Thomas Nolden

Thomas Nolden
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Comparative Literary Studies
Staatsexamen, Universität Tübingen; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University
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Thomas Nolden

Professor of German Studies

Comparative Literary Studies and Chair of German Studies at Wellesley College. Research and teaching in the fields of comparative literature, Jewish Studies, media studies, and German culture and literature.

I am a comparatist who is passionate about 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. My most recent course, The Color of Green Literature, addresses literary reflections of climate collapse against the backdrop of concerns raised by environmental ethicists.

I have taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Freie Universität Berlin, and -- as visiting professor -- at Brandeis University, M.I.T. and the summer school of the University of Graz (Austria) where I offered courses on the European philosophical tradition, film, and digital media.

I have been a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages Series (part of International Comparative Literature Association), of the research Committee of EuropeNow (published by Council for European Studies at Columbia University) and have chaired the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Committee of the Council of European Studies as well as their European Studies Book Award Committee. Most recently, I chaired the Council's European Studies First Article Prize (2021).

Together with Marjorie Agosín, I organized, in 2017, the international conference

The Work of Roberto Bolaño at Wellesley.

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; Michel Bergmann's Frankfurt trilogy; Jewish life in Paris during Occupation.

Videos from recent courses taught:


From Berlin & London to Hollywood


Cultural Capitals: Berlin & Prague and Vienna