People

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 3L5 Phone 416-926-2301 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Mon 1-3 Classes 2019-20 tba 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 transcultural German-language authors. Before joining the German Department at the University of Toronto, I taught at Harvard and the Goethe-Institut Toronto.    Read More »

Martina Kumanatasan

Sessional Lecturer Contact info m.kumanatasan@utoronto.ca Office Hours Mon 5-6 pm, TF 101 & by appointment Classes 2017-18 GER 300HS Intermediate German (L5101)     Read More »

Christine Lehleiter

Associate Chair, Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of German Contact info christine.lehleiter@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 318 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2322 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Mon 11am -12 noon and by appointment Classes 2019 – 2020 tba 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 Cultures in Germany and Britain. Ed. Christine Lehleiter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. 1-39. “’Kunst ist der Ruf einer Gottheit’: Therese Hubers Positionierung weiblicher Kreativität zwischen Naturgenie und Profession.” Weibliche Kreativität um 1800 / Women’s Creativity Around 1800. Ed. Linda Dietrick and Birte Giesler. Hannover: Wehrhahn, 2015. 163-184. (“‘Art is the Call ... Read More »

Viktoriya Melnykevych

Sessional Lecturer Contact info v.melnykevych@utoronto.ca Office Hours Fall 2019 Friday 1:00 - 3:00pm Or by appointment OH312 Classes 2019-2020 GER 6000HF Reading German for Graduate Students     Read More »

John Kenneth Noyes

Professor of German Extraordinary Professor, Modern Foreign Languages, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa Contact info john.noyes@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 304 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone 416-926-2344 Office Hours Tue 4-5 or by appointment Classes 2019 – 2020 Classes 2019 – 2020 GER196H Fall Automata - Tue 10-12 GER270H Fall Narratives of the Body - Wed 4-6 GER100H Introduction to German - Tue 2-4; Thu 2-4 I'm on leave in spring 2020 Background Ph.D. Cape Town 1989 Recent Fellowships and Awards Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Humanities (2020 and 2021) Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Insight Grant for the project "Goethe's World" (2018) 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) Recent Books John K. Noyes, ed. Herder’s ... Read More »

Rachel Seelig

Sessional Lecturer Contact info rachel.seelig@utoronto.ca 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 »

Anna Shternshis

Al and Malka Green 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 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Mon 3-4pm, Tue 2-3pm, CJS, 170 St. George St, room 218 Classes 2018-2019 GER1050H F Methods and Texts in Yiddish Studies - Tuesday 11-1 Background Anna Shternshis holds the position of Al and Malka Green 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 co-editor-in-chief of East European Jewish Affairs. Shternshis created and directed the Yiddish Glory project, together with an artist Psoy Korolenko, the initiative that brought back to life the forgotten Yiddish music written during the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. She lectures widely around the world and ... Read More »

Markus Stock

Associate Professor of German and Medieval Studies Contact info markus.stock@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 303 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours by appointment Classes 2018 -2019 GER1210H F Medieval German Romance - Monday 2-4 Background Dr. phil. University of Göttingen, 2000 Markus Stock teaches German language, literature, and culture of the Middle Ages. 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. Markus Stock supervises MA and PhD students specializing in medieval and early modern (pre-1600) German literature and culture. He currently accepts supervisions of individuals who wish to specialize in these areas in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures or the Centre for Medieval Studies. Potential applicants are invited to send informal email inquiries to him. His research is situated in medieval German literature and culture, with a focus on twelfth- and thirteenth-century epic and romance, medieval legends on Alexander the Great, and medieval love poetry. It has been funded by SSHRC, the ... Read More »

Stefan Soldovieri

International Liaison and Associate Professor of German Acting Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies (Spring 2018) Contact info stefan.soldovieri@utoronto.ca St. George Campus Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 305 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Phone: 416-926-2341 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Thursday 10 -12noon Classes 2018-2019 GER 290 H-S Global Issues: German Contexts - Thursday 11-1 GER 310H-S Contemporary Culture & Media - Monday 6-8 GER1771H F Topics in German Cinema Studies: Remaking the Movies, Tuesday 2-6 *includes screening time 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 ... Read More »

Nicola Vöhringer

Visiting Assistant Professor of German and History Contact info nicola.vohringer@utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall 303 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours by appointment Classes 2019-2020 GER426HS Medieval Language & Culture GER1200HS Introduction to Medieval Studies Background Nicola Vöhringer studied Modern German Literature, Medieval German Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Tübingen and the University of Strasbourg, and received her MA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Toronto in 2017 with a dissertation on the role of sound and acoustic perception in late medieval devotional culture and mysticism. Focusing on the sensory participation of lay audiences in the medieval mass and the reception of mystical writings in a female monastic context, her research explores questions of premodern medialities, devotional practices, medieval textual aesthetics, and concepts and practices of space and place. Nicola Vöhringer has taught courses on German language, literature, and culture at the University of Toronto (2009 - 2015), and the National Tajik University and Russian Tajik Slavonic University in Tajikistan (2015 - 2018). Before coming to Toronto in August 2018, she was the director of the DAAD office in Tajikistan ... Read More »