Recent Dissertations


October 2018

Student Name: Ross Schields
Dissertation Topic: Aggregate, System, Nexus: Theory of Aesthetic Modernism


October 2018

Student Name: Vincent Hessling
Dissertation Topic: Telling Technology. Contesting Narratives of Progress in Modernist Literature: Robert Walser, Paul Scheerbart, and Joseph Roth


February 2018

Student Name: Michael Lipkin
Dissertation Topic: Ways of Living: An Ethical Realism in the Prose of Gottfried Keller


February 2018

Student Name: Alyssa Greene
Dissertation Topic: Children of a Former Future: Writing the Child in Cold War and post-Cold War German-Language Literature


May 2017

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


May 2017

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


April 2017

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


April 2017

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


October 2016

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


May 2015

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


October 2015

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


October 2015

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


October 2015

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


May 2014

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


May 2014

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


October 2013

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


May 2013

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


October 2012

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


October 2012

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


May 2012

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


May 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


October 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


February 2009

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


October 2009

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


February 2009

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


October 2009

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


May 2007

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


May 2007

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


February 2006

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


February 2006

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


May 2006

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


May 2005

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


May 2005

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


October 2002

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


October 2002

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


October 2002

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


October 2002

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


October 2001

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


May 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


May 2000

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


May 1999

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


May 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.


October 1997

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