Author Archives: Helena Juenger

IBH Summer School Opportunities

Learning German can be more than studying grammar and memorising vocabulary. It can also mean discovering the culture of German-speaking countries, spending the summer in the tri-border region of Germany's biggest lake in the heart of Europe, making international friends and gaining ECTS credits for it! Read More »

Current Research: Teresa Sudenis

Teresa Sudenis is a PhD Student in our Department. She studied German Philology in Wrocław (Poland) and wrote her Master’s thesis on Günter Grass’ Der Butt. Her family is of German origin and lives in Silesia, a province now located in the part of South Poland which belonged to East German territories until the end of the Second World War. Read More »

Rachel Seelig

Sessional Lecturer Contact info Office Hours Mon 1-3 pm, OH309 Classes 2018-19 GER150HS: Introduction to German Culture, Monday 3-5 pm Background Since receiving her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2011, Rachel Seelig has held the Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, the Mandel Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and appointments at the University of Michigan and Columbia University. She is the author of Strangers in Berlin: Modern Jewish Literature between East and West, 1919-1933 (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and the co-editor, with Amir Eshel, of The German-Hebrew Dialogue: Studies of Encounter and Exchange (De Gruyter, 2017). Rachel has also published essays that explore intersections among German-Jewish, Hebrew and Yiddish literatures in various journals, including Prooftexts, The Jewish Quarterly Review and Modern Language Notes. Read More »

Miriam Borden

PhD Student Contact Office Hours tba Background I hold a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Hons., 2014) and an M.A. in Yiddish Studies (2018) from the University of Toronto. Through a collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture, my research interests are in postwar Yiddish culture, Yiddish publishing and material history of Yiddish libraries, and the food history of Jewish immigrants in the twentieth century. I am a frequent researcher at the Ontario Jewish Archives Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, where I have worked as an Assistant Archivist and translator. Through the Archives, I lead public and private walking tours of the historically Jewish Kensington Market neighbourhood; when possible, I like to include Yiddish sources such as newspaper articles, advertisements, and poetry by Yiddish writers from the 1920s and 1930s. I have researched and translated portions of Toronto’s Yiddish daily newspaper, Der Yidisher Zhurnal, and written for the Canadian Jewish News on 20th century Jewish culture in the Canadian Yiddish press. I have curated two exhibitions at University of Toronto Libraries: “Discovering the Mame-loshn: The Hidden World of Yiddish at Robarts,” at Robarts Library (August 1-September 1, 2017); and “Komets-alef: o! Back to School at the Yiddish Kheyder,” in May-July ... Read More »

Florian Müller

PhD Student Contact Office Hours Fri 10 am–12 pm, by appointment only Note: If you require accommodation due to different time zones, please send me an email. Classes 2020-21 GER 100 L0102, WF 8-10 Background I did my undergraduate in German Studies and History at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt (Main) where I also received my master’s degree in German Studies in 2019. My doctoral research focuses on medieval and Early Modern German literature and I am especially interested in the relationship between early print and manuscript culture. Accordingly, I am enrolled in the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. In order to investigate how materiality informs the construction of text and vice versa, I am examining the 15th and 16th century manuscripts and printed editions comprising the so-called ‘Books of Heroes.’ This corpus transmits heroic poetry, a genre with a rich and multi-faceted literary history. Due to their seemingly dated nature – stanzaic form and archaic contents – the ‘Books of Heroes’ provide rich material for questions concerning transmission and canon formation, the dissemination of literature in the Early Modern period, the aesthetics of reception, and the materiality of texts. Since hands-on experience in letterpress ... Read More »