University of Wisconsin–Madison

Marc Silberman

Languages: German, French
Area of study: history of German cinema, Bertolt Brecht and the tradition of political theater, and East German literature and culture
About Me: Marc Silberman, who retired in January 2016, received his Ph.D. from Indiana University (1975) and joined the UW faculty in 1988 after spending twelve years at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses on German literature, cinema, and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first century, including as guest professor at UCLA, Freie Universität Berlin, Albert Ludwig Universität Freiburg, University of Oxford, and Hebrew University. He has published three monographs and edited or co-edited twenty-eight volumes or special issues of journals as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and interviews in his areas of expertise. He is also a translator of, among others, Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller.

Recent Publcations


German Cinema: Texts in Context. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995.

Heiner Müller, Forschungsberichte zur DDR-Literatur 2. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1980.

Literature of the Working World: A Study of the Industrial Novel in East Germany. Bern / Frankfurt am Main: H. Lang, 1976.


Recent edited volumes and special issues:

“New Research on East Germany,” Imaginations: Journal of Visual Culture, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2017).

Brecht on Performance. Co-edited and translated by Tom Kuhn, Steve Giles, and Marc Silberman. London: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014.

Brecht on Theatre. Co-edited and translated by Marc Silberman, Steve Giles, and Tom Kuhn. London: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2014.

DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture: A Companion, co-edited with Henning Wrage (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014), 346 pages.

Memory and Postwar Memorials: Confronting the Violence of the Past. Co-edited by Marc Silberman and Florence Vatan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe, co-edited with Karen E. Till and Janet Ward. New York: Berghahn Books, 2012.

The German Wall: Fallout in Europe. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Screening War: Perspectives on German Suffering. Co-edited with Paul Cooke. Rochester: Camden House, 2010.


Recent refereed articles and book chapters:

“Harry Smith’s Mahagonny,” Brecht Yearbook 41 (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2017).

“Heiner Müllers frühe Amerikaaufenthalte,” co-authored with J. Hermand, T. Galloway, J. Swaffar, H. Fehervary, in Stephan Pabst and Johanna Bohley, eds., Material Müller: Das literarische Nachleben Heiner Müllers (Berlin: Verbrecher Verlag, 2017).

“Readings and Misreadings? The GDR and the GSA,” German Studies Review 39.3 (Fall 2016): 611-20.

“Introduction,” co-author Henning Wrage, in Silberman and Wrage, eds., DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture: A Companion (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014), 1-22.

“Introduction – After the Violence: Memory,” co-author Florence Vatan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 1-11.

“After-Words: Lessons in Memory and Politics,” in Silberman and Vatan, eds., Memory and Postwar Memorials: Confronting the Violence of the Past (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 213-226.

Das Leben der Anderen: The Screenplay as Literature and the Literary Film,” in Paul Cooke, ed., “Das Leben der Anderen” and Contemporary German Film: A Companion (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013), 139-158.

Sonnensucher (1958/1971) von Konrad Wolf,” in Elena Agazzi and Erhard Schütz, eds., Nachkriegskultur: Literatur, Sachbuch und Film in Deutschland 1945-1961 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013), 458-462.

“January 1932: The Threepenny Lawsuit,” in Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson, eds., A New History of German Cinema (Rochester: Camden House, 2012), 213-18.

“Introduction: Walls, Borders, Boundaries,” co-authors Karen E. Till and Janet Ward, in Silberman, Till, Ward, eds., Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe (New York: Berghahn Books, 2012), 1-22.

“Bertolt Brecht, Politics, and Comedy,” in Social Research, Vol. 79, No. 1 (Spring 2012), 169-188.

“A Postcolonial Brecht?” in Markus Wessendorf, ed., Brecht in/and Asia, The Brecht Yearbook 36 (Storrs, CT: The International Brecht Society, 2011), 241-247.

“Introduction: Where Is Germany?” in Silberman, ed., The German Wall: Fallout in Europe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 1-8.

“Soundless Speech / Wordless Writing: Language and German Silent Cinema,” in Imaginations: Journal of Cross Cultural Image Studies, Vol. 1, no. 1 (December 2010), 40-71;

“Introduction: German Suffering?” Co-author Paul Cooke, in Silberman and Cooke, eds., Screening War: Perspectives on German Suffering (Rochester: Camden House, 2010), 1-14