Regine Rosenthal

Academic Appointments

Visiting Associate Professor for MALS - Masters in Liberal Studies

Regine Rosenthal is a literary scholar in American Studies who received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her MA and PhD from Munich University, Germany. For many years, she taught American and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Munich and Augsburg, Germany. She was a fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, in 1985; held research appointments at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario and Dartmouth College; and participated in the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College in 1996. She has published widely in the fields of American, Comparative, Jewish, Holocaust and Women’s literature with special research interests in difference, race, memory, gender, migration and the figure of the Wandering Jew. Her current interdisciplinary teaching in Cultural Studies addresses literary, sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives on gender, race, diaspora and migration.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Boston
M.A. University of Munich
Ph.D. University of Munich

Selected Publications

“Performing Identity: Intersectionality in Three Autobiographical Texts by Women.” Interactions 23,1-2 (2014), 207-218.

“Gendered Post/Colonial Carribean Identities: The Challenge of Historical Transformation in Novels by Rhys, Allfrey, and Kincaid.” Change and Challenge. Eds. Murat Erdem, Lois R. Helmbold, Attila Silkü, Esra S. Öztarhan. Izmir: Ege University Press, 2012. 371-380.

“Literary, Critical and Theoretical Peregrinations: Geoffrey Hartman, Deconstruction, and the Wandering Jew.” A Voyage Through American Literature and Culture Via Turkey: Festschrift for Sam S. Baskett’s 90th Birthday. Ed. Nur Gökalp Akkerman. Prepared by Belma Ötüş-Baskett and Oya Başak. Istanbul: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınevi, 2011. 226-252.

“Modernism, Cosmopolitanism, and Difference in Yvan Goll’s Work.” Redefining Modernism and Postmodernism. Eds. Şebnem Toplu and Hubert Zapf. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 124-137.

“Border Crossings and Enchantment: Transformations of Ovid’s Orpheus in Works by Tennessee Williams and Thomas Pynchon.” Metamorphosis: Ovid and Modernity. Eds. Manfred Schmeling, Monika Schmitz-Emans. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2010. 131-142.

Translation of “Zerafa,” story by Immanuel Mifsud. In Transcript: European Internet Review of Books and Writing. (English-German translation and translator profile)

“Cultural Identity, History, and National Allegiance: Ludwig Lewisohn’s Search for Belonging.” Mattoid 55 (2006), 23-35.

“In Search of (a Jewish American Writer’s) Biography: Hero and Antihero in Alan Lelchuk’s Ziff: A Life?Literature and Theatre in Crosscultural Encounters. Ed. Regine Rosenthal. Lebanon, NH: Lebanon College Press, 2006. 173-181.

“Identity, Difference, and Exile: Demythologizing the Wandering Jew.” Komparatistik als Arbeit am Mythos. Eds. Monika Schmitz-Emans & Uwe Lindemann. Hermeia 6. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2004. 275-290.

“William Styron” in Holocaust Novelists: Dictionary of Literary Biography 299. Ed. Efraim Sicher. Detroit: Thomson/Gale, 2004. 331-339.

“Trivializing Horror, or Ethics in Holocaust Narrative: D.M. Thomas’s Pictures at an Exhibition.” ZAA, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 50, 2 (2002): 142-154.

“The Ravenous Wandering Jew: Mordecai Richler's Irreverent Tale of Gursky Im/ migration.” Canada and the Nordic Countries in Times of Reorientation / Le Canada et les Pays Nordiques à L’Heure de la Réorientation.. Ed. A. K. Lauridsen. The Nordic Association for Canadian Studies (NACS) Text Series, Vol. 14. Aarhus, Denmark: NACS, 1999. 45-57.

“Inventing the Other: Ambivalent Constructions of the Wandering Jew/ess in 19th Century American Literature.” Representations of Jews Through the Ages. Studies in Jewish Civilization 8. Eds. Leonard Jay Greenspoon and Bryan F. Le Beau. Omaha, NE: Creighton UP, 1996. 171-188.

“Reinscribing the Other: Transformations of the Wandering Jew in Heym, Kafka, and Werfel.” Carleton Germanic Papers (Ottawa, Canada), 24 (1996): 127-153.

“Immigrants’ Daughters: Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, and the Democratic Self.” Democracy and the Arts in the United States. Ed. Alfred Hornung, Reinhard R. Doerries, and Gerhard Hoffmann. American Studies 73. München: Wilhelm Fink, 1996. 219-226.

“Alan Lelchuk interviewed by Regine Rosenthal.” American Contradictions: Interviews with Nine American Writers. Eds. Wolfgang Binder and Helmbrecht Breinig.Wesleyan UP and UP of New England: Hanover and London, 1995. 49-75.

“Memory and the Holocaust: Mr. Sammler's Planet and The Bellarosa Connection.” Saul Bellow at Seventy-Five: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Gerhard Bach. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1991. 81-92; also in The Critical Response to Saul Bellow. Ed. Gerhard Bach. Westport CT: Greenwood, 1995.

“The Cultural Work of American Jewish Immigrant Autobiographies.” The Future of American Modernism: Ethnic Writing Between the Wars. Ed. William Boelhower. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1990. 152-175.


(Ed.) Literature and Theatre in Crosscultural Encounters. Lebanon, NH: Lebanon College Press, 2006. 201pp.

Die Erben des Lazarillo: Identitätsfrage und Schlußlösung im pikarischen Roman [The Heirs of Lazarillo: Identity and Narrative Ending in the Picaresque Novel]. Frankfurt/Main, Bern: Peter Lang, 1983. 168 pp.

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