Adelson, Leslie Allen

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies
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Professor Adelson’s teaching and research concentrate on German literature from 1945 to the present and additionally reflect interdisciplinary as well as transnational approaches to culture and history. Her focal interests include German literature of the post-war and post-socialist eras, emergent literatures often associated with minority and migrant populations (especially regarding Jews and Turks), and postcolonial theories of difference and approximation. New research projects revolve around the literary imagination as a form of labor and the conceit of futurity in German literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Former chair of the Department of German Studies, Prof. Adelson currently directs Cornell’s interdisciplinary Institute for German Cultural Studies.

Geographic Focus

  • country (self-governing)

  • transnational region