Shira Miron

Shira Miron joined Yale’s German Department as a graduate student in the PhD program in 2018. She earned both her B.Mus and M.Mus degrees in piano performance from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She studied German literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Freie Universität Berlin. Shira was a junior research fellow at Freie Universität and held a DAAD research fellowship, conducting research on the poetics in the late work of the poet Gertrud Kolmar. Her doctoral research explores the emergence of the musical term polyphony as a figurative idea and poetic technique from the end of the 18th century to the second half of the 20th century, tracing its aesthetic, epistemological and sociological ramifications in German modernism. 

In addition to her academic path, Shira is active as a literary translator from German to Hebrew. Her translations include novellas by Joseph Roth and poems by Gertrud Kolmar. Her translation of writings by Paul Klee is forthcoming.


„Das Spiel des Helldunkels und die Erfahrung der Polyphonie: Mannigfaltigkeit zwischen und jenseits der Sinne“ Wiener Digitale Revue 3 (2022)

„Gertrud Kolmar und Chaim Nachman Bialik – Formen literarischer Renaissance zwischen Aggada und Poesie,“ in: Bettina Bannasch, Petro Rychlo (eds.), Formen des Magischen Realismus und die Literatur der Jüdischen Renaissance. Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2021, 117­–142

“Unraveling Heimat – Recontextualizing Gertrud Kolmar’s Das preußische Wappenbuch,” in: Susanne Zepp et al. (eds.) Disseminating Jewish Literatures: Knowledge, Research, Curricula, (Berlin, 2020), 89-100.

„Polyphon gefasstes Weiss – das weiße Papier in Gertrud Kolmars Welten,” Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies 6:1, (2019), 207–232.

Selected Participation in Conferences:

  • “Radicalism, Reform, Madness: on Büchner’s Lenz and Maupassant’s Le Horla,” Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA), Rochester University, March 2022
  • “Wort und Geist, Ursprung und Ende – Sprache und Emanzipation zwischen Chajim Heymann Steinthal und Hermann Broch,“ Emanzipation nach der Emanzipation. Jüdische Literatur, Philosophie und Geschichte von 1900 bis heute, Augsburg University, February 2022
  • “A Novel, Not a Sonata: Mann, Adorno, and the (Im)possibility of Writing Music as Literature,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), March 2021      
  • Über den Knopf hinaus – Ingeborg Bachmann’s Ein Wildermuth and the trap of testimony”, Key Legal Concepts in Law, History and Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, November 2018
  • “Gertrud Kolmar’s Asien – an Impossible Palimpsest of Belonging” Berlin-Oxford Workshop, Jesus College, University of Oxford, June 2018