Dr Monica Tempian

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Senior Lecturer in German School of Languages and Cultures

Courses

Teaching in 2018

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Bucharest, DrPhil Geneva

Profile

Dr Monica Tempian is a Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Languages and Cultures. Monica has taught German language, literature and culture since 1996, first as a PhD trainee and assistant of Professor Hans-Jürgen Schrader at Geneva University, and since 2006 as a lecturer in German at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research interests are focused in the areas of German literature, memory studies, ‘minority or multicultural literatures’, and diaspora and exile studies. Since her 2005 monographic publication on Heinrich Heine’s dream narratives, she has devoted most attention to research projects related to literary and life writing of Holocaust survivors, the migration experience and memory of Second World War child refugees, and the cross-fertilisations between New Zealand and German culture resulting from Second World War emigration. Monica has supervised MA and PhD theses on topics including German memory culture, multilingual theatre and the modern German novel. Monica is also a member of the editorial committee of The European Connection, a publication of the School of European Languages and Literatures, University of Auckland.

Current research projects

Monica is currently working on several large-scale research projects in the areas of 'minority or multicultural literatures', child refugees and diaspora and exile studies. One of her recent publications is an edited collection of research essays about the experiential drama of children and youth before, during and after the Holocaust. This book, published by Bloomsbury Academic, is the first one to place the war-time experiences of children, and the challenges of remembering and representing war traumas in a transnational context. Monica has also recently completed a book-length biography of actor Minnie Maria Korten (known in New Zealand as Maria Dronke) pursuing some of the same issues about displacement and cultural production in the diaspora.

Monica’s current research involves the preparation of the first Critical Edition of Manfred Winkler’s Poetry. Survivor-writer Manfred Winkler has been credited with playing a major role in representing the cultural diversity of Eastern Europe and the traumatic events of twentieth-century Europe, and the Critical Edition will provide the basis for placing the examination of his work in the context of international debates on Eastern European ‘minority or multicultural literatures’. The international acknowledgement of this research is reflected in Monica’s latest two awards – a 2016 Research Fellowship awarded by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, and a 2016 Research Grant for University Academics and Scientists awarded by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD).

Research supervision

Current supervision

  • 'Minority or multicultural literatures’.

Proposals welcome

  • German literature of the 19th-21st century
  • Autobiographical writing and translation of autobiographies, memoirs and other expository writings
  • Exile and diaspora studies
  • Memory studies
  • 'Minority or multicultural literatures’ from Eastern Europe
  • World War II and immediate post-war emigration from Continental Europe to New Zealand.

Teaching interests

Currently teaching German language at advanced level ( B2), German literature and culture from the 19th century till the present day, Vienna in literature and film.

Key achievements

  • Research Fellowship awarded by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 2016
  • Research Grant for University Academics and Scientists awarded by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), 2016
  • University Research Grant, 2015
  • Wellington Goethe-Institut (Book subvention), 2014
  • Wellington Goethe-Institut (Rose Ausländer anniversary exhibition, translation workshop funding), 2011
  • Tenure as Visiting Lecturer: University of Michigan-Dearborn (October), 2010
  • Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (Conference funding), 2009
  • “L’exil des petit gens”. Collaborative project led by Professor Daniel Azuelos, Université de Picardie, Amiens and Paris Sorbonne III. Funded by the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung & Fondation pour la Memoire de la Shoah, 2009
  • “10th International Forum of Young Heine-researchers”, led by Professor Joseph Kruse and Professor Manfred Windfuhr. Funded by the Heinrich Heine Gesellschaft. 10 leading young scholars selected on the basis of their first book publication on Heinrich Heine, 2007
  • Geneva University Grant (Book subvention), 2005
  • VG Wort: Förderungs- und Beihilfefonds Wissenschaft München, Funding for book publication, 2005
  • Geneva University Scholarship, 2000
  • Swiss Confederation Grant, 1999-2000.

Selected publications

Authored books

Minnie Maria Korten. Ein Schauspielerleben rund um die Welt (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015).

"Ein Traum gar seltsam schauerlich..." Romantikerbschaft und Experimentalpsychologie in der Traumdichtung Heinrich Heines (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2005).

Edited volumes of essays

M. Tempian, Simone Gigliotti (eds.), The Young Victims of the Nazi Regime: Migration, the Holocaust, and Postwar Displacement (London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2016).

M. Tempian, Hal Levine (eds.), Exile – Identity – Literature. Proceedings of the IV. Jewish Heritage and Culture Seminar (Wellington: Goethe Institut 2010).

Journal articles and book chapters

“Words without Borders: The Multicultural Dialogue of Manfred Winkler’s Poetry”, in: Tod Herzog, Hillary Herzog, Austrian Studies Journal, Winter 2016 Heft (Nebraska Press, in print).

“Edgar Hilsenrath. Eine Widmung 2016”, in: Georg Aescht, Enikő Dácz, Florian Kührer-Wielach (eds.), Spiegelungen. Zeitschrift für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas (Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 2016).

Zwischenwelten: Manfred Winklers Gedichte der Übergangszeit nach 1959, in: Georg Aescht, Enikő Dácz, Florian Kührer-Wielach (eds.), Spiegelungen. Zeitschrift für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas (Regensburg : Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 2016).

"Sounds and Silence. The Post-Shoah Poetry of Israel’s German-speaking olim", in: Myer Samra (ed.), Australian Journal of Jewish Studies (Sydney: Australian Association for Jewish Studies, 2016).

"War’s Displaced Geographies: Child Refugees and Their ‘Life After’ in New Zealand'", in: Joana Michlik (ed.), Families, Children and the Holocaust online papers series of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Boston, USA: Brandeis Institute, 2014).

"Die griechischen Göttinnen haben das Wort – ,im Traum, im Traum versteht sich': Satire und Travestie in Heinrich Heines Traum von der Göttinger Bibliothek", in: Bernhard Spies, Hanns-Werner Heister (eds.), Mimesis, Mimikry, Simulatio. Tarnung und Aufdeckung in den Künsten vom 16. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Festschrift für Erwin Rotermund zum 80. Geburtstag (Berlin: WEIDLER Buchverlag, 2013).

M. Tempian, Simone Gigliotti, "From Europe to the Antipodes: Acculturation and Identity of Deckston Children and Kindertransport Children in New Zealand", in: Andrea Hammel, Bea Lewkowicz (eds.), The Kindertransport to Britain. New Developments in Research. Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Vol. 13 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012).

"They had a foot in every century and every world... ". Deutschsprachige EmigrantInnen zwischen europäischer Herkunft und neuseeländischer Zukunft, in: Daniel Azuelos (ed.), Alltag im Exil (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2011).

"Negotiating Cultural Identity on the Stage: Maria Dronke, a German-Jewish Actor in New Zealand", in: Zev Garber, Daniel Morris (eds.), Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. 29 (Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2011).

"Die Schauspielerin Minnie Maria Dronke im neuseeländischen Exil. Ein Versuch künstlerisch zu überleben", in: Stefan Schreiner, Alfred Bodenheimer (eds.), Judaica. Beiträge zum Verstehen des Judentums (Basel: Stiftung Zürcher Lehrhaus, 2010).

"Mir lodert und wogt im Hirn eine Fluth." Zur Inszenierung von Angstträumen in Heinrich Heines Werk, in: Ute Friederich, Stephanie Müller (eds.), Kritische Ausgabe - Zeitschrift für Germanistik und Literatur (Bonn: Institut für Germanistik der Universität Bonn, 2010). Re-printed in Benedikt Viertelhaus, Marcel Diel, Fabian Beer (eds.), Edition Kritische Ausgabe – 25. Anniversary Issue, 2015.

Courses

Teaching in 2018