Sabine Wilke (she/her/hers)

Professor Emerita
Sabine Wilke

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Ph.D., University of Mainz (Germany), 1986
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Sabine Wilke is the Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor in Western Civilization and professor of German. She is also associated with and teaches in the European Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests include modern German literature and culture, intellectual history and theory,  cultural and visual studies, and the environmental humanities. She has written books and articles on body constructions in modern German literature and culture, German unification, the history of German film and theater, contemporary German authors and filmmakers, German colonialism, and the German environmental imagination. Most recently, Wilke was involved in a larger project about German colonialism and postcoloniality with a focus on the Pacific. With assistance from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Wilke founded a transatlantic research network on the environmental humanities and is now focusing on environmental criticism, in particular questions of waste, climate, non-humans, and the Anthropocene.


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Modern Language Association, German Studies Association, American Association of Teachers of German

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