German Language and Literatures
Department Chair:
Steve Huff

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.

Heidi Thomann Tewarson

Heidi Thomann Tewarson

Professor Emerita of German

Educational Background

  • B.S. Boston University, 1961
  • M.L.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1970
  • M.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1973
  • Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1977

Areas of special interest

Romanticism, Twentieth-century German Literature, Culture and Politics of the Weimar Republic,
East German Literature, German Women Writers

Published works 


Alfred Döblin: Grundlagen seiner Aesthetik und ihre Entwicklung, 1900-1933. (Alfred Döblin: Foundations of His Aesthetics and Their Development). Bern: Lang, 1979.

A Companion to the Works of Alfred Döblin, coedited with Roland Dollinger and Wulf Koepke. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2003)


Rahel Levin Varnhagen. Reinbeck bei Hamburg: Rowohlts Monographien, 1988. (3rd edition 1992; 4th edition 1997/5th edition 2003).

Rahel Levin Varnhagen. The Life and Work of a German Jewish Intellectual. Lincoln, NE: U.of Nebraska Press, 1998.

   Toni Morrison. Reinbeck/Hamburg: Rowohlts Monographien, 2005
  Willkommen und Abschied: Thirty-five Years of German Writers-in-Residence at Oberlin College. Coedited with Dorothea Kaufmann (Rochester: Camden House: 2005)

Selected Recent Articles

"Die 'große Freundin' und Freundschaftsstifterin Rahel Levin Varnhagen." In: Querelles. Jahrbuch für Frauenforschung (Band 3. Literarische Freundschaft) Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler, 1998, pp. 142-158.

"Die Aufklärung im jüdischen Denken des 19. Jahrhunderts: Rahel Levin Varnhagen, Ludwig Robert, Ludwig Börne, Eduard Gans, Berthold Auerbach, Fanny Lewald." Jahrbuch Vormärz Forschung 4: Juden und jüdische Kultur im Vormärz (Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 1999) pp. 17-61.

"Anna Siemsen" Internationales Germanistenlexikon 1800 - 1950 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2003)

"Alfred Döblin's Early Stories Die Ermordung einer Butterblume: Toward a Modernist Aesthetic." A Companion to the Works of Alfred Döblin, eds. Roland Dollinger, Wulf Koepke, Heidi Thomann Tewarson (Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2003) pp. 23-55.

Other articles on epistolary writing, German Jewish identity, Enlightenment thinking in German Jewish literature, and women’s writings, and on specific authors (Alfred Döblin, Bertolt Brecht, Anna Siemsen, Rahel Levin Varnhagen, Fanny Lewald).

"Jews among Christians in Germany." Encyclopedias of Diasporas. Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World. Vol. 1. Overviews & Topics. Eds. Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard. Published in conjunction with the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University (New York: Kluwe Academi/Plenum Publishers, 2004) 465-474.

Courses taught by Heidi Tewarson

Language Courses:  Beginning and Intermediate German

Literature Courses:

Introduction to German Literature (1830-1933)

Bertolt Brecht

From Naturalism to Expressionism

Twentieth-Century German Drama

Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Else Lasker-Schüler

Multicultural Literature in German, Austria, and Switzerland (1990-2005)

Contact information

229 Peters Hall