequest: The Contribution of German Jews to German Culture,” in The Historian 59 (1997): 931-32.

“Richard Lawrence Miller, Nazi Justiz: Law of the Holocaust,” in The Historian 59 (1997): 472-73.

“Eric A. Johnson, Urbanization and Crime: Germany, 1871-1914,” in American Journal of Sociology 102 (1996): 622-24.

Awards, Grants and Honors

American Council of Learned Societies, East European Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2000-1.

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellowship, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2000-1.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship, 2007-8.

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia, 2009.

Jeffrey Grossman

Associate Professor and Chair


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  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
  • M.A., German Literature, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.,1986
  • University of Tübingen, Germany, 1982-1983
  • B.A., English Literature, Tufts University, 1982


German, Yiddish, and comparative literature since the late 18th century, German-Jewish culture, literary theory, translation and transmission of knowledge and texts


  • Jews, Germans and the Response to Modernity
  • Memory and Recollection in the Age of Goethe
  • Intellectual History II (i.e. from Hegel to Habermas)
  • Post-Wall German Literature


  • German Jewish Culture and History (co-taught w/Gabriel Finder)
  • The Faust Legend in European Literature (cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
  • Faust and Frankenstein
  • Literary Responses to the Holocaust (cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
  • Jewish Culture and History in Eastern Europe (co-taught w/Gabriel Finder)
  • Elementary Yiddish Language and Culture


The Discourse on Yiddish in German Literature from the Enlightenment to the Second Empire (Camden House, 2000)

Translator, Christian Wiese. The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas. Brandeis UP 2007.

Co-editor, with Petra Ernst and Ulrich Wyrwa. The Great War: Reflections, Experiences and Memories of German and Habsburg Jews (1914 - 1918). Spec. Issue of: Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History: Journal of Fondazione CDEC. N. 9 October 2016; url:

Book Manuscripts in Progress

The Yiddish Turn in German Jewish Culture: A Study in Translation and Knowledge of the East


Select articles

“Vom Schtetl zum Ghetto. Oder wie man einst in Deutschland die jiddische Kultur(v)erkannte.” Konzepte von Ehre und Anerkennung aus diversitätstheoretischer Perspektive, edited by Christine Kanz und Ulrike Stamm. Film – Medium – Diskurs Series. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2017 (forthcoming).

“France as Wahlheimat for Two German Jews: Heinrich Heine and Walter Benjamin,” under submission for a volume on the subject of Wahlheimat/Spiritual/Elective Homelands, ed. Richard I. Cohen and Asher Biemann.

“Heine’s Disparate Legacies: A Response to Jeffrey Sammons,” Nexus 3: Essays in  German Jewish Studies. Ed. William C. Donahue and Martha Helfer.  Special Section on Heinrich Heine. 2017: 41-48.

“Yiddish Writers / German Models in the Early Twentieth Century,” German Jewish Transnationalism, ed. Leslie Morris and Jay Howard Geller, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2016. 66-90.

“From Shtetl to Ghetto: Recognizing Yiddish in the Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums,” in Naharaim: Zeitschrift für deutsch-jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte Spec. Section: Yiddish-German relations. 10.2 (December 2016) 215-244.

“The Yiddish-German Connection: New Directions,” Poetics Today. 36:1.2 (June 2015) 59-110.

“The Dilemmas of Translation: Cultural Politics, German Jewish Identities, and Yiddish Literature around World War I,” European-Jewish Literatures and World War One, ed. Petra Ernst, vol. 1 of the Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies, Jahrbuch für europäisch-jüdische Literaturstudien 1 (2014): 78-99.

“Romanticism Rejected and Recovered: Heine and Germanistik in the Early Post-War Federal Republic of Germany,” Seminar: Spec. Issue: The New German Romanticism 50.3 (2014): 353-378.

“The Invention of Love? Or How Moyshe Leyb Halpern Read Heinrich Heine,” Leket: Yiddish Studies Today, ed. Marion Aptroot, Efrat Gal-Ed, R. Gruschka, S. Neuberg. Yiddish: Editions and Research Series. Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf UP, 2012. 129-52. [Discussed in the review of the volume in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 5 December 2012, p. N3]

“Émigré Intellectuals, Memory and the View of Kafka as Prophet of the Holocaust,”Journal of the Kafka Society of America: New International Series 36 (2011-2012): 38-49.

“The Business of Memory: German Jewish Studies Today: Review Article,” Monatshefte 103.4 (2011)

“Translation and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Germany and North America,” in Trans-lation – Trans-nation – Trans-formation: Übersetzen und jüdische Kulturen, ed. Petra Ernst, Hans-Joachim Hahn, Daniel Hoffmann, Dorothea Salzer. Hanover, Germany: Studienverlag  2012. 167-80.

“Heinrich Heine, Berthold Auerbach, and the Question of Bildung in German and German Jewish Culture,” Yearbook of the Duke German Jewish Studies Workshop, ed. William C. Donahue and Martha Helfer,” Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies 1 (2011): 85-107.

“Fractured Histories: Heinrich Heine’s Responses to Violence and Revolution,” in Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Ed. Carl Niekerk and Stefani Engelstein. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 79. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. 2010. 67-87.

“Das Fortleben des Jiddischen vor und nach 1945: Übersetzungen und Transformationen,“ in Dialog der Disziplinen: Jüdische Studien und Literaturwissenschaft. Ed. Eva Lezzi and Dorothea Seltzer. Minima Judaica 6. Berlin: Metropol-Verlag, 2009. 77-104.

“Pictures of Travel: Heine in America,” in German Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Reception, Adaptation, Transformation, ed. Lynne Tatlock and Matthew Erlin. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005.

“‘Die Beherrschung der Sprache’: Funktionen des Jiddischen in der deutschen Kultur von Heine bis Frenzel.” In: 1848 und das Versprechen der Moderne. Ed. Jürgen Fohrmann and Helmut Schneider. Königshausen und Neumann, 2003. 165-178.

“Heine and Jewish Culture: The Poetics of Appropriation.” In: A Companion to Heinrich Heine, ed. Roger Cook. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2002. 251-282.

“From East to West: Translating Y. L. Peretz in Early 20th-Century Germany.” In Orality, Textuality, and the Materiality of Jewish Tradition: Representations and Transformations, ed. Israel Gershoni and Yaakov Elman. New Haven: Yale UP. 2000. 278-309.

“Wilhelm von Humboldt's Linguistic Ideology: The Problem of Pluralism and the  Absolute Difference of National Character - Or, where do the Jews fit in?” German Studies Review 20.1 (1997): 23-47.

“The Reception of Walter Benjamin in the Anglo-American Literary Institution.” The German Quarterly 65.3-4 (1992): 414-428.

Book Reviews

Review of Sven-Erik Rose, Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789-1848. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2014. 381 pp. Monatshefte, 108.3 (Fall 2016): 417-420.

Review of Jan Scheithauer, “Land der Philister”—”Land der Freiheit.” Jüdische, deutsche und französische Identitäten beim jungen Heine. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2013. Monatshefte 107.1 (Spring 2015).

Review of Dietmar Goltschnigg and Hartmut Steinecke, eds., Heine und die Nachwelt Geschichte seiner Wirkung in den deutschsprachigen Ländern. Texte und Kontexte, Analysen und Kommentare, 1856-2006. 3. vols. Berlin: Erich Schmidt: 2006-2011. In Monatshefte 104.3 (2012).

Review of Paul Reitter, The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siècle Europe. Chicago and London: U of Chicago P, 2008, in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Winter 2010 issue, vol. 28, no. 2.

Review of Jonathan M. Hess, Germans, Jews and The Claims of Modernity. New Haven: Yale UP,  2002. Modern Language Review 100.3 (2005): 860-62.

Review of Contemporary Jewish Writing in German: An Anthology, ed. Leslie Morris and Karen Remmler. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2002.  Colloquia Germanica (Spring 2005).

Review of Adam Sutcliffe, Judaism and Enlightenment. Ideas in Context Series. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.  Published by (April 2004).

Awards, Grants and Honors

DAAD Research Award (Re-Visitation Program), 2011

Sesquicentennial Research Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2010-2011

Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellow, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 2006-2007

NEH Fellow, Summer Institute, “German & European Studies in the U.S.: Changing World, Shifting Narratives,” organized by U of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005         

Mead Endowment Teaching Award, 2003           

Fulbright Fellow, German Studies Seminar: “History and Memory: Jewish     
Present and Past in Germany,” 2000

Fellow, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1995-1996

Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Grant – Israel Junior Researcher Award (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), 1992-1994

University of Texas Continuing Graduate Fellowship, 1991-1992

DAAD - Dissertation Research in Federal Republic of Germany, 1989-1990

University of Texas Continuing Graduate Fellowship, 1988-1989

Julia Gutterman


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Ingeborg Harms

Janette Hudson

Professor Emeritus

Gina Hutton

Travel and Events Administrator


New Cabell Hall, Room 258A

William E. Jackson

Associate Professor Emeritus

Werner Jung

Volker Kaiser

Associate Professor


New Cabell Hall, Room 237

Office Hours:

Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and by appointments

  • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University


German literature and philosophy from the later 18th to the 20th century, literary theory, German intellectual history


Das Echo jeder Verschattung. Figur und Reflexion bei Rilke, Benn Und Celan.  Passagen-Verlag:  Wien, 1993.

Risus Mortis and Strange Angels: Brechts Gedichte und Benjamins Kommentar.  Mannheimer kultur- und literaturwissenschaftliche Studien. St. Ingbert 2001.


“The Sounds of Music: Listening to Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and Kafka.” (under review)

“Political Lace.  Heinrich Heine’s Deutschland.  Ein Wintermärchen.”  (under review)

"On Poetic Autobiography: Reading Brecht's "Erinnerung an die Maria A.", in Rethinking Autobiography, ed. by Manfred Schneider and Volker Kaiser (edition in progress)

 “’Fortress Europe’: Racism and Ethnocentrism in Europe in the Fascist and the Postwar Era.” In  Perspectives on Europe: Literary, Cultural and Historical Explorations, ed. by Frank Degler, Roehrig Verlag, St. Ingbert 2008. 

 “Rethinking Autobiography” In: Scripts As/For Life, ed. by Manfred Schneider and Volker Kaiser (edition in progress)

“Adornos Sehnsucht.”  In 1.Jahresband des deutschsprachigen Forschungszentrums für Philosophie, hg. von Mirko Wischke. Universitätsverlag Olomouc:  Olomouc 2005, 199-214.

 “Epistemological Breakdown and Passionate Eruption: Reading Kleist’s Die Verlobung in St. Domingo.”  In Studies in Romanticism. Special Issue on Readings in German Romanticism, ed. by Michel Chaouli.  Boston 2003, 341-367.

“Karl Marx:  Darstellung und Kritik als Versprechen zur Moderne.”  In Jürgen Fohrmann (ed.), 1848, 1949 und das Versprechen zur Moderne.  Würzburg:  Könighausen & Neumann, 2003, 65-84.

“Rewriting the Oedipal Scene.  Image and Discursivity in Wim Wender’s Journey Until the End of the World,” in philosophies of the visible, ed. By Wilhelm S. Wurzer.  Continuum:  New York & London, 2002, 155-165.)  Co-authored by Robert Leventhal.

“Goethes ‘Ich’ und das Subjekt der Dichtung.  Zur Genealogie des Gedichts ‘Auf dem See.’  In Goethe-Yearbook 2002, 197-211.

“Rückkehr des Unbekannten.  Reflexionen aus Amerika.”  In Kultur/Revolution, hg. von Jürgen Link, Heft 9 (September 2001).  Co-authored by Marianne Schuller.

“Der Haken der Auslegung.  Zur Lektüre von Kleists Die Verlobung in St. Domingo.”  In:  Anthenäum.  Jahrbuch für Romantik, vol. 7 (1997), 193-210.
“Der Phall Brecht.  Eine andere Lektüre vom armen B.B.”  In: The Brecht Yearbook 19 (1994), 203-223.
“Poeticizing the Enlightenment.  Kant’s Question-Rorty’s Response.”  In:  Impure Reason.  Dialectic of Enlightenment in Germany, ed. by W. Daniel Wilson and Robert C. Holub.  Detroit:  Wayne State University Press, 1993, 87-105.
“Remarks on the Symbolic Third.  A Response to Vincent Crapanzano’s ‘The Postmodern Crisis.’”  In:  Discussing the Postmodern, ed. by Ravindra S. Khare.  New York/London: University of America Press, 1993.
“Die Katastrophe der Repräsentation.  Überlegungen zum figurativen Sprechen in Rilkes Dichtung.”  Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift 65 (1991): 695-716.

Awards, Grants and Honors

Summer Research Grant, UVa College of Arts & Sciences, 2006  and 2007

Sesquicentennial Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Virginia, January-December 1997, and January - August 2003

Fourth Year Fellowship for Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Fall Semester 1991,

Faculty Summer Research Grant, University of Virginia, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1996

Dean’s Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 1987

Gilman Tuition Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 1982-1987

DAAD Fellowship, University of Hamburg, 1985-1986

The German Society of Maryland, 1985

Roulston Award, The Johns Hopkins University, 1984

Fulbright Grant, 1981-1982, University of Minnesota and Ohio State University

Sandy Kendrick

Student Affairs Administrator


New Cabell Hall, Room 258

Mona Koerte

Mona Koerte

Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin and Technische Universität, Berlin

Sigrid Lange

Hans-Thies Lehmann

William Little

Professor Emeritus

William Little

Professor Emeritus

William Little

Professor of German and Music Emeritus

Gudrun Loster-Schneider

Universitat of Mannheim

Lorna Martens

Professor of German and Comparative Literature


New Cabell Hall, Room 239

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1976
  • M.Phil. in Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1973
  • B.A. in German Literature, Reed College, 1969


Comparative literature 18th-20th centuries, modern German and Austrian literature, women's studies, GDR literature, poetry, narrative and narrative theory, cognitive approaches to literature


  • Cognitive Approaches to Literature
  • Narrative Theory
  • Autobiography and Autobiography Theory
  • Turn-of-the-Century Literature
  • Freud and Others
  • German Expressionism and its European Contexts
  • Lyric Poetry 
  • Women Writers: Women on Women


  • Modern Poetry:  Rilke, Valéry, Stevens
  • Literary Theory
  • Freud and Literature
  • Kafka and His Doubles
  • Women, Childhood, Autobiography
  • Narratives of Childhood


The Promise of Memory: Childhood Recollection and its Objects in Literary Modernism (Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2011).

(On adult memories of childhood; Proust, Rilke, Benjamin.)

The Promised Land? Feminist Writing in the German Democratic Republic (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001), 273 pp.
(A Women's Studies title.)

Shadow Lines: Austrian Literature from Freud to Kafka (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996), 291pp.
(Literary analysis of major writers of the 1890-1924 period.)

The Diary Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), 307pp.
(First history of the diary novel, concentrating on French, German, and English works; some Russian and Scandinavian; genre theory; interpretations of major works by writers such as Defoe, Gide, Rilke, Frisch, Butor, and Doris Lessing.)



“Mood, Voice, and the Question of the Narrator in Third-Person Fiction,” Narrative 25:2 (May 2017), 182-202.  


"Framing an Accusation in Dialogue: Kafka’s Letter to His Father and Sarraute’s Childhood.” European Journal of Life Writing[Online], 5 (2016): MC61-MC76. Web. 28 Nov. 2016

 “‘The Words at My Back’:  Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and the Power of Discourse,” in Critical Insights:  The Woman Warrior, ed. Linda Trinh Moser and Kathryn West (Amenia, NY:  Grey House Publishing, 2016), pp. 109-124.

“The Truth Criteria of Autobiography: Doris Lessing and Telling the Truth,” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 29.2, 319-340 (2014).

"Gender, Psychoanalysis, and Childhood Autobiography: Christa Wolf's Kindheitsmuster," in From Kafka to Sebald: Modern Civilization and Narrative Form, ed. Sabine Wilke (New York: Continuum, 2012) 145-165.

"Nostalgia and Childhood Autobiography," in The Proceedings of Eleventh Cultural Studies Symposium "Memory and Nostalgia" (Izmir: Ege University Publishing House, 2009): 193-208.

"Constructing Interiority in Eighteenth-Century Narrative Fiction:  Wieland's Geschichte des Agathon," in  German Quarterly 81.1 (2008): 49-65.

"Ich-Verdoppelung und Allmachtsphantasien in Texten des frühen Hofmannsthal:  'Erlebnis', Das Bergwerk zu Falun, 'Reitergeschichte,'" in Sprachkunst 33 (2002): 215-238.

"The Institutionalization of Conflict as an Interpretative Strategy in Freud's Interpretation of Dreams," in Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest, ed. Janet Lungstrum and Elizabeth Sauer (Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1997), pp. 129-151.

"Naked Bodies in Schnitzler's Late Prose," in "Die Seele ist ein  weites Land":  Kritische Beiträge zum Werk Arthur  Schnitzlers, ed. Joseph P. Strelka (Bern:  Lang, 1997), pp. 107-129.

“'Der Schwung der Figur': Rilke's Debt to Valéry," Comparative Literature 47 (1995): 215-234.

"Kunst und Gewalt: Bemerkungen zu Hofmannsthals Ästhetik," Austriaca, 37 (1993): 155-165.

"A Dream Narrative: Schnitzler's 'Der Sekundant,'" Modern Austrian Literature, 23, Nr. 1 (1990), 1-17.

"Art, Freedom, and Deception in Kafka's 'Ein Bericht für eine Akademie,'" Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, 61 (1987), 720-732.

"Musil and Freud:  The Foreign Body in 'Die Versuchung der stillen Veronika,'" Euphorion, 81 (1987), 100-118.

"The Theme of the Repressed Memory in Hofmannsthal's Elektra," The German Quarterly, 60 (1987), 38-51.

"Geschlecht und Geheimnis:  Expressive Sprache bei Stefan Zweig," in Stefan Zweig heute,  ed. Mark H. Gelber (New York: Peter Lang, 1987), pp. 44-65.

"Autobiographical Narrative and the Use of Metaphor:  Rilke's Techniques in Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge," Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 9 (1985), 229-249.

"Saying 'I'", Stanford Literature Review, 2 (1985), 27-46.

"Mirrors and Mirroring: 'Fort/da' Devices in Texts by Rilke, Hofmannsthal, and Kafka," Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, 58 (1984), 139-155.

"Secrets, Speech, and Silence: Stefan Zweig's Concept of Expressive Language," Hebrew University Studies in Literature, 10 (1982), 181-207.

“Irreversible Processes, Proliferating Middles, and Invisible Barriers: Spatial Metaphors in Freud, Schnitzler, Musil, and Kafka," in Focus on Vienna 1900, ed. Erika Nielsen, Houston German Studies 4 (München: Fink, 1982), 46-57.

"Empty Center and Open End: The Theme of Language in Michel Butor's L'Emploi du temps," PMLA, 96 (1981), 49-63.


Book Reviews

Review Articles

The Wall in My Backyard:  East German Women in Transition, edited by Dinah Dodds and Pam Allen-Thompson  (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994) and Helen H. Frink, Women After Communism:  The East German Experience (Lanham, Maryland:  University Press of America, 2001), Signs 29 (2004), 939-942.

"The Hellenistic Age of Narratology" (reviewing Ann Fehn, Ingeborg Hoesterey, and Maria Tatar, eds., Neverending Stories: Toward a Critical Narratology)Semiotica 109-1/2  (1996): 187-93.


Barbara L. Surowska, Auf Rilkes Wegen.  Warshauer Studien zur Kultur-und Literaturwissenschaft, ed. Karol Sauerland.  (Frankfurt a.M.:  Lang, 2012).  Forthcoming in Arbitrium.

Leeder, Karen and Robert Vilain, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Rilke. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.  German Quarterly 84.4 (2011) 513-515.

Silke von der Emde.  Entering History:  Feminist Dialogues in Irmtraud Morgner's Prose.  Bern:  Peter Lang, 2004.  German Quarterly 79.1 (2006), 123-4.

Cheryl Dueck.  Rifts in Time and in the Self:  The Female Subject in Two Generations of East German Women Writers.  Amsterdamer Publikationen zur Sprache und Literatur, vol. Cola Minis and Arend Quak, eds.  (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004), in Seminar 42:1 (2006), 90-92.

Henk De Berg, Freud's Theory and Its Use in Literary and Cultural Studies:  An Introduction (Rochester, NY:  Camden House, 2003), inGerman Quarterly, 77 (2004), 115-116.

Timothy J. Casey, A Reader's Guide to Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus (Galway:  Arlen House, 2001), in Journal of English and Germanic Philology 102:3 (July 2003), 417-419.

Judith Ryan, Rilke, Modernism, and Poetic Tradition (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1999), in Modern Language Quarterly65:1 (2002), 126-130.

Massimo Cacciari, Posthumous People:  Vienna at the Turning Point, trans. Rodger Friedman, in German Quarterly, 73 (2000), 215-216.

Karl Eibl, Kritisch-rationale Literaturwissenschaft, in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 10 (1983), 392-98.

Expressionism Reconsidered, ed. Gertrud Pickar & Karl Eugene Webb, in German Quarterly, 54 (1981), 237-8.

Karl Ludwig Pfeiffer, Sprachtheorie, Wissenschaftstheorie und das Problem der Textinterpretation: Untersuchungen am Beispiel des New Criticism und Paul Valérys, in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 6 (1979), 405-10.

Frederick Will, The Fact of Literature, in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 5 (1978), 133-37.

Awards, Grants and Honors

Page Barbour grant for “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Memory” conference (2016)

University of Virginia Summer Grant 2013

Arts and Sciences Support for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, April-May 2013

Faculty Research Grant, University of Virginia 2007

Sesquicentennial Associateship 1993-94, 1999-2000, 2005-06, 2012-2013

Fulbright Senior Fellowship to Berlin 1994-95

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1987-88

Summer Institute for the Study of Avant-Gardes, Harvard, 1987

Yale University Senior Faculty Fellowship, 1984-85

Morse Fellowship, 1981-82

DAAD Fellowship for dissertation research in Germany 1974-75

Yale University Fellowship 1970-73

Fulbright Grant to Germany 1969-70

Woodrow Wilson Fellow 1969-70

Phi Beta Kappa 1969

William C. McDonald



New Cabell Hall, Room 229

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and by appointments

  • Ph.D. Ohio State
  • M.A., Wayne State University
  • B.E., Wayne State University


Medieval German literature, German pedagogy

I teach composition and conversation for majors and minors; Middle High German and courtly romance for graduate students.


Whose Bread I Eat: The Song-Poetry of Michel Beheim

The Tristan Story in German Literature of the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance

Arthur and Tristan: On the Intersection of Legends in German Medieval Literature


"King Mark: Gottfried’s Version of the Ovidian Husband-Figure?” Forum for Modern Language Studies, 14 (1978).

"Concerning Ambiguity as the Poetic Principle in Kürenberg’s ‘Falcon Song’,” Euphorion, 72 (1978): 314-322.

"The Maiden in Hartmann’s ‘Der arme Heinrich’: Enite redux?” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschriftfür Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 53 (1979): 35-48.

 Concerning  Oswald von Wolkenstein’s ‘Wie vill ich sing und tichte’ (Klein 23) as Religious Autobiography,” Jahrbuch der Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, 2 (1982/83): 267-286.

“A Pauline Reading of Der Wilde Alexander’s ‘Kindheitslied’,” Monatshefte, 76 (1984): 156-175.

’Too Softly a Gift of Treasure’: A Rereading of the Old
High German ‘Hildebrandslied’,” Euphorion, 78 (1984): 1-16.

The ‘Nobility of Soul’: Uncharted Echoes of the Peraldean Tradition in Late Medieval German Literature,” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 60 (1986):543-571.

“The Fool Stick: Concerning Tristan’s Club in the German Eilhart Tradition,” Euphorion, 82 (1988): 127-149.

“Aspects of Time in Hartmann’s ‘Der Arme Heinrich’,” Monatshefte, 80 (1988): 430-443.

“The Boar Emblem in Gottfried’s ‘Tristan’,” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 92 (1991): 159-178.

“King Mark, the Holy Penitent: Ona Neglected Motif in the Eilhart Literary Tradition,”Zeitschrift fürdeutsches Altertum, 120 (1991): 393-418.

 “Observations on the Language of Courtesy in the ‘Iwein’ of Hartmann von Aue,” The Ring of Words in Medieval Literature (1993): 219-256.

Reprint of my article “Gottfried von Strassburg: ‘Tristan” and the Arthurian Tradition” (1989) in the volume Tristan and Isolde: A Casebook,ed. Joan T. Grimbert (1994): 147-185.

“Tristan, der je manheit wielt: Heinrich von Freiberg’s  ‘Tristan’ as Emblem of Medieval Masculinity,” Tristania , 19 (1999): 97-113.

“Mythos Eulenspiegel—Sieg eines zwitterhaften Listreichen,” Verführer, Schurken, Magier, ed. Wunderlich and Müller (2001): 227-241.  Series: Medieval Myths.

“The Likeness of a Lady: Concerning the Interior of the Hero’s Shield in the ‘Erec’ of Hartmann von Aue, Leuvense Bijdragen, 90 (2001): 403-418.

Nû  bewegete der vrouwen smerze/ Êrecke sô gar sîn herze (Erec, 8334-5): Apropos Hartmann’s Compassionate Knights,“ Mediävistik, 16 (2003):101-121.

 "Turnus in Veldeke’s Eneide: The Effects of Violence,“ in Violence in Medieval Courtly Literature: A Casebook, ed. A. Classen(New York & London: Routledge, 2004): 83-95.

“Ěrec der wunderære: On Epithet as Exegesis inHartmann’s Erec,“ Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 105 (2006): 257-274.

“Diu rîche vrouwe Didô (v. 7558): Dido as Exemplar in the Erec-Romance of Hartmann von Aue,“ Orbis Litterarum. 62 (2007): 483-519.

Reprint of “The Boar Emblem in Gottfried’s Tristan,“ in Classical and Medieval Literary Criticism, Volume 96 =CMLC-96), 2008.

“Erec der wunderaere, Tristan der wunderaere: Concerning the Derivation of an Epithet in the Tristan of Gottfried von Strassburg,“ Studi Medievali , L (2009):191-202.

“Michel Beheim’s Literary Assault on the ‘Sin against Nature.’ A Neglected 15-Century Text on Sodomy,” Daphnis, 38 (2009): 399-420.

"Concerning the Use and Abuse of a Medieval Statue in Germany from 1920-1940. The Case of the Bamberger Reiter,” Perspicuitas: Internet-Periodicum für mediävistische Sprach-Literatur-und Kulturwissenschaft (2010).

“Armed Conflict as a Deadly Sin: Michel Beheim’s Verses on Wrath” (1457-ca. 1470).”  In War and Peace: New Perspectives in European History and Literature700-1800, ed. Margolis and Classen (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2011).

Book Reviews

Some 40 Reviews in, among others: 
Monatshefte, Colloqua Germanica, Schatzkammer, Semasia, Fifteenth-Century Studies, German Quarterly, Speculum, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Tristania, Mediaevistik, and Modern Language Notes

Awards, Grants and Honors

NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2005-8
Learning Assessment Grant, several times
Sesquicentennial Associate
Editor of the academic periodical Fifteenth-Century Studies; Editorial Board for Tristanis.

Christina Neuhaus


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Stefanie Parker

New Cabell Hall, Room 217

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Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., and by appointment

Anne-Kathrin Reulecke

Technische Universitat - Berlin

Gabriele Riedle

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Cora Schenberg

Assistant Professor


New Cabell Hall, Room 235

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Mondays 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and by appointment

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.A., Middlebury College
  • B.A. Vassar College


Autobiography, memoir, GDR literature, Lyric Judaic studies, feminist theory/ies

  • Intensive Elementary German
  • German for Reading Knowledge
  • “Kinderliteratur” (in German)
  • “Dreams and Fairy Tales” (in English)
  • “Autobiography, Memoir and Memory-Making” (in English)
  • German Lyric Poetry (in German)
  • Advanced Grammar


Poetry in current (October 11) issue of The Delmarva Review

Plays produced at Live Arts Theater (August 2010 and July 2011)

Essays published in Brain Child magazine; The Utne ReaderThe Hook, the Virginia

Foundation for the Humanties’ Tough Times Companion, and read over NPR


Awards, Grants and Honors

Writer’s Digest Magazine Writing Competition: Prize for feature writing, 2006

Middlebury-Mainz Fellowship, 1980

The Lilian L. Stroebe Prize for Excellence in German, Vassar College, May 1978

Thomas Schestag

Marcel Schmid

Assistant Professor

Office Hours:



German Romanticism, Contemporary German Literature, History of Technology, Media History, German Life Reform Movement


Autopoiesis und Literatur. Die kurze Geschichte eines endlosen Verfahrens, Bielefeld: transcript 2016.

Reviewed in 1. New Books in German, April 2018; 2. Kleist Jahrbuch 2017; 3. Monatshefte, Vol. 109, No. 4 2017.

Die Literatur der Lebensreform. Kulturkritik und Aufbruchstimmung um 1900, Bielefeld: transcript 2016 (co-edited with Thorsten Carstensen).

Reviewed in 1. Zeitschrift für Germanistik XXVII, No. 3 2017; 2. Monatshefte, Vol. 109, No. 3, 2017; 3. Scienzz Magazin: (12. 2016); 4. Literaturkritik: (03.2017); 5. Bayerisches Jahrbuch für Volkskunde 2017; 6. German Quarterly, 90.4, 2017.

Book Manuscript under Review


Transparent Texts. Self-referentiality and Self-reflexivity in Literature. (co-edited special book issue with Florian Lippert). Under review by Brill /Rodopi, series: Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft.


Book Manuscript in Progress


The Case of Christian Kracht: Authorship, Irony, and Globalism. (co-edited book project with Jerome Bolton and Immanuel Nover). In Progress, proposal accepted by German Monitor (Brill).

Manfred Schneider

Ruhr-Universitat Bochum

Helmut Schneider

Marianne Schuller

Universitat Hamberg

Rebekah Slodounik

Assistant Professor

New Cabell Hall, Room 217

Rebekah Slodounik, Assistant Professor, earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Virginia in 2016.

Her research focuses on the transmission of Holocaust memory through narrative in German Jewish and American Jewish post-Holocaust literature.  In addition to Jewish Studies and Holocaust Studies, her research employs narrative theory.  At the University of Virginia, Ms. Slodounik has taught all levels of the language sequence, as well as a course on the literature of the Holocaust in English translation and a course on fairy tales in English translation.  In January 2016, she served as the Faculty Director for the University of Virginia in Berlin January Term Program on "Berlin and the Geography of Memory."  In Fall 2016, Ms. Slodounik was a Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.  At William and Mary, Ms. Slodounik taught German 1010 and an upper-level advanced German literature course on German Jewish literature from 1890-1933.


Walter Sokel

Walter Sokel

Professor Emeritus (Deceased 2/2014)

In Memoriam

Walter H. Sokel (1917-2014, February 21, 2014,) was Commonwealth Professor of German Literature at the University of Virginia from 1973 until his retirement in 1994.  He escaped from his native Austria in 1938, the year of its annexation by Nazi Germany, and made his way to the United States where, in due time, he became a leading member of that generation of immigrant Jewish intellectuals whose impact on the American university system can be felt even today.  His main focus as a scholar and writer was modern European literature.  His first book, The Writer in Extremis (1959), was a pioneering work, and is still a definitive work, on German expressionism.  His later writing deals with the work of a great many authors, but he is best known as one of the four or five major figures, worldwide, in the field of Kafka studies, to which his principal contributions are the books Franz Kafka:  Tragik und Ironie (1964) and The Myth of Power and the Self:  Essays on Franz Kafka (2002).  His courses at Virginia, as one might expect, were always authoritative and demanding.  But they were also always brilliantly engaging, and he was widely acknowledged to be one of the University’s best teachers.  At the end of one undergraduate course, in which he had discussed Nietzsche’s idea of “eternal return,” his students presented him with a bouquet of flowers and a note expressing hope for an “eternal return” of his courses.  In the German Department (and in the English Department, with which he became officially affiliated in 1980) he was known as an exceptionally friendly and conscientious colleague and a tireless worker for his graduate students.  He is still remembered by many at Virginia as a loyal friend.

Ulrike Stamm

Humboldt-Universitat Berlin

Ulrike Stamm

Humboldt Universität, Berlin

Uwe Steiner

Gordon Stewart

Professor Emeritus


  • Ph.D., German, The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), 1971
  • M.A., German, The Johns Hopkins University, 1966
  • B.A., German, Union College, 1965


Liberal arts education, literary history, German-American literary relations

  • Berlin in German Life and Letters (GETR 2770)
  • Faust in Translation (GETR 2400)
  • German Culture 1900-1945
  • Germany Today (GETR 2000)
  • Goethe in Translation
  • Readings in Mediterranean Literature (USEM 1580)
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Berlin and Munich (GETR  2559)
  • 20th Century German Literature


The Literary Contributions of Christoph Daniel Ebeling, Amsterdam: Editions RODOPI, 1978


“Christoph Daniel Ebeling, Hamburger Pädagoge und seine Briefe an Charles Burney,” Zeitschrift des Vereins für Hamburgische Geschichte, 61(1975), 33-58.

“Christoph Daniel Ebeling: American’s Friend in Eighteenth-Century Germany,” Monatshefte, 68(1976) 151-161

“Eighteenth-Century German Literature and Central Virginia: The Hessian Connection,” Longwood College Colloquium (Farmville, VA, 1978)

“Johann Diederich Gries und Jena’s Gesellschaft der Freien Männer,” Colloquia Germanica, 4 (1979), 347-356.

“Johann Diederich Gries nimmt Abschied von Hamburg: ein autobiographischer Bericht,” Jahrbuch des Freien Deutschen Hochstifts, 1977, 150-168.

Awards, Grants and Honors

Chester A. Titus Award (Residence Life), 1997

Z Society Distinguished Faculty Award, 1990

Raven Society, 1990

UVa Faculty Research Fellowships, 1974 and 1975

Summer Research Fellowships, DAAD, 1973, 1977, and 1985

DAAD- German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (Hamburg), 1968-1969



Klaus Theweleit


Christina von Braun

Humboldt Universitat Berlin

Renate Voris

Professor Emeritus

Thomas Wegmann

Humboldt-Universitat Berlin

Chad Wellmon

Associate Professor


New Cabell Hall, Room 223

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment

  • Ph.D., German Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 2006
  • B.A., Political Philosophy and German Davidson College, Spring 1999


European Romanticism and Enlightenment, European Intellectual History, Media Studies, Social and Cultural Theory


  • German Intellectual History: Spinoza to Hegel
  • Romanticism and Critique
  • The Order of Enlightenment


  • Introduction to German Literature
  • The Idea of the University
  • European Romanticism
  • The Human Knowledge Project from Gutenberg to Google
  • The Death of God


Becoming Human: Romantic Anthropology and the Embodiment of Freedom (Penn State University Press, Series in Philosophy and Literature, 2010)

Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)


For more information on Professor Wellmon, visit his personal website.



“How the Philologist Became a Physician of Modernity: Nietzsche’s Lectures on German Education,” with Paul Reitter. Representations. 131:4 (2015): 68-104.

“See Page 481,” with Brad Pasanek, The Eighteenth Centuries, ed. David Gies and Cynthia Wall, forthcoming (University of Virginia Press).

“The Enlightenment Index,” with Brad Pasanek, forthcoming Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation 56:3 (Fall 2015): 357-380.

“Kant on the Discipline of Knowledge and the Unity of Knowledge,” forthcoming Performing Knowledge, ed. Mary Helen Dupie and Sean Franzel (Walter de Gruyter, Spring 2014).

“A Crisis of Purpose: Knowledge, Virtue and the University of the Future,” The Hedgehog Review 15:2 (Summer 2013): 79-91.

Why Google is Not Making us Stupid . . . Or Smart,” The Hedgehog Review 14:1 (Spring 2012): 64-78.

 “Touching Books: Diderot, Novalis and the Encyclopedia of the Future,” Representations 114:1 (2011): 65-102.

“Goethe’s Morphology of Knowledge, or the Overgrowth of Nomenclature,” Goethe Yearbook 17 (2010): 153-177.

“Kant and the Feelings of Reason,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 42:4 (2009): 557-580.

“Languages, Cultural Studies and the Future of Foreign Language Education,” Modern Language Journal (92:2) 2008: 292-295.

“From Bildung durch Sprache to Language Ecology. The Multilingual Challenge,” with Claire Kramsch. Münchener Arbeiten zur Fremdsprachenforschung 22 (2008): 215-225.

“Lyrical Feeling: Novalis’ Anthropology of the Senses,” Studies in Romanticism 47:4 (2008): 453-478.

“The Problem of Framing in Foreign Language Education: The Case of German,” with Claire Kramsch, Tes Howell and Chantelle Warner. Critical Inquiries in Language Studies. Fall 2007. 

Poesie as Anthropology: Schleiermacher, Colonial History and the Ethics of Ethnography,” The German Quarterly. Fall 79.4 (2006).

Book Reviews

Review of Louis Menand The Marketplace of Ideas and Mark Taylor Crisis on CampusThe Hedgehog Review 13:1 (2011): 88-91.

Revie Review of Stefani Engelstein, Anxious Anatomy, forthcoming Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography.

Review of John B. Lyon’s Crafting the Flesh, Crafting the Self, in German Studies Review, Winter 2008.

Review of Tom Gunning’s The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Modernity, in Medienwissenschaft Spring 2002.

Awards, Grants and Honors

NEH Summer Seminar, “The Study of Religion,” July 2011

ACLS Ryskamp Fellowship, Fall/Spring 2011-12

Sesqui Fellowship, University of Virginia, Fall 2010

All-University Teaching Award, UVa 2010

Mead Prize, University of Virginia Teaching Prize 2008

University of Virginia, Summer Research Grant, 2007 and 2008

Max Kade Prize, Awarded for Best Article of the Year in the German Quarterly 2007

University of Virginia, Educational Diversity Fellowship 2007

Georgetown University, Course Development Grant 2006

Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2005

Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2004

Social Science Research Council, Berlin Program Fellow 2005-2006 (declined)

Fulbright Scholar 2004-2005 (declined)

DAAD Fellowship 2004-2005 (declined)

Qui Parle (interdisciplinary journal of philosophy, literature and art) Editor, 2002-2004

Berkeley Language Center Fellow, 2002-2003

Frank Steinway Essay Award, UC Berkeley Department of German Best Essay Award for “Being-in-the-Metropolis: Ruttmann, Heidegger and Boredom,” 2001

Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, Davidson College, 1999

Davidson College Outstanding German Scholar Award, 1999

Stuart Scholar, 1997-1999

Floyd E. Moreland Fellowship for study at CUNY’s Greek Institute, 1997

Bonner Scholar, 1995-1999


Anne Zook

Financial and Personnel Administrator


New Cabell Hall, Room 253

Faculty List

Manuela Achilles

Associate Professor of German and History & Director of the Center for German Studies; Director of German Undergraduate Programs.

Dorothe Bach

Associate Director & Associate Professor, Center for Teaching Excellence

Benjamin Bennett

William R Kenan, Jr, Professor of German

Thomas W. Best

Professor Emeritus

Beth Bjorklund

Professor Emeritus

Paul Dobryden

Assistant Professor

Robin Ellis

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer

Gabriel Finder

General Faculty, Associate Professor and Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies

Jeffrey Grossman

Associate Professor and Chair

Janette Hudson

Professor Emeritus

William E. Jackson

Associate Professor Emeritus

Volker Kaiser

Associate Professor

William Little

Professor of German and Music Emeritus

Lorna Martens

Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Cora Schenberg

Assistant Professor

Marcel Schmid

Assistant Professor

Rebekah Slodounik

Assistant Professor

Walter Sokel

Professor Emeritus (Deceased 2/2014)

Gordon Stewart

Professor Emeritus

Renate Voris

Professor Emeritus

Chad Wellmon

Associate Professor