Author Archives: Department of German

John Zilcosky

Professor of German and Comparative Literature Contact info zilcosky@chass.utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 303 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Fax: 416-926-2329 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Tue 4-5 pm and by appointment (in my VIC office: NF 214) Classes 2017-18 GER 322H F Kafka in Context, Tue 2-4 pm COL 5125F Literature, Trauma, Modernity, Mon. 3-5 pm Background PhD, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania, 1998 Honorary President, ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory 
Research Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities (January 1st through December 31st, 2014) Editorial Board, Continuum Press (New Directions in German Studies series) Editorial Board, Legenda Books (Germanic Literatures series) Advisory Board, Oxford Kafka Research Centre (Oxford University) Current Research Interests I have just completed a book, Uncanny Encounters: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and the End of Alterity; this project was supported both by a twelve-month NEH fellowship (January through December 2014) and a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant (2013-2017). Kelly Rankin interviewed me about this for U of T News. Books Read More »

Yasmin Aly

Ph.D. Candidate Contact yasmin.aly@utoronto.ca Office Hours TBA Background My research focuses on German Orientalism in literature and film, in particular the representation of Arabs and the Middle East from the second half of the 20th century to the first decade of the 21st century. In addition to my research, I am very interested in German theatre and apart from integrating theater pedagogy in my courses, I also co-produced and co-directed two plays with the U of T German Drama Club: Die Niebelungen by Moritz Rinke in 2011, and Seifenblasen by Curt Goetz in 2013. Together with the Goethe-Institut in Toronto, I was able to organize several events for the graduate and undergraduate students of the German department, like professional development training for German language instructors in October 2012 and September 2013. We also invited German authors, musicians and storytellers to present their work at the University of Toronto: Katharina Ritter in March 2012, Leo Thoma, Nora Gomringer and the Wortart Ensemble in October 2012. Conferences Panel Chair at: 5th Annual Toronto German Studies Symposium, Where is German? The Global Imagination and the Location of Culture April 2012 University of Toronto - Panel: Border Crossings and Subjectivity Panel Chair: 6th Annual ... Read More »

Michael Carberry

M.A. Student Contact mick.carberry@mail.utoronto.ca  Background I grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon and studied Broacast Electronics at Southern Alberta Institute for Technology in Calgary from 1978-80. For 35 years I've worked as a broadcast technologist in Whitehorse, Inuvik, Iqaluit before transferring to Toronto. I earned three continuing ed certificates in Computer Science before Ryerson became a university. In 2006 I completed a BSc in Applied Computer Science with a minor in Applied Math also at Ryerson as a part-time student. Although I graduated from the University of Toronto as a German Specialist in 2014, I missed courses on Goethe and Middle High German. As a part-time MA student I intend to correct those omissions and I would like to study further Nietzsche, Hegel, Freud, Critical Theory and contemporary literature. Read More »

Stefana Gargova

Ph.D. Candidate Contact stefana.gargova@utoronto.ca Office Hours Mon & Wed 5-6 pm Background I moved from Cologne to Toronto in 2007. I hold a B.A. and M.A. in Nordic and Germanic Studies from University of Cologne (with ERASMUS exchange year at Uppsala University, Sweden). My primary research interests are SLA – pedagogy, didactics and methodology, culture and identity in SLA, multiculturalism and the third space, acculturation and social integration of adult GSL learners. My interdisciplinary dissertation is entitled "Culture, Identity and Attitudes of Immigrant Learners of German in the Context of the German Integration Course" and is generously funded by JIGES, SGS and the Germany/Europe Fund. Since entering the PhD program, I have presented numerous conference papers and given workshops on teaching methodology, pedagogy and incorporation of culture and new media into GSL. Currently, I enjoy working as German Language Instructor (GER100, GER200, and GER300) and Course Coordinator (GER300). As of 2012, I am honored to be a holder of the TATP Teaching Excellence Award, as well as the Dissertation Completion Award and the Goethe-Institute Seminar Scholarship. Read More »

Dena Khamseh

Ph.D. Candidate Contact dena.khamseh@mail.utoronto.ca  Background MA German Literature, Culture and Theory, University of Toronto, 2013 BA Anthropology, University of Western Ontario, 2005 My dissertation studies the development of Nietzsche’s views on aesthetics in relation to Greek antiquity with particular attention to the “will to power”. Read More »

Christopher L. Miller

Course Instructor Contact info christopherl.miller@utoronto.ca Office Hours: Mon & Tue 2 - 3 p.m., R312       Read More »

William Ohm

Ph.D. Candidate Contact will.ohm@mail.utoronto.ca  Education Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in German Studies, with High Distinction, University of Toronto, May 2010 Research topic The motive that drives my research is a fascination with the beauty and power of thought and its channel, language. In pursuit of this interest, I found my way to the 19th century German writer Heinrich Heine and his treatise "On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany." My dissertation will argue that the "History" contains a pattern of ideas about literary style that link Heine's sensualist world-view and revolutionary political programme to his own manner of writing; a constellation centred upon the thought that an idea, if it is to shape society, must be given physical body, and that the body of thought is a sensualist style, a language that gives flesh to thought. This perspective illuminates Heine's own style both within and beyond the History and deepens our understanding of the nature of the "new literature" developed by Heine and other politically and socially engaged writers of the 1830's and 40's; perhaps it can also provide theoretical and practical inspiration for those writers of the present age who seek to diffuse complex ideas among the ... Read More »

Veronika Rummel

Ph.D. Candidate Contact veronika.rummel@mail.utoronto.ca  Background In the course of an academic exchange program, I received an M.A. in English Literature from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in 2007. I then completed my M.A. in teaching English and Physical Education with a minor in teaching German as a foreign language at the University of Regensburg in 2010. This minor has since turned into my major, leading me into the doctoral program in German at the University of Toronto in 2011. My research focus is on women’s travel literature, with a particular focus on German Orientalism and women’s agency in travel writings about the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries. Other research interests include contemporary women’s literature and life writings, and language pedagogy. Outside of my research, I enjoy teaching the German language and culture to learners of all levels, and reading my way through contemporary German literature. Read More »

Anna Stainton

Ph.D. Candidate Contact anna.stainton@utoronto.ca  Background I received my BA in German from King's College London in 2009 and also spent a year as an Erasmus student at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin from 2007-2008. I entered the PhD programme at UofT in 2011, having also completed my MA here. My research focuses on the connections between socialist hero figures and formations of East German national identity in the cinema of the GDR. My other research interests include the films of Helke Misselwitz and Chetna Vora, ideas of inner/outer emigration in DEFA films and post-1945 East German literature, and the Solidarity Movement in the GDR. I currently teach German language from beginner to intermediate level, and I enjoy being involved in the German/Yiddish Graduate Students' Association, most recently as its president. I'm also interested in German theatre, particularly plays written in the last decade, and I am the organiser of the U of T German Drama Club, through which I have co-directed two plays: 'Die Niebelungen' by Moritz Rinke in 2011, and 'Seifenblasen' by Curt Goetz in 2013. Conferences March 25-29, 2015, in Montreal, Canada – Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Paper: ‘Outsider/Insider: The Student Films of Chetna Vora.’ ... Read More »

Teresa Sudenis

Ph.D. Candidate Contact teresa.sudenis@utoronto.ca  Background I studied German Philology in Wrocław (Poland) where I received my MA. Afterwards, I worked as teacher for German methodology and language at a Teachers College (in Poland), and gave numerous workshops for language teachers in my capacity as Teacher Trainer. Despite my present engagement in literature, I still enjoy teaching German. Currently, I teach German for beginners, intermediate, and advance learner at UofT, and at the Goethe Institute of Toronto. My research interest is influenced by my origins and heritage. My doctoral project focuses on the triad: memory – family – identity, and examines the identity-defining power of memories. I examine the interconnectedness of memories, identity, and intergenerational memory transfer on the example of novels representing the genre of the contemporary German ‘grandchildren literature’. Presented/ Approved Conference Papers and Workshops Academic Conference „Deutschland und Polenbilder in der Literatur nach 1989“. Wrocław (Poland), October 3-5, 2013. Attended. Cities of Past and Present. The Motif of the Trip to Poland in Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper. Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), University of New York, New York, March 20-23, 2014 Rejection and Embracement – the Generational Conflict in Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper. The Languages, Literatures ... Read More »