This April, the renowned writer Olga Grjasnowa and actor, playwright and director Ayham Majid Agha visited virtually a graduate seminar in German literature taught by Professor Sebastian Wogenstein. Grjasnowa’s critically acclaimed novels All Russians Love Birch Trees and City of Jasmin were a huge success in Germany and the US, as well as in many other countries. It was […]
Bettina Matthias, Professor of German at Middlebury College and Director of the well-known Middlebury summer school, presented her research on hotel studies on February 6th, highlighting an under-analyzed section in travel literatures with a talk entitled “Narratives from Rented Rooms: The Literary Fascination with Hotels and Their Dwellers in Early 20th Century Germany and Austria.” […]
Fresh off the press: Prof. Bronner’s edited (with Björn Weyand) collection of articles on Christian Kracht: “Every new work by the Swiss author Christian Kracht further expands the topographical range of his literary settings, which gradually extend to encompass the entire globe. In this sense, Kracht’s work epitomizes world literature in a contemporary, provocative way: […]
Dr. Stefan Bronner joins us from Concordia University in Montréal as Assistant Professor in Residence in the German Studies Section. Here’s what he shared with us about his background and work: “I completed my Dr. phil. in Germanistik at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. My doctoral research led to the publication of the first monograph on the intensely discussed […]
Britta Meredith, Ph.D. candidate in German Studies, just published her article on sensory perception in one of Hans Fallada’s most famous novels in Volume 23 of the scholarly journal Focus on German Studies. Congratulations!
On April 27th, 22 German Studies students received award stipends for education abroad from the State of Baden-Württemberg, the German state’s regular and very generous contribution to the sister exchange between Connecticut and the South-Westernmost part of Germany. For a full list of awards, please see the program (FINAL PROGRAM DRAFT_2018_SPrev) that highlights our most outstanding […]
Friedemann Weidauer has an article forthcoming in the Brecht Yearbook (Vol. 43, 2018) on “Catharsis? Brecht, Chaplin and Empathy in Film and Theater.” The articles explores parallels between recent research in cognitive psychology on the reception of art and Brecht’s assessment of the role of empathy in his method of emotionally ‘distancing’ the spectator from the events on […]