People

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 3L5 Secretary: 416-926-2324 Office Hours Fall 2019: on leave Spring 2020: Tue 4-5 & by appointment (OH303) Classes 2019-2020 Undergraduate: GER 150: Introduction to German Culture Graduate: GER 1772: Kafka Background A.B., Harvard University A.M., Stanford University Ph.D., Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania Honorary President, ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory Advisory Board, Oxford Kafka Research Centre (Oxford University) Editorial Board, Continuum Press (New Directions in German Studies series) Editorial Board, Legenda Books (Germanic Literatures series) Recent Prizes and Fellowships Friedrich-Wilhelm-Bessel Research Prize, 2017: Alexa Zulak wrote about this for Arts and Science News National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2013-14 (for my book, Uncanny Encounters: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and the End of Alterity [2016]): Kelly Rankin interviewed me about this for U of T News. SSHRC Insight Grant, 2013-18 (for Uncanny Encounters) 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 »

Miriam Borden

PhD Student Contact miriam.borden@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Thu 1-2pm and by appointment, Centre for Jewish Studies (2nd floor, Jackman Humanities Building) Courses 2018-2019 GER260H FALL Elementary Yiddish, Monday, Wednesday, 2-4 Friday - 2pm-3pm Wednesday 2:00-4:00 in Jackman Humanities Building 235 Friday 2:00-3:00 in Jackman Humanities Building 100B Background I hold a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Hons., 2014) and an M.A. in Yiddish (2018) from the University of Toronto. My research interests are in the development and evolution of Yiddish as an ethnolinguistic identity of the organized institutional Jewish life in the Jewish community of Toronto in the postwar period. I am a researcher at the Ontario Jewish Archives Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, where I have worked as an Assistant Archivist, Yiddish translator, and tour guide for public tours of the historically Jewish (and Yiddish) Kensington Market neighbourhood. I have also written for the Canadian Jewish News on 20th century Jewish Torontonian culture in the Canadian Yiddish press. In the summer of 2017, I participated in the Naomi Prawer Kadar Yiddish Summer Program at Tel-Aviv University, and curated the exhibition “Discovering the Mame-loshn: The Hidden World of Yiddish at Robarts,” at Robarts Library (August 1-September 1, 2017). In May-July 2018 I curated ... Read More »

Florian Müller

PhD Student Contact florian.mueller@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Wed 2-4, OH312 Courses 2019-20 Fall 2019: GER 100 (L5102, MW 6-8 pm) Background I studied German Studies and History at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt (Main), where I obtained my Bachelor and Master of Arts. During my studies I worked as student assistant, tutor and, after finishing my M.A., as research assistant and instructor of introductory courses. My research focuses on medieval and early modern German literature, especially epic poems and their transmission in manuscripts and prints from the 15th and 16th centuries. Since my research is closely connected to questions of material philology, I also attend the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture at University of Toronto. Publications “di fursten sprachen alle bi ainem munde. Das deutsche Rolandslied in seinen Bezügen zur Herrschaft Heinrichs des Löwen,” in Concilium Medii Aevi 20 (2017), pp. 1-26. Scholarships and Awards Connaught International Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2019 Deutschlandstipendium, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt (Main), 2013-2015 Read More »

Laurence Côté-Pitre

Ph.D. Student Contact laurence.cote.pitre@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Tue 10:15-11:15 am and Fri 10:30-11:30 am, OH312 Background Originally from Québec City, I studied languages (English, German and Spanish) in my hometown at Cégep Limoilou from 2010 to 2012. I received my H.BA. from the University of Toronto in German Studies and European Studies in June 2016, after spending a year at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria as an exchange student in 2013-14. I graduated from my M.A. in German from the University of Toronto in November 2017. My research paper focused on the underground poetry of the Prenzlauer Berg Szene in the 1980s. My current research interest involves ecocriticism and environmental discourses in GDR literature, with a special focus on works by Christa Wolf and Monika Maron. Aside from academics, you can find me exploring the quaint, hidden corners of our world. I enjoy practicing my four languages when I travel and meet new people from across the world! Conference Papers “From Humboldt to Hessel, from Science to Literature, from the Nature to the City: The Vast Terrain of the Flâneur.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. Ryerson University. May 2018. “Christa Wolf: A Writer-Activist in the GDR.” “Pulver ... 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 »

Veronica Rose Curran

Ph.D. Candidate Contact veronica.curran@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Spring 2019: Tue 5-6 pm, Wed 5-6 pm in OH312 Background I hold a B.A. Honours (2012) in German and Early Modern Studies from the University of King's College, Halifax and an M.A. (2015) in German from Dalhousie University. I spent the 2012-2013 academic year in Hessen, Germany with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst as an English teaching assistant in a German-speaking Gymnasium. I also spent two summers (2013 and 2014) studying as an exchange student at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. My research interest involves the development of German theater. I am particularly interested in the Sturm und Drang period writers in the 1770s and the developments leading up to Georg Büchner's career in the 1830s. Within the area of theater studies and German literature, I am interested in the development of discussions of morality and questions of genre, such as the classic distinctions of "comedy" and "tragedy". Publications and Conferences "Hero or Anti-hero?: Galileo’s deviating deviance in Brecht’s 1938 and 1945 plays." Deviance 'Am Rande seiner selbst': German Graduate Conference. University of Toronto. September 2019. "Brecht, Galileo, and the Scientific Imperative in Art." Academic Musings: the legacy of the Euro-Méditerranée. Underhill Books, 2019. "Moral Authority in Lenz's ... Read More »

John Evjen

MA student 2018-2019 Contact info jm.evjen@mail.utoronto.ca Office University of Toronto Odette Hall Rm 311 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 3L5 Office Hours Wed 1:30-2:30 and Tue 5-6 Classes 2018-2019 GER100 L5102 Introduction to German - Monday, Wednesday 6-8 Background John Evjen convocated from the University of Alberta in 2018 with a honours degree in German language and literatures. His undergraduate thesis dealt with Thomas Bo Nilsson’s dramatic installation entitled MEAT and its complexity regarding technology and altering human consciousness. In 2015, he joined the Inaugural Class of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, where he worked with university sexual assault policy, which he sustains interest in today. Currently, John is a PhD student in the Germanic Languages and Literature department at the University of Toronto. His work at the University of Toronto focuses predominantly on the body in social activism and its political signifance in the 21st century. Apart from university, he spends most of his time refereeing water polo, playing music, and cooking.    Read More »

André Flicker

Ph.D student Contact info andre.flicker@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Thursday 11:30-1:30 Classes 2018 – 2019 GER100Y L0201 (FALL) Introduction to German Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -10-11am Read More »