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Walker Horsfall

Course Instructor Contact info walker.horsfall@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours: Thu 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Kelly Library Cafe       Read More »

Rita Katalin Laszlo

Ph.D. Student Contact rita.laszlo@mail.utoronto.ca Courses GER 100-L5101/MW 6-8 Office Hours by appointment Background M.A. (2017) in Germanic Studies, University of British Columbia (Master’s thesis: “Understanding the Aesthetics and Materiality of Ver Sacrum, the Seminal Magazine of the Vienna Secession”) B.A. (2014) Hispanic Studies and Honours in Germanic Studies, University of British Columbia (Honours thesis: “Pseudoscience, Gullibility and Language”) OTHER: (2007–2010) Germanic and Hispanic Studies, International Relations, University of Manitoba (2009-2010) German Literature and Social Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany Publications / Published Translations Laszlo, Rita K. “Introducing Ágnes Heller's “Reflections on Gullibility,”” Telos, Issue 179, 2017:33-35; doi:10.3817/0617179033 Heller, Ágnes. Trans. Laszlo, Rita K. “Reflections on Gullibility,” Telos, Issue 179 , 2017:36-47; doi:10.3817/0617179036 Research and Interests 19th and 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, Critical Theory, The Frankfurt and The Budapest Schools gullibility and its relation to language, types of knowledge, reason, the will to believe and judgement PhD dissertation focus a genealogy of gullibility in German literature and thought Conferences / Presentations “Vortrag zum Thema Leichtgläubigkeit,” (guest lecture, GER 430: Stories of the Mind with Dr. Christine Lehleiter), University of Toronto, Toronto, Nov. 27, 2018. “Between Gullibility and Thoughtlessness: From Ágnes Heller to Hannah Arendt,” (guest lecture, PHIL 385: Existentialism ... Read More »

Vardit Lightstone

Ph.D. Candidate Contact vardit.lightstone@mail.utoronto.ca  Background M.A. Folklore and Folk Culture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015 B.A. (Hons.) Celtic Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 2010 Research My research focuses on the personal narratives, performed in Yiddish, of immigrants from Eastern Europe to Canada, most of whom immigrated in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. I am also interested in questions of genre, authority, heritage, and nostalgia as they arise in personal narratives. In addition to my work on verbal performances, I have worked with visual and folk art, as well as theatre, and the interface between all these different types of cultural expression; language(s) as a tool for creating, expressing, and contesting identity; and the politics of the folklore and heritage discourses. I am participating in a Joint Educational Placement PhD program with the Folklore and Folk Culture Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies at UofT. I am completing my PhD under the guidance of Anna Shternshis (UofT) and Dani Schrire (HebrewU). Select Awards/Distinctions Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2020-17 Peter Lougheed Graduate Fellowship ... Read More »

Elisabeth Lange

Ph.D. Student Contact elisabeth.lange@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Tue 11:15am-1:15pm Odette Hall, Room 312 Courses 2018-2019 GER300HY Intermediate German, Tuesday and Thursday - 9-11 Background I received my Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and Language from the University of Leipzig in summer of 2016. During my studies, I took a semester abroad at Carleton University in Ottawa and did an internship as a creative writer and editor at the media company UFA in Berlin. Aside from my passion for the written word, I like doing volunteer work, connecting with nature and people, going to concerts and listening to music, words and other sounds, taking pictures and drifting through the urban space. Research My research focuses on social deviance, exclusion, and isolation within contemporary German-language prose in the context of neoliberalism. In particular, I am interested in the works of Sibylle Berg, Juli Zeh, Peter Handke, and Marlen Haushofer, which I investigate through the lenses of psychoanalyses and affect theory. My focus lies on inherited definitions of sanity/ normativity, the forming of interpersonal connections, (dis)obedience and queerness/ambiguity, and the striving for economic success and superiority. Ultimately, my research elaborates the effects of the neoliberal promise in connection with the psychic costs of ... Read More »

Karolin Rabey

Ph.D Student Contact karolin.rabey@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Wednesday 1-3 pm Courses 2018-2019 GER100Y (FALL) L5101 Introduction to German, Monday, Wednesday 6-8 pm Background I studied at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg from 1999 until 2005 and obtained a M.A. degree in German in English. After living and acquiring my first experiences as a teacher in San Sebastián, Spain, I returned to Heidelberg and passed my 1st state examination in 2007. Then I entered my teacher’s training at a Middle and High School in Ulm, Germany, and worked there as a German and English teacher until 2015. After moving to Canada and taking care of our now 2-year-old son and working as a private tutor, I am now looking forward to being back at university and being able to focus again on my interest and passion for German literature and cinema.     Read More »