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Tufts University
Olin Center 314
Medford, MA 02155

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Markus Wilczek
Associate Professor of German Program
Director of Graduate Program and German Graduate Program

Ph.D., German, Johns Hopkins University (2007)
Staatsexamen für Lehrämter (M.A. equivalent), German, Political Science, and Sociology, University of Göttingen, Germany (2000)

Research Interests
Seventeenth to twenty-first century German literature in its European context; Literature and the Environment, Discourses of Sustainability; Literary and Cultural Theory, Theories of Reading; Intersections of Literature, Science, and Philosophy; Media
Studies, Aesthetics of the Human Voice; Post-dramatic Theater; History of Germanistik in the United States 1933-1945

Markus Wilczek is Associate Professor of German in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. He first came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins in 2007. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, he taught at Harvard (2007-2014). His research is supported by grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. In addition, he has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.

Central to Markus Wilczek's teaching and research is the question of how changes in the semantic and cultural fabric of the eighteenth and nineteenth century inform the condition of literature and theory in modernity. His first monograph Das Artikulierte und das Inartikulierte: Eine Archäologie strukturalistischen Denkens (Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2012) examines the historical foundations of structuralist and poststructuralist thought. In addition, Professor Wilczek has published articles on Lichtenberg, Goethe, Kleist, Heiner Müller, the rhetorical notion of 'voice,' and conceptual history. Currently, he is writing a book on literary, philosophical, and economic discourses of 'Nachhaltigkeit' ('sustainability') from the eighteenth century to the present.

Major Publications


  • Das Artikulierte und das Inartikulierte: Eine Archäologie strukturalistischen Denkens. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2012 ("Spectrum Literature: Comparative Studies" series, ed. Moritz Baßler, Werner Frick and Monika Schmitz-Emans, vol. 31). X, 243 pp.


  • "Against Maturation: On 'Bildung' and Sustainability in Stifter." Forthcoming in Bildung and the Humanities. Ed. David Pan and Ulrich Kienzel. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015.
  • "Was bleibt ist Müll: Hyperobjekte in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur." Forthcoming in Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 134 (2014).
  • "Water and Words: Narrating Sustainability." Forthcoming in New German Critique (2014), Special Issue on 'The Challenge of Ecology to the Humanities: Post-Humanism or New Humanism?'
  • "The Puppet Inside: Reading Stuffing in Heiner Müller's Kleist." Heinrich von Kleist and His Lecacy. Ed. Jeffrey High. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013 ("Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft" series, ed. Norbert Bachleitner). 131-145.
  • "Ab: Lichtenberg's Waste." The Germanic Review 87.4 (2012): 305-324.
  • "Articulation Lost in Translation: Wissenstransfer zwischen Verdrängung und Vereinnahmung." Wort – Begriff – Diskurs. Deutscher Wortschatz und Semantik in europäischen Bezügen. Ed. Heidrun Kämper and Jörg Kilian ("Sprache – Politik – Gesellschaft" series, ed. Heidrun Kämper, Jörg Kilian, and Kersten Sven Roth, vol. 7). Bremen: Hempen, 2012. 85-101.
  • "gegen: Bewegungen durch Goethes Der Mann von funfzig Jahren." Goethe Yearbook 17 (2010): 223-237.
  • "Stimme." Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Ed. Gert Ueding. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2009. Vol. 9. 83-99. Co-authored with Rüdiger Campe.
  • "Das Artikulierte und das Unartikulierte: Zum semantischen Wandel der Artikulation in der Sattelzeit." Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 126.2 (2007): 198-225.

Fellowships and Awards

  • Research Fellowship, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany (2014)
  • Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (2013-2016)
  • Faculty Research Visit Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (2013)
  • Director's Fund Grant, Harvard University Center for the Environment (2013)
  • Dean's Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (2005)
  • Fellowship, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Johns Hopkins University (1998-1999)


  • German 3 (Fall 2014)
  • Additional courses to be listed soon