Staatsexamen, Universität Tübingen; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University
Founders Hall 403
Professor of German
Director, Program in Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of German Studies
I am a comparatist intrigued by questions of national, regional, and cultural space. I am a member of the Research Editorial Committee of EuropeNow (Council of European Studies).
I have taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Freie Universität Berlin, and -- as visiting professor -- at Brandeis University and M.I.T. I am currently the faculty director of Wellesley's Berlin Program.
My books include:
Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe. A Guide (with Vivian Liska)
Voices from the Diaspora. Jewish Women Writing in Contemporary Europe (with Frances Malino)
In Lieu of Memory: Contemporary Jewish Writing in France
Junge jüdische Literatur. Konzentrisches Schreiben in der Gegenwart
'An einen jungen Dichter': Studien zur epistolaren Poetik
My most recent articles address the response of the French Antillean author Aimé Césaire to the legacies of Homer, Virgil and Plautus; the Frankfurt trilogy by the writer Michel Bergmann; Jewish life in Paris during Occupation.