Sonja Klocke

Sonja Klocke is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her research focuses on twentieth to twenty-first century German culture, particularly on postwar German literature and film. She is the author of articles on the legacy of the GDR and the Holocaust, women’s writing, East German literature, contemporary writing on modern exile, migration and globalization, discourses on illness and the body, and gender theory. Her monograph, Inscription and Rebellion: Illness and the Symptomatic Body in East German Literature, appeared with Camden House in October 2015. Employing medical-historical research on the unique aspects of the GDR health-care system, feminist theory, queer theory, and discourses on the body, the study offers innovative readings of GDR and post-GDR fiction that highlight how the relationship between the representation of bodies in fiction relates to the material conditions of bodies before and after the rupture of 1989 and German unification.

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