B. Venkat Mani
Office Number: 858 Van Hise Hall
Language: German, Turkish, Hindi, Urdu
Research/Language Interests: 19th to 21st Century German literature and culture; World literature; Translation; the Novel; Migrants and Refugees in the German, European, and global contexts; Literature and Migration; Print- and digital cultural histories; Theories of cosmopolitanism, globalization, post-colonialism, and transnationalism.
About: I received my BA (Honors) (1993) and MA (1995) in German Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University (2001). In addition, I attended the University of Vienna, Bogazici University in Istanbul, and the Freie Universität, Berlin. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on 19th to 21st Century German literature and culture, world literature in translation, migration in the German and European context, book- and digital cultural histories, and theories of cosmopolitanism, globalization, post-colonialism, and transnationalism. I founded and co-directed UW-Madison’s World Literature/s Research Workshop (2007-2016). My publications include Cosmpolitical Claims: Turkish-German Literatures from Nadolny to Pamuk (University of Iowa Press, 2007) and Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany’s Pact with Books (Fordham University Press, 2017). In addition I have co-edited three volumes and I am the co-editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature (2018). Recent Awards and Grants include Alexander for Humboldt Foundation’s Fellowship for Senior Researchers [2011-12; 2013; Host institution: Institute of Book Studies, University of Leipzig], and Andrew Mellon Foundation’s, Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Cultural Studies Grant for the project, “Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere” (2014-16), and UW-Madison’s Kellett Research Award (2017-20).
Affiliated Departments: IRIS (Institute for Regional and International Studies); Center for the History of Print and Digital Cultures
• Stanford University, Ph.D. German Studies (2001)
• Stanford University, M.A. German Studies (1996)
• Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, M.A. German Studies (1995)
• Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, B.A. (Honors) German Studies (1993)