Marike Janzen

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 205B
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574



Ph.D., Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Bethel College

Research Interests

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


Coordinator, Humanities Peace and Conflict Studies Program

Selected Publications

Janzen, M. S., Bauer, K. & Hosek, J. (2018). Berlin's International Literature Festival: Globalizing the 'Bildungsbürger'. In , Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin. Berghahn.

Janzen, M. (2018). Writing to Change the World: Anna Seghers, Authorship, and International Solidarity in the Twentieth Century, Camden House.

Janzen, M. Clowes, E. & Shelly, B. (2016). Solidarity, Human Rights, and the Poetics of Connection: Articulating Community in Bertolt Brecht's 'Mother Courage' and Lynn Nottage's 'Ruined'. In , Identity and Community after the Cold War Era.

Janzen, M. Schultheis, A. & Goldberg, E. S. (2015). Experiencing Form: Service Learning in the Literature of Human Rights Classroom. In , Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies.

Janzen, M. Herrmann, E. & Strzelczyk, F. (2012). Is Normal Neutral? Performing Tolerance in the Berlin Republic. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 48(3), 365-78.

Janzen, M. (2010). Messenger Writers: Anna Seghers and Alejo Carpentier in the Cold War. Comparative Literature, 62(3), 283-301.

Janzen, M. (2006). Between the Pedagogical and the Performative: Personal Stories, Public Narratives and Social Critique in Anna Seghers’s Überfahrt. German Quarterly, 79(2), 175-91.

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