People

Veronika Rummel

Ph.D. Candidate Contact veronika.rummel@mail.utoronto.ca  Background In the course of an academic exchange program, I received an M.A. in English Literature from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in 2007. I then completed my M.A. in teaching English and Physical Education with a minor in teaching German as a foreign language at the University of Regensburg in 2010. This minor has since turned into my major, leading me into the doctoral program in German at the University of Toronto in 2011. My research focus is on women’s travel literature, with a particular focus on German Orientalism and women’s agency in travel writings about the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries. Other research interests include contemporary women’s literature and life writings, and language pedagogy. Outside of my research, I enjoy teaching the German language and culture to learners of all levels, and reading my way through contemporary German literature. Read More »

Virginia Shewfelt

Ph.D Student Contact virginia.shewfelt@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Wed 10-12, Room 307 Courses 2018-2019 GER100Y L0301 FALL Introduction to German Monday - 11-1   Read More »

Teresa Sudenis

Ph.D. Candidate Contact teresa.sudenis@utoronto.ca  Background I studied German Philology in Wrocław (Poland) where I received my MA. Afterwards, I worked as teacher for German methodology and language at a Teachers College (in Poland), and gave numerous workshops for language teachers in my capacity as Teacher Trainer. Despite my present engagement in literature, I still enjoy teaching German. Currently, I teach German for beginners, intermediate, and advance learner at UofT, and at the Goethe Institute of Toronto. My research interest is influenced by my origins and heritage. My doctoral project focuses on the triad: memory – family – identity, and examines the identity-defining power of memories. I examine the interconnectedness of memories, identity, and intergenerational memory transfer on the example of novels representing the genre of the contemporary German ‘grandchildren literature’. Presented/ Approved Conference Papers and Workshops Academic Conference „Deutschland und Polenbilder in der Literatur nach 1989“. Wrocław (Poland), October 3-5, 2013. Attended. Cities of Past and Present. The Motif of the Trip to Poland in Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper. Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), University of New York, New York, March 20-23, 2014 Rejection and Embracement – the Generational Conflict in Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper. The Languages, Literatures ... Read More »

Jake Wakelin

Course Instructor Contact info jake.wakelin@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours: TBA       Read More »

Tobias René Wilczek

Ph.D. Student Contact tobi.wilczek@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Mon 10-12 Current Courses Fall 2019 GER200Y (L0101) Background I joined the Ph.D. Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures after obtaining an Hon. Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where I am currently researching about philological implications in the works of Franz Kafka and Paul Celan. My interests remain widespread, having previously researched in archives in Germany and presented on Bertolt Brecht, Herta Müller, and more recently, Walter Benjamin. From April to August 2017, I researched at the Humboldt University under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Vogl, while also participating in the PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” in cooperation with Harvard University, Princeton University, and University of California, Berkeley. Since September 2017, I also work as Editorial Assistant for the CAUTG’s Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Aside from academic research, I have also written for the The Conversation. My most recent article "How youth influenced the EU election — and could do the same in Canada" has also been re-published by U of T News, the Vancouver Sun, and was featured on the Global News Vancouver radio. Lectures and Presentations 03/2018: “Elementary Media: ... Read More »

Andrew Warren

Ph.D. Candidate Contact andrew.warren@utoronto.ca Courses 2018-2019 GER200Y L0101 Introduction to German II Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-10am GER300Y L5101 Intermediate German Monday, Wednesday , 6pm-8pm Office Hours Wed 10-11, Fri 12-1 Background I took up German so I could read librettos as a music student. I find myself here now mainly because the catholicity of the department allows me to explore my interests in philosophy, music and German culture in what I hope are some interesting and productive ways. In particular, I’m interested in looking at Goethe’s works and their reception in various contexts. But it’s too early to say much more than that. I also have a blog, which doesn't really have much to do with school. Or maybe it does – I'll let others decide. http://the-transcontinental.blogspot.com/ Read More »

Departmental Committees 2014-2015

Executive Committee Markus Stock (Chair) John Noyes (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Policy Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) John Noyes (ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (ex officio) Angelica Fenner (elected member) Anna Shternshis (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Mike Hager Graduate Program Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair, ex officio) Angelica Fenner Willi Goetschel (Spring) Anna Shternshis (Fall) Student Representative: Christin Bohnke Undergraduate Curriculum Committee John Noyes (Chair, ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Erol Boran Student Representative: TBA Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair, ex officio) Angelica Fenner Willi Goetschel (Spring) Anna Shternshis (Fall) Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) Erol Boran (Fall) Willi Goetschel (Spring) John Noyes Departmental Study Abroad Officer Erol Boran Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut Erol Boran Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran PTR Committee Markus Stock (Chair, ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (ex officio) John Noyes (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Promotions Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Rebecca Comay Neil ten Kortenaar John Noyes Stefan Soldovieri Library Liaison Erol Boran CERES/JIGES Representative Markus Stock GSSU German Studies Students Union Christine Pitson GYGSA (German/Yiddish Graduate Students Association) ... Read More »

Departmental Committees 2015-2016

Executive Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio) Policy Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Stefan Soldovieri (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Christine Lehleiter Graduate Program Committee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Willi Goetschel Stefan Soldovieri Student Representative: Anna Stainton Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Christine Lehleiter (Chair, ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) John Zilcosky Student Representative: Tobias-Rene Wilczek Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Anna Shternshis Stefan Soldovieri Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) Erol Boran John Zilcosky Departmental Study Abroad Officer Erol Boran Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut Stefan Soldovieri Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran PTR Committee Markus Stock (Chair, ex officio) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Anna Shternshis (elected member) Workload Committee Markus Stock (Chair, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Erol Boran (elected member) John Zilcosky (elected member) Library Liaison Willi Goetschel CERES/JIGES Representative Markus Stock GSSU German Studies Students Union Co-President: Norman Chung Co-President: Emily Tsui Vice-President and Journal Editor-in-Chief: Tobias-Rene Wilczek 1st ... Read More »

Departmental Committees 2016-2017

Executive Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Acting Chair) Angelica Fenner (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio) Policy Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Christine Lehleiter Graduate Program Committee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Willi Goetschel Mike Hager Student Representative: Teresa Sudenis Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Christine Lehleiter (Chair, ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) John Zilcosky Student Representative: Jonah Gadsby Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Willi Goetschel Mike Hager Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) Erol Boran Mike Hager International Liaison Willi Goetschel Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut Stefan Soldovieri Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran (Fall), Hang-Sun Kim (Spring) PTR Committee Stefan Soldovieri (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Christine Lehleiter (ex officio) Willi Goetschel (elected member) Library Liaison John Zilcosky CERES/JIGES Representative Stefan Soldovieri Oral Defense Chairs Committee Mike Hager John Zilcosky GSSU German Studies Students Union Co-President: Jonah Gadsby Co-President: Joshua Rossetti 1st year representative: Alexander Young Secretary: Merlin Beier Treasurer: Abbie Liu Director of Communication: Livia Rrokaj GYGSA (German/Yiddish Graduate Students Association) ... Read More »

Departmental Committees 2017-2018

Executive Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (Associate Chair, Grad. Studies, ex officio) Erol Boran (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio – Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (Acting Associate Chair, Undergrad. Studies, ex officio – Spring) Policy Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Erol Boran (ex officio – Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (ex officio – Spring) Willi Goetschel (elected member – Fall) John Noyes (elected member – Spring) Christine Lehleiter (elected member) Faculty Representative on the Arts & Science Council Christine Lehleiter Graduate Program Committee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter Willi Goetschel (Fall) Mike Hager (Spring) Student Representative: Tobias Wilczek Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Erol Boran (Chair, ex officio – Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (Chair, ex officio – Spring) Hang-Sun Kim (ex officio) Stefan Soldovieri (Fall) John Noyes (Spring) Student Representative: TBA Grants & Fellowship Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair, ex officio) Christine Lehleiter Willi Goetschel (Fall) Mike Hager (Spring) Placement Subcommittee Hang-Sun Kim (Chair, ex officio) John Zilcosky (Fall) Stefan Soldovieri (Spring) Mike Hager International Liaison Stefan Soldovieri Departmental Liaison to Goethe-Institut John Noyes Liaison and PR Subcommittee Angelica Fenner (Chair) Erol Boran (Fall), Hang-Sun Kim (Spring) PTR Committee Markus Stock (Chair) Angelica Fenner (ex officio) ... Read More »