Lilla Balint

Lilla Balint
Lilla Balint

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

Christian A. Johnson 202A

Lilla Balint is working on her book, Ruins of Utopia: History, Memory, and the Novel after 1989, which is a comparative study of the remembrance of socialism after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the redefinitions of Europe that emerge after the Cold War.

As a literary and cultural critic, Balint focuses on questions of literary transnationalism, translation, and methods of comparative analysis. Although much of her work revolves around different aspects of the contemporary, she has a longstanding interest in the history and theory of narrative forms from the eighteenth century to the digital age.

Prior to coming to Hamilton, Lilla taught at Vanderbilt University for three years, where she was also the director of undergraduate studies in German. She also taught at the summer program of the Freie Universität Berlin. Balint received her doctorate in German studies from Stanford University in 2014.

Recent Courses Taught

First Term German
Third Term German

Select Publications

  • "Sickness unto Death in the Age of 24/7: Wolfgang Herrndorf's Arbeit und Struktur," On 2417: Neoliberalism and the Undoing of Time, special issue of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, eds. Necia Chronister and Lutz Koepnick, Volume 40.2 (2016). 
  • "'Labßt uns doch mal wieder einen Nazi verspeisen': Unverdaute deutsch-judische Geschichte bei Barbara Honigmann" ('Let's Devour a Nazi Again!': Indigested German-Jewish History in Barbara Honigmann's Bilder von A.), Ordre et desordre a table, Germanica, No. 57 (2015). 
  • "Weder Fakt noch Fiktion: Eine Grauzone. Zur Epistemologie des Erinnerns bei Barbara Honigmann" (Neither Fact Nor Fiction: A Gray Zone. The Epistemology of Remembrance in Barbara Honigmann's Fiction), Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Luge: Zum Werk Barbara Honigmanns, eds. Yfaat Weiss and Amir Eshel, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2013. 
  • "Auf der Suche nach dem verlorenen Raum-Das relativistische Raumkonzept und die Erzahltheorie" (In Search of Lost Space-Relativistic Notions of Space and Narrative Theory), Gelebte Milieus und virtue/le Raume: Der Raum in der Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, ed. Klara Berzeviczy et al, Leipzig: Frank und Timme Verlag, 2009. 

Professional Affiliations

American Comparative Literature Association
Modern Language Association
German Studies Association
Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies

Appointed to the Faculty: 2017

Educational Background

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
M.A., University of Connecticut
B.A., Universitat Leipzig


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