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Heidi Schlipphacke, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Germanic Studies


Building & Room:

1516 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-0965


Major Interests: 18th century literature and thought; gender and kinship; post-fascist German and Austrian literature; European cinema; queer theory; critical theory; psychoanalysis; time

Selected Publications


Special Journal / Yearbook Issues:

  • Co-Editor, Lessing Yearbook 44: “Lessing, The European Enlightenment, and the First Sexual Revolution” (with Carl Niekerk). Göttingen: Wallstein, 2017.
  • “Habsburg Nostalgia.” Journal of Austrian Studies 47.1 (March 2014).

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Adorno and the Ethics of Camp,” Understanding Adorno, Understanding Modernism. Ed. Robin Truth Goodman. New York: Bloomsbury, Forthcoming.
  • “Kinship and Aesthetic Depth: The Tableau vivant in Goethe’s Wahlverwandtschaften.” Publications of the English Goethe Society 87.3 (2018). Forthcoming.
  • “Introduction: ‘Sissi’: The Convergence of Memory and Myth” (with Maura Hametz). Sissi’s World: The Empress Elisabeth in Memory and Myth. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • “Jackie’s Queer Body: Elfriede Jelinek’s Tod und das Mädchen IV and American First Lady Drag.” JELINEK(JAHR)BUCH. Elfriede Jelinek-Forschungszentrum 2016-2017 (Summer 2017): 116-41.
  • “The Future of Melancholia: Freud, Fassbinder and Anxiety After War: 2015 Presidential Lecture.” Pacific Coast Philology 52.1 (2017): 6-22.
  • “Austrian Studies in a New Époque” (with Imke Meyer). The German Quarterly 89.2 (Spring 2016): 227-29.
  • “The Place and Time of the Uncanny.” Pacific Coast Philology 50.2 (2015): 163-72.
  • “The Temporalities of Habsburg Nostalgia.” Journal of Austrian Studies 47.2 (July 2014): 1-17.
  • “The Trouble With Shane: Lesbians and Polygamy.” Dana Heller (ed). Loving the L Word. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013: 81-99.
  • “Heterotopic Bodies: Intimacy and the Global in Tom Tykwer’s The International.”  Richard T. Gray and Hamid Tafazoli (eds). Außenraum–Mitraum–Innenraum: Heterotopien in Kultur und Gesellschaft. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012: 151-68.
  • “Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and the Gender of Revenge.” Robert Dassanovsky (ed). Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious BasterdsA Manipulation of Metacinema. London and New York: Continuum, 2012: 113-33.
  • ““Das kleine Ich”: Robert Menasse and Masculinity in Real Time.” Sabine Wilke (ed). From Kafka to Sebald: Modernism and Narrative Form. London and New York: Continuum, 2012: 97-123.
  • “Melancholy Empress: Queering Empire in Ernst Marischka’s Sissi Films.” Screen 51.3 (Autumn 2010): 232-55.
  •  —. Reprinted in Sissi’s World: The Empress Elisabeth in Memory and Myth.
  • “Fragmented Bodies: Masculinity in Contemporary German Cinema.” Santiago Fouz-Hernández (ed).  Mysterious Skin: The Male Body in Contemporary Cinema. London and New York: I B Tauris, 2009: 27-43.
  • “Postmodernism and the Place of Nostalgia in Ingeborg Bachmann’s Franza Fragment.” The German Quarterly 79.1 (2006): 71-89.
  • “Melodrama’s Other: Entrapment and Escape in the Films of Tom Tykwer.” Camera Obscura62 (2006): 108-43.
  • “Translating Jelinek: Globalizing the Austrian Province.” Modern Austrian Literature 38.1/2 (2005): 73-82.
  • “’Vous appellés cela betrügen?’: Slippery French Morals and German Bourgeois Virtues in Selected Writings by G.E. Lessing.” Rhine Crossings: Love and War in France and Germany. Aminia Brüggemann and Peter Schulman (eds). Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2005: 35-67.
  • “‘Die Vaterschaft beruht nur überhaupt auf der Überzeugung’: The Displaced Family in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre.” Journal for English and German Philology 102.3 (2003): 390-412.
  • “Enlightenment, Reading, and the Female Body: Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser.” Gegenwartsliteratur I (2002): 310-28.
  • “The Dialectics of Female Desire in G.E. Lessing’s Emilia Galotti.”  The Lessing Yearbook 33 (2001): 55-78.
  • “A Hidden Agenda: Gender in Selected Writings by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer.” Orbis Litterarum 56.4 (2001): 294-314.
  • —Reprinted in Theodor Adorno. 4 vols. Ed. Gerard Delanty. London: Sage, 2004. 391-409.
  • “Eros and Community: C.F. Gellert’s Das Leben der schwedischen Gräfin von G***.” The Germanic Review 76.1 (2001): 70-89.
  • “Construction of a Gendered Subject: A Feminist Reading of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory.” The Semblance of Subjectivity: Essays in Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. Tom Huhn and Lambert Zuidervaart (eds). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997. 287-308 (with Sabine Wilke).

Creative Editorial Work and Short Essays:

  • Co-Editor, “A Home at the End of the World: A Festschrift for Frederick Lubich.” with Susan Wansink. TRANS-LIT2 18.2 (SPRING 2012): 91-154.
  • Sissi and Die Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (The Fateful Years of an Empress).”World Film Locations: Vienna. Robert von Dassanawsky (ed). New York: Intellect, 2012: 46-47.

Notable Honors

2017-2018, Institute for the Humanities Fellow, UIC

2008, Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant, United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

1995-1996, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


PhD, University of Washington