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Alicia E. Ellis

Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Alicia Ellis

Alicia E. Ellis is assistant professor of German and comparative literature at Hampshire College. She holds degrees from Amherst College, cum laude, A.B. in German and women's and gender studies; Yale University, M.A. in African American Studies; M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and 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" (History + Memory) at Konstanz University and served 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). From 2012-2014, Alicia Ellis was a postdoctoral scholar in the department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago.

Her dissertation, "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. She has revised her doctoral work for the series Women in German, a Peter Lang publication, where it will appear in summer 2015 as Figuring the Female: Gender and Identity in Franz Grillparzer's Classical Plays.

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, Osip Mandelstam, Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Christa Wolf, Sam Selvon and Edwidge Danticat.

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