Leslie C Morris

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Germanic Languages and Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992.
  • B.A.: English literature, Smith College, 1980.


  • German Jewish studies
  • Holocaust and Memory studies
  • comparative literature and literary theory
  • 20th- & 21st-century German & Austrian literature & poetry
  • experimental poetry
  • Narrative medicine; psychoanalysis
Courses Taught
  • The Unconcealed: Experiments in Poetry
  • The Holocaust: Memory, History, Narrative
  • Remediating the Holocaust
  • Place and Displacement: Transnational German-Jewish Culture
  • Interrogating the Archive
  • Translation Unbound
  • Marginalia
  • Listening to German Anxiety: Sound and Memory
  • Getting Lost with Kafka
  • Diaspora Poetics
  • Death in Vienna
  • Secrecy and Surveillance
  • Jewish and German Memory/Culture
  • Out of Europe: Time, Place, and Memory Since 1945
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director, Center for Jewish Studies : 2002 - 2009; 2016--2019
  • Association for Jewish Studies: Vice President for Publications , 2011 - 2015
  • The Translated Jew: German Jewish Culture outside the Margins. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2018.
  • "She Did Not Speak." Georgia Review (Winter 2018, Vol. LXXII, no. 4):877-896.
  • Three-Way Street: Jews, Germans and the Transnational. Morris, Leslie, Jay Geller, University of Michigan Press, Co-Editor, 2016.
  • “German Studies and Jewish Studies: Symbiosis of Two Fields.”German Studies Review. 2016: 601-610.
  • “Epistemology of the Hyphen: German-Jewish/-Holocaust Studies." In Crossing the Disciplinary Divide: Conjunctions in German and Holocaust Studies. Eds. Jennifer Kapczysnki and Erin McGlothlin. Camden House, 2016: 107-119.
  • “Reading H.G. Adler (tangentially).” In H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy. Eds. Julia Creet, Sara Horowitz and Amira Dan. Northwestern University Press, 2016: 375-391.
  • "The Translated j/je/jew/Jude/Juif." In Trans-lation - trans-nation - trans-formation. íœbersetzen und jí¼dische Kulturen. Eds. Petra Ernst, Hans-Joachim Hahn, Daniel Hoffmann, Dorothea Salzer. Studienverlag (Innsbruck, Wien, Bozen). 2012: 207-216.
  • “Placing and Displacing Jewish Studies: Notes on the Future of the Field.“ PMLA 125:3 (May 2010): 764-773.
  • “Spuren Europas im jí¼dish-amerikanischen Schreiben: Alfred Kazin.“Abschied von Europa. Jí¼disches Schreiben zwischen 1930 und 1950. Eds. Alfred Bodenheimer und Barbara Breysach. Edition text + kritik, 2010: 123-141.
  • “Austrian Jewish Studies?“Contemporary Austrian Studies: 18 (2010): 348-350.
  • German Quarterly. Guest editor, special issue on German-Jewish and Jewish-German Studies. 82:3: 2009.
  • “How Jewish is German Studies? How German is Jewish Studies?“German Quarterly. Special issue on German-Jewish and Jewish-German Studies. 82:3: 2009: vii-xii.
  • “How Jewish is it? W.G. Sebald and the Question of Contemporary German-Jewish Writing.“The New German Jewry and the European Context. The Return of the European Diaspora. Ed. Y. Michal Bodemann. Palgrave Macmillan: 2008: 111-128.
  • “Poesie und Verlust: Zur í„sthetik in Rose Auslí¤nders Lyrik.“ Ed. Jens Birkmeyer. "Blumenworte welkten:" Identití¤t und Fremdheit in Rose Auslí¤nders Lyrik. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag: 2008: 67-76.
  • “Translating Czernowitz: The Non-Place of East Central Europe.“Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature (31:1, 2007): 187-205.
  • “Der modifizierte Jude als Stigmatext.“Erinnern und Geschlecht Volume II.Freiburger Frauenstudien (2007): 85-101.
  • “Berlin Elegies: Absence, Postmemory and Art after Auschwitz.“ Shelley Hornstein and Florence Jackobowitz. eds. Image and Remembrance: The Holocaust in Art. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003: 288-304.
  • “The Sound of Memory.“German Quarterly 74.4 (2002): 368-378.
  • Unlikely History: The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis 1945-2000. Leslie Morris and Jack Zipes, eds. New York; Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2002.
  • “Postmemory, Postmemoir.“ Leslie Morris and Jack Zipes, eds. Unlikely History: The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis 1945-2000. New York: Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2002. 291-306.
  • Contemporary Jewish Writing in Germany. Leslie Morris and Karen Remmler, eds. University of Nebraska Press, 2002.
  • “Ich suche ein unschuldiges Land“: Reading History in the Poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann. Tí¼bingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2001.