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Faculty Bio

Sinka, Margit

Sinka, Margit

Professor of German


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of research: Medieval German Literature, Modernism (German prose and drama), Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Culture with emphasis on Berlin Studies, Holocaust Memory and Representation, and German Cinema. During her career at Clemson, Margit Sinka held several important national and regional positions in the field of German. Among these: Post-Secondary Representative on the Executive Council of the AATG (American Association of German Teachers)--2000-2003; Program Chair of post-secondary literature and German Studies sessions for the national AATG Conference of 2005; and Member of the Editorial Board of the South Atlantic Review. In the fall of 2008, she received the Merit Award from the national AATG and the New York Goethe Institute. After retiring, she conducted three 5-week Clemson University summer study abroad programs on Holocaust Remembrance: once in Brussels and twice in Berlin (where she now spends half of the year).

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Reinhard Zachau and Margit M. Sinka. Berliner Spaziergänge: Literatur - Architektur – Film. Newburyport: Focus, 2009

Robert Reimer, Reinhard Zachau and Margit M. Sinka. German Culture through Film: An Introduction to German Cinema. Newburyport: Focus, 2005. A revised and substantially expanded second edition was published 2017 by Hackett Publishing Co., Inc. (Indianapolis/Cambridge).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

Kafka’s Metamorphosis and the Search for Meaning in Twentieth Century German Literature. Approaches to Teaching Kafka’s Short Fiction.Ed. Richard T. Gray. New York: MLA, 1995, 105-113. Reprinted in Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2008.

When the Son is older than the Father: Dominik Graf’s Denk ich an Deutschland-TV-Film, German Politics and Society, 26, No. 2 (Summer 2008), 56-75.

The Denk ich an Deutschland Films of the two Andreases from the East: Kleinert’s bewildering Berlin and Dresen’s stagnating Uckermark, German Politics and Society, 25, No. 4 (Winter 2007), 65-98.

Christological Mysticism in Mechthild von Magdeburg’s Das Fließende Licht der Gottheit: A Journey of Wounds, The Germanic Review, LX, 4 (Fall 1985), 123-128. Reprinted in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Volume 91, Ed. Jelena Krstovic. Detroit: Gale, 2007.

“The ‘Different’ Holocaust-Memorial in Berlin’s Bayerisches Viertel: Personal and Collective Remembrance Thematizing Perpetrator/Victim Relationships.” Victims and Perpetrators: 1933-1945 and Beyond. (Re)Presenting the Past in Post-Unification Culture. Eds. Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2006, 170-196.

“The Generation Berlin: A Defining Construct for the Berlin Republic?” Berlin: The Symphony Continues. Eds. Carol A. Costabile-Heming et al. Berlin: Gruyter Verlag, 2004, 187-205.

Tom Tykwer’s Lola rennt: A Blueprint of Millennial Berlin,” Glossen 11 (June 2000), an online publication: