Elisabeth Lange

Ph.D. Student

Office Hours

Tue 11:15am-1:15pm
Odette Hall, Room 312

Courses 2018-2019

GER300HY Intermediate German, Tuesday and Thursday - 9-11


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 the media company UFA in Berlin.

Aside from my passion for the written word, I like doing volunteer work, connecting with nature and people, going to concerts and listening to music, words and other sounds, taking pictures and drifting through the urban space.


My research focuses on social deviance, exclusion, and isolation within contemporary German-language prose in the context of neoliberalism. In particular, I am interested in the works of Sibylle Berg, Juli Zeh, Peter Handke, and Marlen Haushofer, which I investigate through the lenses of psychoanalyses and affect theory. My focus lies on inherited definitions of sanity/ normativity, the forming of interpersonal connections, (dis)obedience and queerness/ambiguity, and the striving for economic success and superiority. Ultimately, my research elaborates the effects of the neoliberal promise in connection with the psychic costs of culture by contrasting such tendencies with “deviant”, isolated, and excluded characters.