Author Archives: Department of German

Willi Goetschel

Professor of German and Philosophy Contact info w.goetschel@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 313 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2320 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Mon 4-5 pm Thu 2-3 pm Classes 2017-18 GER 300 Y Intermediate German (L0201), Tue & Thu 12-2 pm Background Ph.D. 1989 in German, Harvard University Lic.phil I[=M.Phil] 1982 in Philosophy, Universität Zürich President, Foundation Stiftung Dialogik www.dialogik.org General Editor, Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy www.bamidbar-journal.org Executive Editor, The Germanic Review Editorial Board, Weimarer Beiträge Editorial Board, Lessing Year Book Teaching Interests 18th to 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, German Jewish Culture, Critical Theory. Current Research Interests I am currently working on a project that examines the emergence of how modern philosophy theorizes difference, otherness, and alterity. The project called "Difference and Alterity in Modern Jewish Philosophy" is supported by a grant of the Social Sciences and Human Research Council. Insight Grant 2012-2018 My previous research project "The Question of Modernity" was supported by another grant of the Social Sciences and Human Research Council 2004-2009 and resulted in various essays and the book The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought. Books The ... Read More »

Michael Hager

Associate Professor of German Contact info michael.hager@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 324 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2325 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Tue 12-1 and by appointment Classes 2016-17 GER 200 Y Introduction to German II (L0201) Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 10-11 am GER 200 Y Introduction to German II (L0301) Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 11-12 noon GER 272H S Business German, Mon/Wed/Fri 12-1 pm Background Dr. Phil. Freie Universität Berlin 1988 Michael Hager is uniquely qualified because of his professional background in Second Language Acquisition and because of his work experience in the German business world. He lived and worked in Berlin for 20 years and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied German Linguistics at the Free University of Berlin. He also worked 14 years at Siemens AG in Berlin teaching English and German as a Second Language. Currently he is responsible for Business German in the German Department at the University of Toronto. Books Hager, Michael and Ulrike Brisson. 2006. Deutsch im Alltag. Toronto: Thomson. Hager, Michael. 2003. Deutsch im Berufsalltag, Boston: Thomson. Hager, Michael. 1994. Target Fluency. Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press. Articles Hager, Michael. 2007. "Teaching Intercultural Competence in Beginning German." Forum Deutsch, 18-23. ... Read More »

Hang-Sun Kim

Language Coordinator and Assistant Professor of German, Teaching Stream Contact info hangsun.kim@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 307 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2301 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Thu 1-3 & by appointment Classes 2017-18 GER 100Y1/*102Y1/101HS Introduction to German I (L0601), Mon/Wed 2-4 pm GER 300 Y Intermediate German (L0101), Mon/Wed 10-12 noon GER 220H S German literature in translation, Fri 2-4 pm CCR 199H S Cities, Real and Imagined, Wed 2-4 pm GER1820H F The Teaching and Learning of German, Thu 10-12 noon Background Ph.D. Harvard University 2012 I received my MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto and completed my doctoral work at Harvard in 2012. My dissertation examines Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s literary representation of the crisis of authorship at the turn of the 20th century. Focusing on Hofmannsthal’s fictional letters and poetological reflections, it explores the slippery relationship between the author and the medium of his art, the origin of the symbol, and the status of literature in an age of ever-growing media competition. My current research interests include foreign language pedagogy, turn-of-the-century Vienna, philosophy of language, philosophy of aesthetics, and contemporary translingual literature by ... Read More »

Christine Lehleiter

Associate Professor of German Contact info christine.lehleiter@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 318 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2322 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Mon 12 noon - 1 pm, Wed 4-5 pm Classes 2017 – 2018 GER 400H F Advanced German, Mon/Wed 10-12 noon GER 270H F Money and Economy, Mon 2-4 pm / Wed 3-4 pm GER 323H F Weimar Culture, Wed 1-3 pm GER 332H S Deviance - Madness - Outsiders, Mon 2-4 pm GER 1550H S Origins: Myths of Beginning in German Literature and Thought, Thu 12-2 pm Background Ph.D. Indiana University 2007 Selected Publications Books: Romanticism, Origins, and the History of Heredity. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014. 323 pages. Finalist, Novalis-Preis 2016 Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. 368 pages. The volume is available on Knowledge Unlatched    Articles and Book Chapters: “Equilibrium Lost and Regained: Joseph Gottlieb Koelreuter’s Attempts to Conceptualize Plant Hybridization.” The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 92:2 (2017): 125-142. “Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain – Thoughts on a Contentious Relationship.” Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific ... Read More »

Viktoriya Melnykevych

Sessional Lecturer Contact info v.melnykevych@utoronto.ca Office Hours Tue 1:00 - 3:00 Classes 2016-17 GER 6000HS Reading German for Graduate Students     Read More »

John Kenneth Noyes

Professor of German Contact info john.noyes@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 304 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone 416-926-2344 Office Hours TBA Classes 2017 – 2018 GER 205H S German Literature 1, Tue 12-2 pm / Thu 12-1 pm GER 320H F Age of Goethe, Wed 12-2 pm GER 411H F Critical Theory, Wed 3-5 pm CCR 199H F Common Humanity, Thu 10-12 noon GER1480H S Goethe’s Faust, Wed 3-5 pm Background Ph.D. Cape Town 1989 Recent Fellowships and Awards John K. Noyes, Herder: Aesthetics Against Imperialism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2015. Winner of Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures. National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for project The Legacy of Herder’s Theory of Cultural Difference and Universal Reason (2014) Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the legacy of Enlightenment (2016 and 2017) Forthcoming John K. Noyes, ed. Herder’s Essay on Being: A Translation and Critical Approaches. Camden House. Forthcoming 2017. Recent Books John K. Noyes, Herder: Aesthetics Against Imperialism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2015. Hans Schulte, John K. Noyes, Pia Kleber ... Read More »

Anna Shternshis

Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish and Diaspora Studies Contact info anna.shternshis@utoronto.ca Office Anne Tanenbaum CJS Jackman Humanities Building Room 218, 170 St. George Street Toronto, ON, M5R 2M8 Phone (416) 978 8131 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours TBA Classes 2017 – 2018 GER1050H F Methods and Texts in Yiddish Studies, Mon 1-3 pm Background Anna Shternshis holds the position of Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies and the director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctoral degree (D.Phil) in Modern Languages and Literatures from Oxford University in 2001. Shternshis is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 - 1939 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006) and When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). She is the author of over 20 articles on the Soviet Jews during World War II, Russian Jewish culture and post-Soviet Jewish diaspora. Together with David Shneer, Shternshis co-edits East European Jewish Affairs, the leading journal in the field of East European Jewish Studies. Current Courses Taught Russian and post-Soviet Jewish Culture and ... Read More »

Stefan Soldovieri

International Liaison and Associate Professor of German Contact info stefan.soldovieri@utoronto.ca St. George Campus Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 305 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone: 416-926-2341 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Thu 10 am-12noon Classes 2017-18 GER 310H S Contemporary Media, Tue 2-4 pm GER1771H F Topics in German Cinema Studies: Visions of the Anthropocene, Tue 2-6 pm Background Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison BA Duke University Freie Universität Berlin Universität Freiburg Teaching Interests German Cinema and Cinema Studies, 20th-21st Century German Literature and Cultural Studies, Cold War Culture, Popular Culture, The Future, Tactical German Studies Research Interests Remaking the Movies in German Cinemas: Art, Industry, Globalization The project opens up a new perspective on German cinema, examining the largely unappreciated role of the remake in the history of German cinemas from the beginnings of the medium in the mid-1890s to our multi-media and global present. Considering German reprises of domestic and international precursors, foreign reworkings of German classics, and concept films that self-consciously reflect on the idea of remaking itself, I explore the different modes of remaking as historically shifting and multivalent forms of cultural recycling. The remake phenomenon highlights the tensions between art and ... Read More »

Markus Stock

Chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Contact info markus.stock@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 320 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Phone: 416-926-2323 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2321 Office Hours Thu 10 am - 12 pm Classes 2017 – 2018 GER1200 / GER 426H F Medieval German, Fri 2-4 pm Background Dr. phil. University of Göttingen, 2000 Markus Stock teaches German language, literature, and culture of the Middle Ages at the University of Toronto. His additional teaching interests include German poetry from its beginnings to the present day as well as literary and cultural theory. He is cross-appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies, where he teaches courses on medieval German romance and heroic epic, philological methodology, and Old Saxon. His research is situated in medieval German literature and culture, with a focus on twelfth- and thirteenth-century epic and love poetry, the medieval reception of legends on Alexander the Great, medieval spatial practices, media history, and material philology. Markus Stock held invited visiting professorships at Harvard University and at the University of Freiburg. He was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Universities of Porto and Palermo and a Senior Research Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced ... Read More »