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Alicia E. Ellis

Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Alicia E. Ellis, assistant professor of German and comparative literature, holds degrees from Amherst College, cum laude, A.B. German and Women’s & Gender Studies; Yale University, M.A. African American Studies; M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. Germanic Languages & Literatures. Professor Ellis was a Five College Fellow in German Literature and taught in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College (2006-2008). In addition, she has studied at the Universities of Göttingen, Konstanz, and Heidelberg in Germany. She is also a former Junior Fellow of the Max Planck/Humboldt Research project, " Geschichte + Gedächtnis” at Konstanz University and serves on the steering committee of the Five College Women's Research Center housed at Mt. Holyoke College. She is a faculty affiliate at Yale University’s Initiative on Race Gender and Globalization (IRGG). Her dissertation, which is currently under contract for publication, “Gender, Narrative and Revision: An Analysis of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea and Franz Grillparzer’s Sappho and Medea,” concerns the framing of difference in 19th century revisions of ancient Greek literary representations as articulations of linguistic, epistemological and gender anxiety.

Her teaching and research interests include German literature and intellectual history of the long 19th century (1789-1917); African-American and Caribbean (Francophone and Anglophone) literatures; theories of the Black Atlantic, the intersection of literature and historical thought from the Baroque to present; 20th century women’s philosophical and literary production as a mode of cultural critique. Other research topics include the creation and practice of race and racialized thought; identity and the body; adaptation and citation as the central theoretical moves in narrative and genre theory. She has written and lectured on E.T.A. Hoffmann, Franz Grillparzer, Andrea Levy, Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Christa Wolf and Edwidge Danticat.

From 2012-2014, Alicia Ellis will be a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago.

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Professor Ellis will be on leave for academic year 2013-2014.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies

Recent and Upcoming Courses
HACU-0137: Reading Generically: Modern Short Prose (Spring 2012)
HACU-0275: The Idea of Europe: Readings in the 20th Century Novel (Spring 2012)
HACU-0276: Readings in German Narrative Forms: Identity and Crisis (Fall 2011)
HACU-136T: An Introduction to Literary Studies: 20th Century Carribean and African American Literature (Fall 2011)


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