University of Wisconsin–Madison

Weijia Li
Assistant Professor, German

Language: German

Research/Language Interests: German-Chinese cultural encounters reflected in literature, press, and art history, Anna Seghers and China, German-Jewish refugees in China, 20th and 21st Century German culture and literature.

Education: Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures: The Ohio State University, 2009.

Affiliated Departments: Center for German and European Studies

Undergraduate Courses: German 372 China from the German Point of View (Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017); German 305 The 20th and 21st Century German Literature (Fall 2016); German 249 Intermediate German Speaking and Pronunciation (Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)

Graduate Courses: German 676/947 China in the German World: Literature and Interculturality (Spring 2018)

About Me: My research interest is primarily focusing on German-Chinese cultural encounters reflected in literature, press, and art history. In 2010, I published a monograph on Anna Seghers, a famous German writer and her encounter with China. I am currently working on a new book project on German and Yiddish writings on China by European Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII. Alongside research and teaching in the field of German Studies, I am also serving as the Director of Global Higher Education MS Program at Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. I teach graduate courses on internationalization of higher education, administration of study abroad programs and international student services.

Selected Publications


China und China-Erfahrung in Leben und Werk von Anna Seghers. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010.


“Synthesis and Transtextuality—The Jewish Re-invention of Chinese Mythical Stories in ‘Shanghai Ghetto’.” “einmal alles von Anfang an erzählen”: The Social, Political, and Personal Dimensions of Storytelling, Eds. Kristy Boney and Jennifer Marston William. Rochester: Camden House, 2018. Forthcoming.

„Zwischen Romantik und Orientalismus: Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte in der Weimarer Republik.“ German Studies Review 38.3 (2015): 531-554.

“Otherness in Solidarity: The Collaboration between Chinese and German Left-wing Activists in the Weimar Republic.” Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia. Ed. Qinna Shen and Martin Rosenstock. Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association. New York: Berghahn, 2014, 73-93.

„Von unmittelbarer Aktualität zu sinnbildlicher Gestaltung – Über die Seghers’sche China-Rezeption.“ Argonautenschiff: Jahrbuch der Anna-Seghers-Gesellschaft. 21 (2012): 67-79.

“Braveness in Non-Action: The Taoist Strategy of Survival in Bertolt Brecht’s Schweyk and Anna Seghers’ Transit.” Brecht Yearbook 36 (2011): 106-122.

„Anna Seghers´ Sinologiestudium und ihr Interesse an chinesischer Kunst.“ Argonautenschiff: Jahrbuch der Anna-Seghers-Gesellschaft. 18 (2009): 155-65.

„Zukunftsorientierte Landeskunde. Der Erwerb landeskundlicher Kenntnisse und moderner Arbeitstechnik als Lernziele.“ Didaktische Reflexionen: “Berliner Didaktik” und Deutsch als Fremdsprache heute. Ed. Hans Werner Hess. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2004. 109-20.

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