University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sonja E. Klocke
Associate Professor, German

Languages: German

Research/Language Interests: Literature and Film: twentieth to twenty-first century German literature and film with a specific focus on postwar and contemporary German literature and culture; literature and cinema of the Wende and unification; the legacy of the GDR and the Holocaust; women’s writing; minority literature; and transnational literature Cultural Studies: transnational studies, globalization, post-colonialism, memory theory, body concepts Gender and Sexuality Studies: feminist theory; queer theory

Education: 2003-2007: Indiana University, Bloomington Ph.D. in Modern German Literature and Culture (2007) Minor: Gender Studies (2005) 2002 – 2003: University of Arizona, Tucson M. A. in German Studies (2003) 1996-1997: Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Main) 1. Staatsexamen, Lehramt an Gymnasien: Deutsch und Englisch (= First State Exam for Teaching German and English in High School), with distinction (1997) 1988 - 1994: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz M. A. in American Studies, English Literature and German Literature (1994)

Affiliated Departments: Gender and Women's Studies

Undergraduate Courses: German 305: Literatur des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts German 337: Advanced Composition and Conversation German 411: Kultur des 20. Jahrhunderts German 676: Senior Capstone Seminar. Various Topics, e.g. "Literature—Power—Politics since 1989," "Grenzen und Grenzüberschreitungen"/"Borders and Border Crossings" German 677: Senior Capstone Seminar: Lifting the Iron Curtain: (Vestiges of) Socialism LITTRANS 270/GenWS 270: German Women Writers in Translation: “Love and Violence” INTL ST 310: Various topics, e.g. "In West Germany as a Spy," "Romeo and Julia in the GDR," "Contemporary German Comedy,"

Graduate Courses: German 947: Graduiertenseminar: Geschichte in neusten Familienromanen von Frauen German 948: Graduiertenseminar: verschiedene Themen, z. B. "Literature—Power—Politics since 1989,""Afterimages of the GDR"

About: Originally from Germany, Sonja Klocke received her Ph.D. at Indiana University – Bloomington in 2007, and taught at Knox College (IL) for five years before joining the Department of German in 2012. Her research and teaching interests range from the late eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and she specializes in twentieth to twenty-first century German culture with a specific focus on postwar and contemporary German literature and film. This includes the legacy of the GDR and the Holocaust, women’s writing, minority literature, and transnational literature. In November 2015, her book "Inscription and Rebellion: Illness and the Symptomatic Body in East German Literature" appeared with Camden House. Currently, she is working on a co-edited volume on Christa Wolf, articles on DEFA film, and on her new project that revolves around witches and female terrorists.

Selected Publications


Inscription and Rebellion: Illness and the Symptomatic Body in East German Literature. Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2015. 248 pp.

Edited Volume (collaboration):

Christa Wolf - Im Strom der Erinnerung. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. (Editor Carsten Gansel, Consulting Editor Sonja Klocke)

Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes and Handbooks (P = peer reviewed):

18. (P) “Patientin unter Palmen: Symptomatische Körper, Leiden und Heilung in Christa Wolfs Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud.” Triangulum. Germanistisches Jahrbuch für Estland, Lettland und Littauenˆ. Forthcoming fall 2016.

17. “Dealing with Cancer, Dealing with Love: Power and Hierarchies in the East German Medical System.” Essay on DVD Apprehension (Die Beunruhigung, dir. Lothar Warneke) released by DEFA library UMass Amherst. September 2016.

16. (P) “Specters of the Stasi in Antje Rávic Strubel’s novels.” Gegenwartsliteratur. Ein germanistisches Jahrbuch/A German Studies Yearbook 2016. 217-234.

15. (P) “Die Familie erinnern, die (untergehende) DDR erinnern: Marion Brasch’s Ab jetzt ist Ruhe. Roman meiner fabelhaften Familie.” Familie und Identität in der Gegenwartsliteratur. Eds. Goran Lovrić and Marijana Jeleč. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2016. 103-118.

14. (P) “Subversive Creatures From Behind the Iron Curtain: Irmtraud Morgner’s The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice as Chronicled by Her Minstrel Laura.” Literature and the Development of Feminist Theory. Ed. Robin Truth Goodman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 140-154.

13. (P) “The Triumph of the Obituary: Constructing Christa Wolf for the Berlin Republic.” German Studies Review. 36.5, May 2014. 317-336.

12. “Erinnern und Erinnerungen – Vorbemerkung.” Christa Wolf. Erinnern und Erinnerung. Ed. Carsten Gansel unter Mitarbeit von Sonja Klocke. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. 9-12. (with Carsten Gansel)

11. “(Anti-)faschistische Familien und (post-)faschistische Körper - Christa Wolfs Der geteilte Himmel.” Christa Wolf. Erinnern und Erinnerung. Ed. Carsten Gansel unter Mitarbeit von Sonja Klocke. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. 69-87.

10. “’Das Mittelalter ist keine Epoche. Mittelalter ist der Name der menschlichen Natur.’ – Aufstörung, Verstörung und Entstörung in Juli Zehs Corpus Delicti.“ Das „Prinzip Störung“ in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften: Hybridisierung, Grenzräume, Figurationen der Störung. Eds. Norman Ächtler and Carsten Gansel. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 185-202.

9. (P) “Familienroman vis-à-vis neue Väterliteratur: Kontinuität und Distanz in der deutschen Erinnerungsliteratur um die Jahrtausendwende am Beispiel Kathrin Schmidts." Entwicklungen in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur nach 1989. Eds. Carsten Gansel and Elisabeth Herrmann. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Unipress, 2013. 211-230.

8. (P) “Transnational Terrorism, War, and Violence: Globalization and Transborder Exchanges in Juli Zeh’s Spieltrieb (2004).” Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. 47:4. (September 2011) Special Issue: Globalization, Literature, Film, and the New Economy. Eds. Sabine von Dirke and David Coury. 520-536.

7. “A Woman’s Quest for Agency: Kathrin Schmidt, Du stirbst nicht (2009).” Emerging German Novelists. Eds. Lyn Marven and Stuart Taberner. London and Rochester: Camden House 2011. 228-242.

6. (P) “Die frohe Botschaft der Kathrin Schmidt? – Transsexuality, Racism, and Feminist Historiography in Die Gunnar-Lennefsen-Expedition (1998).” Germanistik in Ireland. Jahrbuch der/Yearbook of the Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland. Vol. 5. 2010. Special Issue: Sexual-Textual Border-Crossings: Lesbian Identity in German-Language Literature, Film, and Culture. 143-158.

5. (P) “Committed from head to toe?”: Cancer, Immigration, and Kinship in Verena Stefan’s Fremdschläfer (2007).” Women in German Yearbook 2010. 225-245.

4. “Orientalisierung der DDR?: Spuren von DDR-Literatur und antifaschistischer Tradition in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde.” NachBilder der Wende. Eds. Inge Stephan and Alexandra Tacke. Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau-Verlag, 2008. 141-160.

3. (P) “Lost in Transition: ‘Unfinished Women,’ Insanity, and Deviant Bodies as Locus of Memory in the No Man’s Land of Thomas Brussig’s Wie es leuchtet.” Glossen 26 (December 2007).

2. “The Romantic Artist on the Couch: A Freudian Approach to Wackenroder’s Musician Berglinger.” Romanticism. Comparative Discourses. The Nineteenth Century Series. Eds. Larry H. Peer and Diane Long Hoeveler. Aldershot (UK) and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006. 191-202.

  1. (P) “’Zungen,’ borders, and border-crossings: Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Mutterzunge as an attempt to deal with the effects of globalization?” Focus on German Studies Vol. 11. 2004. 15-32.

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