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Elizabeth Loentz, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Germanic Studies


Office Phone:

(312) 413-2370

Drop-In Hours and Classes - Spring 2022
Wednesday 12:00pm – 02:00pm Drop-In Hours (on Zoom)
03:00pm – 05:30pm GER 514
Friday 03:00pm – 04:45pm LCSL 504


Major Interests: German-Jewish Studies, Yiddish culture in Central Europe, transnational and migrant literature, First German Women's Movement, late 19th to 21st century literature.

Selected Publications


  • Let Me Continue to Speak the Truth: Bertha Pappenheim as Author and Activist. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2007.

Journal/Special Issues Sections

  • Editor. Forum on “Forum: Feminism in German Studies.” The German Quarterly 91, no. 2 (2018): 202-227.
  • Editor (with Carl Niekerk). “Forum on Austrian Studies.” The German Quarterly 89.2 (Spring 2016): 221-39.
  • Guest Editor (with Sander L. Gilman). Beyond Klezmer: The Legacy of Eastern European Jewry. Special Issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 26.1 (Fall 2006).


  • Interview of Elizabeth Loentz by Tsafi Saar, קולה של אמא קדומה, Haaretz, February 23, 2009.


  • “Jewish Women and Intersectional Feminism: The Case of Bertha Pappenheim” Feminist German Studies. Vol. 39, Nr. 1 Spring/Summer 2023, 24–50.
  • “Religiöse Elemente und Modernität in der Wiener Literatur um 1900.” Die Geburt der Moderne aus dem Geist der Religion? Religion, Weltanschauung und Moderne in Wien um 1900. Eds. Rudolf Leeb and Astrid Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020, 359–376.
  • “American Children Writing Yiddish: The Published Anthologies of the Sholem Aleichem Yiddish Schools of Chicago.” Dimensions of Storytelling in German Literature and Beyond. Eds. Jennifer Marston William and Kristy Boney. Camden House, 2018, 152–63.
  • “Beyond Negative Symbiosis: The Displacement of Holocaust Trauma and Memory in Alina Bronksy’s Scherbenpark (2008) and Olga Grjasnowa’s Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt (2012).” German Jewish Literature after 1990. Eds. Katja Garloff and Agnes Mueller. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018, 101–22.
  • The Literary Double Life of Clementine Krämer: German-Jewish Activist and Bavarian ‘Heimat’ and Dialect Writer,” Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies 1 (2011): 109-36.
  • “Two Unpublished Texts: Another Tale of the Baal Shem and A Human Fable,” Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal 14.2 (Fall 2009): 32-41.
  • “‘The most famous Jewish pacifist was Jesus of Nazareth…’: German-Jewish Pacifist Clementine Krämer’s Stories of War and Visions for Peace. Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature and Culture 23 (2007): 126-155.
  • “Yiddish, Kanak Sprak, Klezmer, and Hip-Hop: Ethnolect, Minority Culture, Multiculturalism, and Stereotype in Germany.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 26.1 (Fall 2006): 33-62.
  • “Karl Emil Franzos and Bertha Pappenheim’s Portraits of the (Eastern European Jewish) Artist.” Jews of Eastern Europe. Ed. Leonard Greenspoon, Ronald A. Simkins, and Brian Horowitz. Studies in Jewish Civilization 16. Omaha: Creighton University Press, 2005, 79-100.
  • “The Problem and Challenge of Jewishness in the City of Schnitzler and Anna O.” A Companion to the Works of Arthur Schnitzler. Ed. Dagmar C.G. Lorenz. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2003, 79-102.
  • “A Turkish-German Odyssey: Aras Ören’s Eine verspätete Abrechnung oder Der Aufstieg der Gündoğdus.” Writing Against Boundaries: Nationality, Ethnicity and Gender in the German-speaking Context. Ed. by Helga Kraft and Barbara Kosta. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2003, 99-112.
  • “Millennial Possibilities: Entering the Profession at the Jahrtausendwende.” German Quarterly 73.1 (Winter 2000), 16-18.


Editorial Work:

  • Book Review Editor, The German Quarterly (2016-2021)
  • Co-Editor, Book Series, Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik (2019–2022)


Notable Honors

2022, Fellow, Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at the Holocaust Education Foundation of Northwestern University

2013, Fulbright (German Studies Seminar), United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

2009-2010, Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC Teaching Excellence Review Committee

2007, Fritz Halbers Fellowship in German-Jewish History and Culture, Leo Baeck Institute


PhD, Ohio State University
MA, University of Pennsylvania
BA, University of Pennsylvania