Julia Hell

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Hell Julia

Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures

3206 MLB
812 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275

Phone: 734.763.5019
Fax: 734.763.6557
Department Profile

  • Affiliation(s)
    • CREES, Germanic Languages and Literatures, CES, WCED
  • Fields of Study
    • 19th- and 20th-century German studies (including East German literature), history and theory of realism/modernism, empires and their ruins
  • About

    Julia Hell's research and teaching focus on nineteenth- and twentieth- century German culture; literature, the visual arts, and politics; history and theory of realism/modernism; and the history, theory, and aesthetics of empires and their ruins. She is currently co-editor of Germanic Review.

    Hell has published extensively on German culture in the wake of National Socialism. She received the MLA's Scaglione Prize for her Post-Fascist Fantasies (1997). Selected parts of the text are available as pdf documents: Contents, Introduction, History as Trauma. Hell is currently working on a book-length manuscript provisionally entitled Ruins: From the Roman Empire to the Third Reich. The manuscript deals with the politics and aesthetics of imperial mimesis drawing on German, but also British and French materials from the Napoleonic era to post-World War II Europe.

    Hell has organized a series of international conferences: Peter Weiss' European Images; The Unification Effect; Ruins of Modernity. Hell co-organized the latter conference with Andreas Schoenle (Slavic Studies, University of London), and edited Ruins of Modernity (Duke University Press, 2010) with Schoenle. For more information, click here.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., German Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
  • Awards
    • Awards Helmut Stern Research Professor Fellowship, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan (2010-2011)
    • Grant to teach NEH Summer Seminar, “The Culture of Terror: Revisiting Hannah Arendt’s
    • Grant to teach Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminar, “Ruins of Modernity” (Fall 2004)
    • ACLS Fellowship (2003-2004)
    • LS&A Excellence in Research Award, University of Michigan (1999)
    • Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Best Book in Germanic Languages and Literature (1998)
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Book Chapters