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Markus Wilczek

(617) 627-2576
Packard Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest:

Seventeenth to twenty-first century German literature in its European context; Literature and the Environment, Discourses of Sustainability; Literary and Cultural Theory, Theories of Reading; Intersections of Literature, Science, and Philosophy; Media
Studies, Aesthetics of the Human Voice; Post-dramatic Theater; History of Germanistik in the United States 1933-1945


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States, 2007
  • Staatsexamen für Lehrämter (MA equivalent), University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, 2000
  • Zwischenprüfung (BA equivalent), University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, 1996


Markus Wilczek is Associate Professor of German in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. He first came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins in 2007. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, he taught at Harvard (2007-2014). His research is supported by grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. In addition, he has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.

Central to Markus Wilczek's teaching and research is the question of how changes in the semantic and cultural fabric of the eighteenth and nineteenth century inform the condition of literature and theory in modernity. His first monograph Das Artikulierte und das Inartikulierte: Eine Archäologie strukturalistischen Denkens (Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2012) examines the historical foundations of structuralist and poststructuralist thought. In addition, Professor Wilczek has published articles on Lichtenberg, Goethe, Kleist, Heiner Müller, the rhetorical notion of 'voice,' and conceptual history. Currently, he is writing a book on literary, philosophical, and economic discourses of 'Nachhaltigkeit' ('sustainability') from the eighteenth century to the present.