Sophie Schweiger

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Assistant Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
HQ 354, 320 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

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Sophie Johanna Schweiger will be joining Yale’s Department as Assistant Professor in July 2022. She finished her Ph.D. at Columbia University with a dissertation on the role of gestures in literature, film, and performance (2021). She worked one year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colgate University (2021-2022). Before that, she studied at the Universities of Vienna and Lisbon, and spent one year as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University.

Research & Recent Publications

Sophie’s research focuses on theatre, drama theory and the study of performance; intertextuality and inter-mediality, including intermedial quotation practices; Vienna 1900 and the performance of gender; as well as (post-)apocalyptical narratives and committed literature.

She has recently published on Arthur Schnitzler, “Corseted Choristry. Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen as Chor(e)ography,” German Quarterly (2021), and on emoji and Black Lives Matter: “Digital Schreibzeug & Emoji Activism,” Germanic Review (forthcoming). She also contributed to the Lexicon of Global Melodrama (ed. by Heike Paul, et. al.) with an entry on G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box. Currently, she is working on several projects, including her first book in which she uses gestures to study trans-mediality and media difference.

Recent Conference Talks

  • “‘Glückliche Zeiten, da es noch Kriege gab.’ Reading Günther Anders in 2022.”
    • Austrian Studies Association (ASA)
    • New Orleans, Louisiana. (2022)
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  • “‘Soll ich? – Muss ich?’ G. Büchner’s Woyzeck and the Imperative of Performance.”
    • German Studies Association (GSA)
    • Indianapolis, Indiana. (2021)
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  • “‘Loving’ Austria. Christoph’s Schlingensief’s Tragedy and Farce.”
    • Northeastern Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)
    • Boston, Massachusetts. (2020)
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  • “Emilia, Immediate. Requested Gestures and Lessing’s Aesthetics of Immediacy.”
    • EIKONES “Phantasms of Immediacy”
    • Basel, Switzerland. (2019)
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  • “Staging the Obvious. Elfriede Jelinek’s Prinzessinnendramen.”
    • Austrian Studies Association Conference (ASA)
    • Chicago, Illinois. (2017)
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