Silja Maehl Bio

Silja Maehl - Graduate Student,
German Studies

Entered Brown Fall 2008, ABD.

Silja's academic interests and research so far have encompassed aesthetics, language philosophy in romanticism, the turn of the century and the 20th century, transnational writing, translation theory as well as psychoanalysis. During her studies, Silja worked as an intern at the news service Reuters, the broadcasting station ZDF, and the magazine NEON. In 2001, she spent a semester at the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

She has presented some of her work on Yoko Tawada, Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt, and Tzveta Sofronieva at the annual conventions of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) – for which she has also organized two panels –, at the North-Eastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA) as well as at the University of Connecticut. In 2011, she co-organized an interdisciplinary graduate student conference at Brown entitled "(Re)Making Myths. The Creation, Use, and Abuse of Myths in German Literature, History, and Culture."

Her publications include a book review in Focus on German Studies (Tanja Dückers, Hausers Zimmer, 2011, Schöffling) and a forthcoming essay on Yoko Tawada. Currently, she is also co-editing an essay collection on the figure of the alien and the theme of border crossing in Science Fiction and migration studies.

2006 M.A. in Contemporary German Literature, Philosophy as well as Journalism/Communication Studies from Humboldt Universität and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Thesis Title: Das Ungesagte und das Unsagbare. Kommunikationsstörungen und Schweigen in ausgewählten Dramen von Arthur Schnitzler ("The Unsaid and the Unsayable. Communication Breakdowns and Silence in selected plays of Arthur Schnitzler").

2011 M.A. in German Studies from Brown University.