Dr. Derek Hillard


Director of International and Areas Studies

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Contact Information


Eisenhower 215

Research Interests

Modernism, German literature, emotion in the arts, poetry, Paul Celan


Ph.D., Germanic Studies, Indiana University, 2001

Recently Offered Courses

Advanced German Conversation and Composition, German IV

Music in German Culture, German to English Translation, Vienna 1900

Selected Publications


Poetry as Individuality: The Discourse of Observation in Paul Celan. Bucknell University Press, 2010.

Edited book

Feelings Materialized: Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Modern Germany, co-edited with Heikki Lempa and Russell Spinney. New York: Berghahn Books 2020.


“Animals and Aesthetic Empathy in Germany around 1900.” In Feeling Beyond the Human, eds. Erika Quinn and Holly Yanacek (forthcoming with De Gruyter Press).

“Internationale Celan-Rezeption—USA.” In Celan-Handbuch, 3rd edition, Metzler Press (forthcoming with Metzler).

“Reading Embodied Emotions in Rilke’s Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge.” In Feelings Materialized: Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Modern Germany,New York: Berghahn Books, 2020, 62-76.

"Paul Celan in America." Compar(a)ison, 1:2 (2013) [appeared 2017] 61-83.

"Are There Painful Images? Ernst Jünger and Beholding Pain in Photography." Seminar. November, 50:4 (2014) 461-82.