Marike Janzen

Humanities - Humanities, Humanities & Western Civilization
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Bailey Hall, 205B
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574


Research Interests

  • 20th Century German Literature, Literature of Human Rights, World Literature, Comparative Literature


Coordinator, Humanities Peace and Conflict Studies Program

Selected Publications

Janzen, Marike S. “Berlin’s International Literature Festival: Globalizing the ‘Bildungsbürger.’” Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin, edited by Karin Bauer and Jennifer Hosek, Berghahn, 2018.
Janzen, Marike. Writing to Change the World: Anna Seghers, Authorship, and International Solidarity in the Twentieth Century. Camden House, 2018.
Janzen, Marike. “Solidarity, Human Rights, and the Poetics of Connection: Articulating Community in Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage’ and Lynn Nottage’s ‘Ruined.’” Identity and Community after the Cold War Era, edited by Edith Clowes and Jarrett Bromberg Shelly, 2016.
Janzen, Marike. “Experiencing Form: Service Learning in the Literature of Human Rights Classroom.” Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies, edited by Alexandra Schultheis and Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, 2015.
Janzen, Marike. “Is Normal Neutral? Performing Tolerance in the Berlin Republic.” Special Issue on, “Embracing the Other: Conceptualizations, Representations, and Social Practices of [In]Tolerance in German Culture and Literature,” edited by Elisabeth Herrmann and Florentine Strzelczyk, vol. 48, no. 3, Aug. 2012, pp. 365–78.
Janzen, Marike. “Messenger Writers: Anna Seghers and Alejo Carpentier in the Cold War.” Comparative Literature, vol. 62, no. 3, 2010, pp. 283–301.
Janzen, Marike. “Between the Pedagogical and the Performative: Personal Stories, Public Narratives and Social Critique in Anna Seghers’s Überfahrt.” German Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 2, 2006, pp. 175–91.

Humanities Brochure

Black Lives Matter

Summer Courses
Take a summer road trip that leads
to graduation.