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Dr Betiel WasihunDr Betiel Wasihun

Betiel Wasihun, M.A., Ph.D. (Heidelberg)
DAAD-Montgomery Fellow at Lincoln College
Address:  Lincoln College, Oxford, OX1 3DR
Email:   betiel.wasihun@lincoln.ox.ac.uk
Tel:  01865 279780

Research

Betiel Wasihun’s research interests include German and Comparative literature from the eighteenth century to the present with a particular emphasis on twentieth century literature and aesthetics. She has worked on authors such as Kafka, R. Walser, Eichendorff and Beckett. Her current research project examines the literary representations of betrayal in a comparative study from the Middle Ages to the present.

 

Teaching

German literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, contemporary literature, and translation.

 

Publications


Books

Gewollt–Nicht-Gewollt: Wettkampf bei Kafka. Mit Blick auf Robert Walser und Samuel Beckett (Heidelberg: Winter, 2010)

Playing False: Representations of Betrayal, editor, together with Kristina Mendicino (Oxford: Lang, 2013) [Series: Cultural History and Literary Imagination, eds Christian Emden and David Midgley]


Articles

'Eth(n)ical Betrayal: Kleist's "Die Verlobung in St. Domingo" and Roth's "The Human Stain," in: Playing False: Representations of Betrayal, editor, together with Kristina Mendicino (Oxford: Lang 2013)

(co-authored with Kristina Mendicino) “Introduction,” in Playing False – Representations of Betrayal. Eds. Betiel Wasihun and Kristina Mendicino. (Oxford: Lang, 2013)

“The Name ‘Kafka’: Evocation and Resistance in Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore”, MLN (December 2014, Comparative Literature Issue 129.5)

“Kafka’s Failing Migrant and Spaces for Integration in Contemporary German and American Literature”, Neohelicon (Springer), forthcoming 2015

“To Be Seen: Shame in Kafka’s Beschreibung eines Kampfes”, Modern Language Review (July Issue 2015)

“Afropolitan Writing”, in: Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory. Ed. Julia Straub (Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, forthcoming 2016)