Diana Spokiene

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S534
Phone: 416.736.2100 Ext: 20764
Emailspokiene@yorku.ca

Diana Spokiene is Associate Professor in German Studies. She is also affiliated with the Graduate Program in Humanities, the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, and the Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact. Her research and teaching areas are modern German literature, gender and cultural production, inter/cultural studies, and small nations in the context of globalization. Over the past five years at York, she has been teaching courses on German fairy tales, German Romanticism, and German language courses.

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Area of Specialization

German Studies

Degrees

Ph.D. , University of Alberta
M.A. , University of New Brunswick
Dipl.Phil., Vilnius University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

2014-present Executive Committee, Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact, York University; 2012-2014 Executive Board, Canadian Association of University Teachers of German; 2011-2014 Coordinator of German Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; 2010-present Executive Committee, Canadian Centre for German and European Studies; 2007-present Executive Committee, European Studies Program, York University;

Research Interests

Post-1750 German literature and culture, textual representations of cities, gender and cultural production

All Publications

Books

Translation and Translating in German Studies. A Festschrift for Raleigh Whitinger. . Co-edited with John L. Plews. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.

Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture. A special theme issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 48: 1 (2012), co-edited with Peter M. McIsaac and Gabriele Mueller. U of Toronto Press.

Bekenntnisse einer Giftmischerin, von ihr selbst geschrieben. Ed. with Raleigh Whitinger. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

Confessions of a Poisoner, Written by Herself. Ed. and trans. with Raleigh Whitinger. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

Friederike Helene Unger: Über Berlin. Aus den Briefen einer reisenden Dame. Hannover-Laatzen: Wehrhahn, 2006.

Book Chapters

"Introduction: Rethinking Translation and Translating in German Studies". Translating and Translation in German Studies. Ed. John L. Plews and Diana Spokiene. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016. 1-14.

“Found in Translation: German Women Writers and Translation Practices Around 1800.” Historical Textures of Translation: Traditions, Traumas, Transgressions. Ed. Susan Ingram and Markus Reisenleitner. Vienna: Milletre, 2012. 95-108.

“Gendered Urban Spaces: Cultural Mediations on the City in Eighteenth-Century German Women’s Writing.” Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture. Ed. Jaimey Fischer & Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. 123-140.

“Introduction.” Bekenntnisse einer Giftmischerin, von ihr selbst geschrieben. Ed. with Raleigh Whitinger. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. vii-xxxix.

“Cultural Disequilibrium: Teaching German Intercultural Literature in a Multicultural Foreign Language Class.” Intercultural Literacies and German in the Classroom. Festschrift für Manfred Prokop zum 65sten Geburtstag. Ed. C. Rieger, J.L. Plews and C. Lorey. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2007, 395-410.

“Identität durch Stadtgeschichte: Friederike Helene Ungers Briefe über Berlin (1798).” Geschichte(n) – Erzählen: Konstruktionen von Vergangenheit in literarischen Werken deutschsprachiger Autorinnen seit dem 18. Jahrhundert. Ed. Marianne Henn, Irmela von der Lühe and Anita Runge. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2005. 249-65.

“Censorship and the Art of Writing in the Soviet Time: The Other Lithuania.” Language – Politics – Culture. Ed. Waclaw Osadnik and Piotr Fast. Czestochowa: Wydawnictwo Wyzszej Szkoly Lingwistycznej, 2004. 61-71.

Journal Articles

“Introduction.” Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture. Special Theme Issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 48:1 (2012). (with Gabriele Mueller and Peter McIsaac) : 1-8.

“Searching Elsewhere for the True Self: Jurga Ivanauskaite’s Novel Gone With Dreams.” Lituanus 50:3 (2004): 40-53.

“Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes und die Dialektik der Modesprache im Werk Thomas Manns.” (with Holger A. Pausch). Wirkendes Wort: Deutsche Sprache und Literatur in Forschung und Lehre 49:1 (1999): 86-104. Reprinted in ‘weil ich finde, dass man sich nicht >entziehen< soll.’ Gesammelte Aufsätze zu Thomas Mann und seinem Werk. Sonderband der Zeitschrift Wirkendes Wort. Ed. Lothar Bluhm and Heinz Rölleke. (invited publication for the special issue dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Wirkendes Wort) Trier: WVT, 457-76.

“Zu den Partikeln in der Wortliste des Zertifikats Deutsch als Fremdsprache.” (with Franz Eppert). Zielsprache Deutsch 28: 2 (1997): 72-80.

Conference Papers

25 July 2013: "Rethinking the Private/Public Divide: City as Cultural Space in Early German Women's Writing," Conference Gender in the European Town: From Medieval to Modern, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

28 April 2011: "Autobiography as a Museum Narrative: Jana Hensel's 'Zonenkinder'" (2002). Conference The Past on Display: Museums, Film, Musealization. York University, Canada.

5 August, 2011. "The Past as Popular Culture in Contemporary German Literature." The International Society for Cultural History Annual Meeting History-Memory-Myth: Re-presenting the Past. University of Oslo, Norway.

22 May 2009 "Performing (in) the City in Eighteenth Century German Women’s Writing." Conference Women’s Creativity Around 1800. Carleton University, Ottawa

29 December 2009 "Literary Translators on Source Texts and Translation Practice." Invited presentation at the panel organized by the MLA Office of Book Publications. MLA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA (with Raleigh Whitinger)

31 July 2008 "Future Perfect: Utopian Visions of Ideal Societies in F. H. Ungers Der Mondkaiser." The 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Studies of European Ideas Language and the Scientific Imagination, University of Helsinki, Finland

31 May 2008 "Of Other Spaces: Vilnius as Cultural Space in the Writings of Therese Huber." 21st Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference Baltic Crossroads: Examining Cultural, Social, and Historical Diversity, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

09 June 2007 “'Diese Nation hat noch Jahrhunderte zu arbeiten:' Therese Forster-Huber and the Cultural History of Vilnius." 7th Baltic Studies Conference in Europe The Baltic Region between Germany and Russia: Dependence and Independence in Past and Presence, the Nord-Ost Institut Lüneburg (near Hamburg), Germany

17 June 2006 "Making Culture Visible: Visual Practices in Texts by Jurga Ivanauskaite." 20th Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference Re-Imagining the Baltic Region: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future, the George Washington University, USA

01 Oct 2005 "All the City’s a Stage: Berlin in the Writings of Friederike Helene Unger." 29th Annual German Studies Association Meeting, Milwaukee, USA

27 June 2005 "Point of No Return: Jurga Iavanauskaite’s Migrating Women’s Aesthetics." International Conference Storytelling and Cultural Identity. Centro Cultural de Congressos de Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, Portugal

05 June 2005 "Searching Elsewhere for the True Self: Jurga Ivanauskaite's Novel 'Gone with Dreams.'" Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference Dynamics of Integration and Identity: The Baltics in Europe and the World, University of Toronto

Book Reviews

Review of Carrie Smith-Prei, Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realisms in the German Sixties. University of Toronto Quarterly. A Canadian Journal of the Humanities 85.3 (2016): 420-422.

Review of Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, ed. Transitions of Lithuanian Postmodernism: Lithuanian Literature in the Post-Soviet Period. Slavic Review. 72:2 (2013): 394-395.

Review of Susanne Kord, Murderesses in German Writing, 1720-1860: Heroines of Horror. The German Quarterly 85:4 (2012): 479-480.

Review of Immacolata Amodeo and Eva Erdmann, eds. Crime and Nation: Political and Cultural Mappings of Criminality in New and Traditional Media. IASLonline. 2010

Review of Birte Giesler, Literatursprünge. Das erzählerische Werk von Friederike Helene Unger. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies 42:1 (2006): 79-81.

Review of: Ute Scheub, Verrückt nach Leben. Berliner Szenen in den zwanziger Jahren. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies 40:4 (2004): 398-400.

Review of Deborah L. Parsons, Streetwalking the Metropolis. Women, the City, and Modernity. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 39:4 (2003): 181-82.

Review of Inge Weile, Giftmordwissen und Giftmörderinnen: Eine diskursgeschichtliche Studie. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 38:3 (2002): 301-02.

Review of Christopher Moseley, ed., From Baltic Shores. Short Stories. The International Fiction Review 29 (2002): 101-02.

Review of Wendell Mayo, In Lithuanian Wood. The International Fiction Review 27 (2000): 117-19.

Review of Violeta Kelertas, ed., Come into My Time: Lithuania in Prose Fiction 1970-1990. The International Fiction Review 27 (2000): 109-11.

Review of Matt Erlin, Berlin’s Forgotten Future: City, History, and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Germany. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. (forthcoming)

Review of Karin Baumgartner, Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué. H-Net. hhtp://h-net.msu.edu (forthcoming)

Forthcoming

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/GER1791 6.0  The Fairy Tale: From Grimm To Disney LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/GER2000 6.0  Intermediate German LGCL  
Fall 2017 AP/GER3001 3.0  Advanced Level German, Level IA LGCL  


Diana Spokiene is Associate Professor in German Studies. She is also affiliated with the Graduate Program in Humanities, the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, and the Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact. Her research and teaching areas are modern German literature, gender and cultural production, inter/cultural studies, and small nations in the context of globalization. Over the past five years at York, she has been teaching courses on German fairy tales, German Romanticism, and German language courses.

Area of Specialization

German Studies

Degrees

Ph.D. , University of Alberta
M.A. , University of New Brunswick
Dipl.Phil., Vilnius University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

2014-present Executive Committee, Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact, York University; 2012-2014 Executive Board, Canadian Association of University Teachers of German; 2011-2014 Coordinator of German Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; 2010-present Executive Committee, Canadian Centre for German and European Studies; 2007-present Executive Committee, European Studies Program, York University;

Research Interests:

Post-1750 German literature and culture, textual representations of cities, gender and cultural production

All Publications

Books

Translation and Translating in German Studies. A Festschrift for Raleigh Whitinger. . Co-edited with John L. Plews. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.

Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture. A special theme issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 48: 1 (2012), co-edited with Peter M. McIsaac and Gabriele Mueller. U of Toronto Press.

Bekenntnisse einer Giftmischerin, von ihr selbst geschrieben. Ed. with Raleigh Whitinger. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

Confessions of a Poisoner, Written by Herself. Ed. and trans. with Raleigh Whitinger. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

Friederike Helene Unger: Über Berlin. Aus den Briefen einer reisenden Dame. Hannover-Laatzen: Wehrhahn, 2006.

Book Chapters

"Introduction: Rethinking Translation and Translating in German Studies". Translating and Translation in German Studies. Ed. John L. Plews and Diana Spokiene. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016. 1-14.

“Found in Translation: German Women Writers and Translation Practices Around 1800.” Historical Textures of Translation: Traditions, Traumas, Transgressions. Ed. Susan Ingram and Markus Reisenleitner. Vienna: Milletre, 2012. 95-108.

“Gendered Urban Spaces: Cultural Mediations on the City in Eighteenth-Century German Women’s Writing.” Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture. Ed. Jaimey Fischer & Barbara Mennel. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. 123-140.

“Introduction.” Bekenntnisse einer Giftmischerin, von ihr selbst geschrieben. Ed. with Raleigh Whitinger. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. vii-xxxix.

“Cultural Disequilibrium: Teaching German Intercultural Literature in a Multicultural Foreign Language Class.” Intercultural Literacies and German in the Classroom. Festschrift für Manfred Prokop zum 65sten Geburtstag. Ed. C. Rieger, J.L. Plews and C. Lorey. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2007, 395-410.

“Identität durch Stadtgeschichte: Friederike Helene Ungers Briefe über Berlin (1798).” Geschichte(n) – Erzählen: Konstruktionen von Vergangenheit in literarischen Werken deutschsprachiger Autorinnen seit dem 18. Jahrhundert. Ed. Marianne Henn, Irmela von der Lühe and Anita Runge. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2005. 249-65.

“Censorship and the Art of Writing in the Soviet Time: The Other Lithuania.” Language – Politics – Culture. Ed. Waclaw Osadnik and Piotr Fast. Czestochowa: Wydawnictwo Wyzszej Szkoly Lingwistycznej, 2004. 61-71.

Journal Articles

“Introduction.” Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture. Special Theme Issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 48:1 (2012). (with Gabriele Mueller and Peter McIsaac) : 1-8.

“Searching Elsewhere for the True Self: Jurga Ivanauskaite’s Novel Gone With Dreams.” Lituanus 50:3 (2004): 40-53.

“Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes und die Dialektik der Modesprache im Werk Thomas Manns.” (with Holger A. Pausch). Wirkendes Wort: Deutsche Sprache und Literatur in Forschung und Lehre 49:1 (1999): 86-104. Reprinted in ‘weil ich finde, dass man sich nicht >entziehen< soll.’ Gesammelte Aufsätze zu Thomas Mann und seinem Werk. Sonderband der Zeitschrift Wirkendes Wort. Ed. Lothar Bluhm and Heinz Rölleke. (invited publication for the special issue dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Wirkendes Wort) Trier: WVT, 457-76.

“Zu den Partikeln in der Wortliste des Zertifikats Deutsch als Fremdsprache.” (with Franz Eppert). Zielsprache Deutsch 28: 2 (1997): 72-80.

Conference Papers

25 July 2013: "Rethinking the Private/Public Divide: City as Cultural Space in Early German Women's Writing," Conference Gender in the European Town: From Medieval to Modern, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

28 April 2011: "Autobiography as a Museum Narrative: Jana Hensel's 'Zonenkinder'" (2002). Conference The Past on Display: Museums, Film, Musealization. York University, Canada.

5 August, 2011. "The Past as Popular Culture in Contemporary German Literature." The International Society for Cultural History Annual Meeting History-Memory-Myth: Re-presenting the Past. University of Oslo, Norway.

22 May 2009 "Performing (in) the City in Eighteenth Century German Women’s Writing." Conference Women’s Creativity Around 1800. Carleton University, Ottawa

29 December 2009 "Literary Translators on Source Texts and Translation Practice." Invited presentation at the panel organized by the MLA Office of Book Publications. MLA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA (with Raleigh Whitinger)

31 July 2008 "Future Perfect: Utopian Visions of Ideal Societies in F. H. Ungers Der Mondkaiser." The 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Studies of European Ideas Language and the Scientific Imagination, University of Helsinki, Finland

31 May 2008 "Of Other Spaces: Vilnius as Cultural Space in the Writings of Therese Huber." 21st Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference Baltic Crossroads: Examining Cultural, Social, and Historical Diversity, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

09 June 2007 “'Diese Nation hat noch Jahrhunderte zu arbeiten:' Therese Forster-Huber and the Cultural History of Vilnius." 7th Baltic Studies Conference in Europe The Baltic Region between Germany and Russia: Dependence and Independence in Past and Presence, the Nord-Ost Institut Lüneburg (near Hamburg), Germany

17 June 2006 "Making Culture Visible: Visual Practices in Texts by Jurga Ivanauskaite." 20th Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference Re-Imagining the Baltic Region: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future, the George Washington University, USA

01 Oct 2005 "All the City’s a Stage: Berlin in the Writings of Friederike Helene Unger." 29th Annual German Studies Association Meeting, Milwaukee, USA

27 June 2005 "Point of No Return: Jurga Iavanauskaite’s Migrating Women’s Aesthetics." International Conference Storytelling and Cultural Identity. Centro Cultural de Congressos de Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, Portugal

05 June 2005 "Searching Elsewhere for the True Self: Jurga Ivanauskaite's Novel 'Gone with Dreams.'" Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference Dynamics of Integration and Identity: The Baltics in Europe and the World, University of Toronto

Book Reviews

Review of Carrie Smith-Prei, Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realisms in the German Sixties. University of Toronto Quarterly. A Canadian Journal of the Humanities 85.3 (2016): 420-422.

Review of Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, ed. Transitions of Lithuanian Postmodernism: Lithuanian Literature in the Post-Soviet Period. Slavic Review. 72:2 (2013): 394-395.

Review of Susanne Kord, Murderesses in German Writing, 1720-1860: Heroines of Horror. The German Quarterly 85:4 (2012): 479-480.

Review of Immacolata Amodeo and Eva Erdmann, eds. Crime and Nation: Political and Cultural Mappings of Criminality in New and Traditional Media. IASLonline. 2010

Review of Birte Giesler, Literatursprünge. Das erzählerische Werk von Friederike Helene Unger. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies 42:1 (2006): 79-81.

Review of: Ute Scheub, Verrückt nach Leben. Berliner Szenen in den zwanziger Jahren. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies 40:4 (2004): 398-400.

Review of Deborah L. Parsons, Streetwalking the Metropolis. Women, the City, and Modernity. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 39:4 (2003): 181-82.

Review of Inge Weile, Giftmordwissen und Giftmörderinnen: Eine diskursgeschichtliche Studie. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 38:3 (2002): 301-02.

Review of Christopher Moseley, ed., From Baltic Shores. Short Stories. The International Fiction Review 29 (2002): 101-02.

Review of Wendell Mayo, In Lithuanian Wood. The International Fiction Review 27 (2000): 117-19.

Review of Violeta Kelertas, ed., Come into My Time: Lithuania in Prose Fiction 1970-1990. The International Fiction Review 27 (2000): 109-11.

Review of Matt Erlin, Berlin’s Forgotten Future: City, History, and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Germany. Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. (forthcoming)

Review of Karin Baumgartner, Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué. H-Net. hhtp://h-net.msu.edu (forthcoming)

Forthcoming


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/GER1791 6.0  The Fairy Tale: From Grimm To Disney LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/GER2000 6.0  Intermediate German LGCL  
Fall 2017 AP/GER3001 3.0  Advanced Level German, Level IA LGCL