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

Contact Information


Peters Hall 217
(440) 775-8639

Personal Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.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:

Disability’s Past: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg and the Deviant Body in German Literature

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:

-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