Hang-Sun Kim

Acting Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor of German, Teaching Stream

Contact info

For undergraduate matters: german.undergrad@utoronto.ca

University of Toronto
Odette Hall 305
50 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3L5

Phone 416-926-2301
Secretary: 416-926-2324

Office Hours

Tue 3:10-4:10, Wed 11:10-12:10

Classes 2020-21



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.