Department of World Languages 

219 Alexander Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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Dr. Vesna Kondrič Horvat
Vesna Kondrič Horvat
Dr. Vesna Kondrič Horvat

Vesna Kondrič Horvat

Visiting Scholar

Vesna Kondrič Horvat comes from Slovenia and is a Professor of German Literature at the University of Maribor. She has been a Visiting Professor at universities in Jena (D), Leipzig (D), Graz (A), Wrocław (PL), Bergen (N), Usti nad Labem (CZ), in Atlanta (GA) and is currently a Visiting Professor at EMU.

As a scholar her main research interests are 20th Century Literature in German – especially Swiss Literature in German – Women’s Literature, Literary Didactics, Children’s and Youth Literature, German Studies as Cultural Studies, Intercultural Literature, as well as Transcultural and Transnational approaches. She researches and publishes articles and books in the area of German, Swiss, Austrian and Luxemburgian literature. Her most recent co-edited book published in English is entitled: Engendering Difference: Sexism, Power and Politics (2018), together with Michelle Gadpaille and Victor Kennedy.

Books published: 

  • Der eigenen Utopie nachspüren, (To Trace One’s Own Utopia, 2002),
  • Slowenisch-österreichische Kafka-Studien (Slovenian-Austrian-Kafka-Studies, 1998, Editor), 
  • Franz Kafka und Robert Walser im Dialog (A Dialogue between Franz Kafka and Robert Walser, 2010, Editor);
  • Gluscht – Anthology of Contemporary Swiss Literature (2013, Editor);
  • Hällewull – Anthology of Contemporary Luxemburgian Literature (2014, Editor together with Guy Helminger). 
  • “Ich mag Wörter, schöne Wörter“. Zu den Romanen von Hedi Wyss, („I Love Words, Beautiful Words.“ About Novels by Hedi Wyss, 2015).
  • Hedi Wyss: Redefreiheit. Kolumnen 1988-2013 (2015, Editor).
  • Hedi Wyss: Der Süden ist unten und hell, der Norden ist oben und dunkel. Reportagen 1988-2013 (2016, Editor).
  • Wörter sind verräterisch. Die Schriftstellerin Hedi Wyss als Journalistin (Words are Treacherous. The Writer Hedi Wyss as a Journalist, 2016).
  • Transkulturalität der Deutschschweizer Literatur. Entgrenzung durch Kulturtransfer und Migration (Transculturality of German Swiss Literature, 2017, Editor).
  • Engendering Difference. Sexism, Power and Politics (2018, Editor together with Michelle Gadpaille and Victor Kennedy).
  • Literarische Freiräume (Literary Freedom, together with Dejan Kos, Andrea Leskovec and Špela Virant, 2019, Editor) 

She has also traveled in the US extensively – almost after every GSA (German Studies Association) conference. So far she has attended conferences in Milwaukee (WI), Pittsburgh (PA), San Diego (CA), Arlington (VA), Oakland (CA), St. Paul (MN), Denver (CO), Kansas City (MO), Atlanta (GA) and is attending the conference in Portland in Oktober 2019.

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