People

Dena Khamseh

Ph.D. Candidate Contact dena.khamseh@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Mon & Wed 10-11 (online) Courses 2020-2021 GER 300Y1YL0101 Intermediate German II 8-10am (online, synchronous)  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 »

Elisabeth Lange

Ph.D. Candidate Contact elisabeth.lange@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Fri 12:30-2:30 and by appointment Courses 2020-2021 GER 310 Fall Contemporary Culture and Media F 10-12 GER 300 Spring Intermediate German II MW 8-10 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 UFA in Berlin. Research My research focuses on the works of Marlen Haushofer and Sibylle Berg. In particular, I am investigating what it is precisely about the quality of their literature that inclines readers to frequently label it as pessimistic. Read More »

Rita Katalin Laszlo

Ph.D. Candidate Contact rita.laszlo@mail.utoronto.ca Courses GER200Y1Y LEC5101 Office Hours Mon & Wed 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 ... 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 »

Terrance McDonald

Sessional Instructor Contact terrance.mcdonald@utoronto.ca Office Hours Tue 11-1, OH323    Read More »

Christopher L. Miller

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

Somaia Mostafa

M.A. Student Contact somaia.mostafa@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Tue 10-12, OH307    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 »

Karolin Rabey

Ph.D Student Contact karolin.rabey@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Fri 3-5 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 »