Vassar College

Silke von der Emde

Associate Professor of German Studies

Silke von der Emde received her PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1994. She is the author of Entering History: Feminist Dialogues in Irmtraud Morgner’s Prose (2004) as well as several articles on GDR literature, feminist theory, and German film. She is currently writing a book with the working title Women, Memory and the Second German Past. In addition to her scholarship on contemporary German literature, film, and culture, she is co-directing a broad initiative at Vassar College on the Holocaust. Together with her colleague Jeffrey Schneider, she developed Vassar's award-winning Intermediate German Sequence using the online bilingual environment MOOssiggang. The two have also published several articles on technology and foreign language pedagogy in prominent, peer-reviewed journals and books.


The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice as Chronicled by Her Minstrel Laura: A Novel in Thirteen Books and Seven Intermezzos (European Women Writers) by Irmtraud Morgner, Forword by Silke von der Emde, and Jeanette Clausen (translation) (University of Nebraska Press, 2000) (details)

Entering History: Feminist Dialogues In Irmtraud Morgner's Prose (German Life and Civilization) by Silke Von Der Emde (Peter Lang, 2004) (details)
Memory and the Holocaust Project
History, Memory and the Legacies of the Holocaust (see Vassar article and Christian Science Monitor)
Literature of the former GDR
Interview for the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC: Underappreciated Literature

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