German Language and Literatures
Department Chair:
Elizabeth Hamilton

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758650
Fax: 440 7756355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–Noon and 1–3:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Hamilton

Elizabeth Hamilton

Associate Professor & Chair of German Language and Literatures, Section 504/ADA Coordinator

Contact Information


Peters Hall 217
(440) 775-8639

Personal Office Hours:
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
and by appointment.

Elizabeth Hamilton

Elizabeth Hamilton

Associate Professor/Chair

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Grove City College, 1987
  • Master of Arts, University Delaware, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State Univ, 1998

Areas of special interest

Twentieth-century West German literature and film, East German cinema, Postwar narratives of “Vergangenheitsbewältigung,” Disability Studies

Recent and forthcoming publications

Book in progress:

What Kind of Island in What Kind of Sea? Translation and scholarly edition of Was für eine Insel in was für einem Meer? by Franz Fühmann and Dietmar Riemann

Edited book:

Worlds Apart? Disability and Foreign Language Learning. Eds. Tammy Berberi, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Ian Sutherland. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007.


“ Teaching German to Students Who are Blind: A Personal Essay on the Process of Inclusion.” To appear in Worlds Apart? Disability and Foreign Language Learning. Eds. Tammy Berberi, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Ian Sutherland. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007. (27 ms. pp.)

Unsereins muß auf die Bühne: The Tin Drum and the Stage.” To appear in Grass’s The Tin Drum. Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Ed. Monika Shafi. New York: MLA, 2006. (20 ms. pp.)

“ The State of the Community: Foreign Language Students with Disabilities and Language Lab Technology.” 37.2 The IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies. (Fall 2005): 17-33.

“ Of Miracles and Pedestals. Helen Keller Through German Eyes.” Disability Studies Quarterly. 26.1 (Winter 2006). <>“Ulrich Plenzdorf: After Oberlin.” Willkommen und Abschied. Thirty-Five Years of German Writers-in-Residence at Oberlin College. Eds. Dorothea Kaufmann and Heidi Thomann Tewarson. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. 62-66.

“ Language Barriers and Barriers to Language: Disability in the Foreign Language Classroom” co-authored with Tammy E. Berberi. Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum. Eds. Liat Ben-Moshe, Rebecca C. Cory, Mia Feldbaum, and Ken Sagendorf. Syracuse: Graduate School, Syracuse U, 2005. 11-19.

Review of The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling by Jeanne Safer (New York: Free Press-Simon and Schuster, 2002). Disability Studies Quarterly 25.2 (Spring 2005). <>

“ No Longer Unreasonable: Disability in German Cinema.” Disability Studies Quarterly 24.3 (Summer 2004). <>

“ Deafening Sound and Troubling Silence in Volker Schlöndorff’s Die Blechtrommel.” Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of German Culture. Eds. Lutz Koepnick and Nora Alter. New York: Berghahn, 2004. 130-142.

“ Imaginary Bridges: Politics and Film Art in Robert Musil’s Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß and Volker Schlöndorff’s Der junge Törleß.” Colloquia Germanica Volume 1 (Winter 2003): 69-85.

“ Read the Book or Watch the Movie? Der Richter und sein Henker at the Intermediate Level.” Die Unterrichtspraxis 35.2 (2002): 141-148.

“ From Social Welfare to Civil Rights: The Representation of Disability in Twentieth-Century German Literature.” The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability. Ed. David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1997. 223-239.

Translation of “Embarking for New Shores” by Heinz-Uwe Haus. Rocky Mountain Review 45 (1991): 237-246.

Recent courses taught:

-First Year Seminar:  Disability

The Seventies, the Germanies, the Cinema

-East German Cinema

-New German Cinema

-History of German Cinema

-The Deviant Body in German Literature and Film

-Elementary and Intermediate German Language courses

-Member of Oberlin's Interdisciplinary Cinema Studies Committee