Thomas Nolden

Thomas Nolden
(781) 283-2580
Comparative Literature
Staatsexamen, Universität Tübingen; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University
Spring 2020 Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:45 - 1:30 PM, Thursdays 5:00-6:00 PM and by appointment
Founders Hall 403

Thomas Nolden

Professor of German Studies





I am a comparatist who is intrigued by questions of national, regional, and cultural space. I have directed Wellesley's comparative literature program for many years and teach courses on literature, language and visual & digital media.

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. where I have taught courses on the European philosophical tradition, film, and digital media.

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.


Videos from recent courses taught:


From Berlin & London to Hollywood


Cultural Capitals: Berlin & Prague and Vienna