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Erin McGlothlin is Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in German from the University of Virginia in 2001.
Her main research interests are in the areas of Holocaust literature and film and German-Jewish literature. She is the author of Second-Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration (2006) and has co-edited two volumes: After the Digital Divide?: German Aesthetic Theory in the Age of New Digital Media (2009, with Lutz Koepnick) and Persistent Legacy: The Holocaust and German Studies (2016, with Jennifer Kapczynski). Additionally, she has published articles in major journals and edited volumes on such topics as Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Ruth Klüger’s weiter leben, Edgar Hilsenrath’s Der Nazi und der Friseur, Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser, and other fictional and non-fictional works of Holocaust literature and film and German-Jewish literature. She is currently working on a book titled Constructing the Mind of the Holocaust Perpetrator in Fictional and Documentary Discourse, which is under advance contract with Northwestern University Press.
In addition to a comparative focus on the literature of the Holocaust, Professor McGlothlin’s research and teaching interests include postwar and contemporary German literature, Jewish Studies, narrative theory, autobiography, and the graphic novel. Undergraduate and graduate courses she has taught include Between Transmission and Transgression: Representing the Holocaust; Yidishkayt: Yiddish Literature in English Translation; Twentieth-Century German-Jewish Literature; Children in the Shadow of the Swastika; Truth or Fiction: Autobiographical Fiction and Fictional Autobiography; Imagining the Holocaust in Contemporary Jewish Literature; The Task of the Translator; and The Graphic Novel and the Jewish Experience. She has also created with Professor Anika Walke a year-long freshman seminar on the Holocaust that culminates in a study trip to Holocaust-related sites in Germany, Poland and Lithuania.
Professor McGlothlin was a research fellow in residence at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in 2006, was a co-leader with Anita Norich of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Hess Faculty Seminar on Holocaust Literature in January 2014, and was an instructor at the Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University in 2016. She has received additional research grants from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Washington University Center for the Humanities. In Summer 2010, she was a DAAD Guest Professor at the Universities of Dortmund and Paderborn. She is also co-editor (with Brad Prager) of the Camden House book series Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture, and Thought.
From 2010 to 2012, Professor McGlothlin was Director of Research, and, in 2013, Interim Director of the Washington University Center for the Humanities.
20th and 21st-century German literature, Holocaust studies (literature, film and theory), Jewish studies (contemporary German-Jewish and diasporic Jewish literature), narrative theory, autobiography, memory studies, the graphic novel
Spring 2017 Courses
L21 German 331: Topics in Holocaust Studies: Children in the Shadow of the Swastika
L21 German 340C: German Literature and the Modern Era