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Sabine Gross

Professor of German 
804 Van Hise Hall 
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Sabine Groß joined the Department in 1992 with a Staatsexamen from Frankfurt University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara,. The recipient of a UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award, she teaches modern German literature, literary theory, and theater. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary German-language writers, narrative and stylistics, cognitive approaches to literature, image/text relations, the reading process, human perception, the human experience of time, and literary canon formation. She is also affiliated with the Department of Theatre and Drama, has conducted classes and workshops in theater and improvisation, and directs/produces German-language theater performances in the Department (Peter Handke’s Publikumsbeschimpfung 1997, Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Der Meteor 1999, Andreas Gryphius’ Peter Squenz 2001, Soeren Voima’s Das Kontingent 2003, Albert Wendt’s, Der Vogelkopp 2005, Ödön von Horváth’s, Glaube – Liebe – Hoffnung 2007). She is Book Review editor of the journal Monatshefte. She has served as Vice President (2003-2005) and President (2005-2007) of the International Johann Gottfried Herder Association and organized the international conference “Herausforderung Herder / Herder as Challenge” in Madison in 2006. With Sabine Moedersheim, she organized the 2005 Wisconsin Workshop “Writing (in) Images / (In) Bilder(n) schreiben.”

Selected publications:

  • Der frühe und der späte Herder: Kontinuität und/oder Korrektur / Early and Late Herder: Continuity and Correction. Edited by Sabine Groß and Gerhard Sauder. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2007. 495 pp.
  • “Narration in The Tin Drum: A Quirky Narrator in Search of the Truth.” Monika Shafi (ed.): Approaches to Teaching Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum. Modern Language Association: 173-204. (March 2008)
  • “Lese-Hunger.” Eva Kimminich (ed.): Gastro-Logie. Frankfurt, New York: Peter Lang, 2005: 69-107.
  • “Herder’s ‘Prescient’ Aisthesis. An Update on Touch and Vision.” Herder Yearbook VII. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2004: 69-87.
  • “Get Real: Narrative and Uncertainty in Fiction.” Michael Crawford, Paul Harris (eds.): The Study of Time 11. Leiden: Brill, 2004: 58-78.
  • “In Praise of Perambulation. Reflections on Perception, Embodied Subjects, and Learning Environments.” Hans Adler (ed.): Aisthesis and Aesthetics. Cambridge: Lang, 2002: 111-148.
  • “Adjusting the Frame: Comments on Cognitivism and Literature.” Co-authored with Hans Adler. Poetics Today 23:2 (2002): 195-220.
  • “Literatur und Synästhesie: Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Wahrnehmung, Sprache und Poetizität.“ Hans Adler (ed., with Ulrike Zeuch): Synästhesie. Interferenz – Transfer – Synthese der Sinne. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2002: 53-88.
  • Lese-Zeichen: Kognition, Medium und Materialität im Leseprozeß. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1994. xii + 158 pp.


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