Recent Dissertations


05.17.2017

Student Name: Jessica Kirzane
Dissertation Topic: The melting pot


05.08.2017

Student Name: Patrick Joseph Walsh
Dissertation Topic: The figure of the prophet in German literature around 1800


05.03.2017

Student Name: Hannes Bajohr
Dissertation Topic: History and metaphor: Hans Blumenberg’s theory of language


04.28.2017

Student Name: Tabea Weitz
Dissertation Topic: Modes of citation in Hermann Broch's Die Schuldlosen


04.05.2017

Student Name: Sophie Salvo
Dissertation Topic: The articulation of difference: imagining “Women’s Language” from 1650 to the present


05.18.2016

Student Name: Yuri Vedenyapin
Dissertation Topic: In the privacy of one’s own homelessness: the search for identity in twentieth-century Yiddish travelogues


10.19.2016

​​​​​​​Student Name: Dalia Inbal
Dissertation Topic: A handful of world: the figure of the hand in Franz Kafka’s writings


05.20.2015

​​​​​​​Student Name: Christoph Schaub
Dissertation Topic: Weimar contact zones: modernism, worker’s movement literature, and urban imaginaries


10.21.2015

​​​​​​​Student Name: Alexis Radisoglou
Dissertation Topic: Keeping time in place: modernism, political aesthetics, and the transformation of chronotopes in late modernity


10.21.2015

​​​​​​​Student Name: Arthur Salvo
Dissertation Topic: Transformations of the beautiful: beauty and instability in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German literature


10.21.2015

Student Name: Yvonne Zivkovic
Dissertation Topic: Between geopolitics and geopoetics: “Mitteleuropa” as a transnational memory discourse in Austrian and Yugoslav postwar literature


05.21.2014

Student Name: Tim Albrecht
Dissertation Topic: Confidence sans bound: staging trust and its vulnerabilities in Tieck, Kleist, Grillparzer, and Nietzsche


05.21.2014

Student Name: Kari Driscoll
Dissertation Topic: Toward a poetics of animality: Hofmannsthal, Rilke, Pirandello, Kafka


05.21.2014

Student Name: Adi Mihalelnh
Dissertation Topic: The radical years of I.L. Peretz


10.16.2013

Student Name: Brook Henkel
Dissertation Topic: Animistic fictions: German modernism, film, and the animation of things


05.22.2013

Student Name: Tyler Whitney
Dissertation Topic: Spaces of the ear: literature, media, and the science of sound, 1870-1930


10.17.2012

Student Name: Jennifer Cameron
Dissertation Topic: In the shadow of the family tree: narrating family history in Väterliteratur and the Generationenromane


10.17.2012

Student Name: Samuel Spinner
Dissertation Topic: Jews behind glass: the ethnographic impulse in German-Jewish and Yiddish literature, 1900-1948


10.17.2012

Student Name: Ulrike Wagner
Dissertation Topic: The transatlantic renewal of textual practices: philology, religion, and classicism in Madame de Stael, Herder, and Emerson


05.16.2012

Student Name: Annie Falk
Dissertation Topic: The imagination of the Jewish table in German and German-Jewish literatue, 1530-1914


05.16.2012

Student Name: Agnieszka Legutko
Dissertation Topic: Possessed by the other: Dybbuk possession and modern Jewish identity in twentieth-century Jewish literature and beyond


05.16.2012

Student Name: Julia Nordmann
Dissertation Topic: Childhood bonds: Günter Grass, Martin Walser, and Christa Wolf as writers of the Hitler youth generation in post-1945 and post-1989 Germany


05.16.2012

Student Name: Sarah Ponichtera
Dissertation Topic: Yiddish and the avant-garde in American Jewish poetry


10.19.2011

Student Name: Veronika Tuckerova
Dissertation Topic: Reading Kafka in Prague: the Reception of Franz Kafka between the East and the West during the Cold War


10.19.2011

Student Name: Alyssa Masor
Dissertation Topic: The Evolution of the Literary Neo-Hasid


02.11.2009

Student Name: Tomislav Zelic
Dissertation Topic: The Paradox of Sovereignty in Modern German History Plays


10.21.2009

Student Name: Jenelle Troxell
Dissertation Topic: Shock and Contemplation: Close Up and the Female Avant-Garde


02.11.2009

Student Name: Maria Grewe
Dissertation Topic: Estranging Poetic: on the Poetic of the Foreign in Select Works by Herta Muller and Yoko Tawada


10.21.2009

Student Name: Brian Hanrahan
Dissertation Topic: The Art of Actuality: Radio, Realism and the Hörfilm, 1924-1932


05.16.2007

Student Name: Naomi Kadar
Dissertation Topic: Far Di Kinders Vegn: Yiddish Periodicals for American Children, 1917-1950


05.16.2007

Student Name: Matthew Miller
Dissertation Topic: Literary Forms of Dialectics in the Works of Alexander Kluge and Heiner Müller


05.16.2007

Student Name: Robert Weston
Dissertation Topic: The Pedagogical Revolution: Karl Philipp Moritz, Philanthropismus and the Politics of Educational Reform 1776-1789


02.08.2006

Student Name: Silvia Beier
Dissertation Topic: Nobody's Voice: Constructions of Poetic Identity in Celan, Rilke and Bachmann


02.08.2006

Student Name: Luciana Castelo Branco
Dissertation Topic: Travel Writing and Religious Dissent: Hans Staden's Wahrhaftig Historia in Print


05.17.2006

Student Name: Mary Dupree
Dissertation Topic: Playing against Type: 'Actress-Writers' in German Literature and Culture, 1775-1815


02.09.2005

Student Name: Beatrice Caplan
Dissertation Topic: Orthodox Yiddish Literature in Interwar Poland


05.18.2005

Student Name: Devin Fore
Dissertation Topic: 'All the Graphs': Soviet and Weimar Documentary between the Wars


05.18.2005

Student Name: Rebecca Margolis
Dissertation Topic: Yiddish Literary Culture in Montreal, 1905-1940


02.09.2005

Student Name: Marc Miller
Dissertation Topic: The Poetics of the Immigrant Experience: Morris Rosenfeld's Sweatshop Poetry


05.18.2005

Student Name: Andrew Piper
Dissertation Topic: Moveable Type: Literature and Communication in the Early Nineteenth Century


10.16.2002

Student Name: Kathrin Maurer
Dissertation Topic: Representing History: Literary Realism and Historicist Prose in Nineteenth-Century Germany


10.16.2002

Student Name: Diana Reese
Dissertation Topic: Cataclysm of the Natural Form in the Literary Work of Mary Shelley and Heinrich von Kleist


10.16.2002

Student Name: Peter Schwartz
Dissertation Topic: After Jena: Historical Notes on Goethe's Elective Affinities


10.16.2002

Student Name: Dorothea von Moltke
Dissertation Topic: Freedom and Failure: an Exploration of the Laconic as Subjectivity and Aesthetics


10.17.2001

Student Name: Christoph Holzhey
Dissertation Topic: Paradoxical Pleasures in Aesthetics Masophobia, Sexual Difference, and E.T.A Hoffmann's Kater Murr


05.16.2001

Student Name: Sascha Lehnartz
Dissertation Topic: Spektakel und Spekulation - Walter Benjamins Pariser Passagen und die Geburt des Modernen Kapitalismus aus dem Geiste des Spiels


05.16.2001

Student Name: Bettina Warnke
Dissertation Topic: Reforming the New York Yiddish Theatre: the Cultural Politics of Immigrant Intellectuals and the Yiddish Press, 1887-1910


10.17.2001

Student Name: Keith Weiser
Dissertation Topic: The Politics of Yiddish: Noyek Prilutski and the Folkspartey in Poland, 1900-1926


10.18.2000

Student Name: Ellen Kellman
Dissertation Topic: The Newspaper Novel in The Jewish Daily Forward (1900-1940): Fiction as Entertainment and Serious Literature


05.17.2000

Student Name: Chenxi Tang
Dissertation Topic: Writing World History: the Emergence of Modern Global Consciousness in the Late Eighteenth Century (1760-1790)


05.19.1999

Student Name: Larson Powell
Dissertation Topic: The Nature of History: Society and Subjectivity in Modern German Literature


05.19.1999

Student Name: Jonathan Skolnik
Dissertation Topic: Whol Learns History from Heine? The German-Jewish Historical Novel as Cultural Memory and Minority Culture, 1824-1953.


10.15.1997

Student Name: Astrid Oesmann
Dissertation Topic: Revealing Gestures: the Modern Subject between Englightenment Discourse and Dramatic Form


05.21.1997

Student Name: Jan Schwarz
Dissertation Topic: "When the Lamp of Art Is Made to Shine Through Life's Foolscpa": a Study of the Yiddish Literary Autobiography