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University of Pittsburgh

Amy Colin

amy_colinAssociate Professor
1520 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


PhD, Comparative Literature, Yale University 1982
MPhil, Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1981
MA, German Literature, Yale University, 1980

Courses Taught

  • Poetics and Lyric Poetry from European Symbolism to Contemporary Language Experiments
  • Paul Celan and post World War II German poetry
  • Visionary Women Authors and Nobel Laureates for Peace
  • Money, Beauty, and Seduction: Psychograph of a Century in European Culture
  • Multiculturalism in Contemporary German Literature From Threshold to Threshold: Europe 1900-2000
  • Europe 1900-2000
  • Vienna 1900
  • German-Jewish Women Writers from Henriette Herz and Rahel Varnhagen to Rose Ausländer and Hilde Domin


  • Edith Silbermann, Czernowitz - Stadt der Dichter: Geschichte einer jüdischen Familie aus der Bukowina (1900-1948), editor and contributing author, Munich: W. Fink Verlag, 2015, 402 pages.
  • Paul Celan-Edith Silbermann, Zeugnisse einer Freundschaft, Gedichte, Briefe, Erinnerungen, co-edited with Edith Silbermann. Munich: W. Fink Verlag, 2010. pp 366.
  • Exclusions/Inclusions: Economic and Symbolic Displacements in the Americas, co-edited volume with P. Imbert and D. C. Durante. Ottawa: Legas, 2005.
  • Alfred Kittner: Der Wolkenreiter, co-editor and contributing author. Aachen: Rimbaud Verlag, 2004.
  • Versunkene Dichtung der Bukowina: Anthologie deutschsprachiger Lyrik, anthology and handbook of poetry, co-edited with the Shoah poet Alfred Kittner (1907-91). Munich: W. Fink Verlag, 1994.
  • Bridging the Abyss: Reflections on Jewish Suffering, Anti-Semitism, and Exile. Co-editor and contributing author. Munich: W. Fink Verlag, 1994.
  • Paul Celan: Holograms of Darkness, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.
  • Argumentum e Silentio. International Paul Celan Symposium, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1987.

Essays (selection)

  • "Au-delà de la couleur?" ("Beyond the 'Color-Line?' Reflections on the Reception of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Notion of the 'Particular' versus the 'Universal' in the Works of Charles Taylor, Wole Soyinka, and Isaac Bashevis Singer," trans. M. Rousselle), Trans, multi, interculturalité, Trans, multi, interdisciplinarité, ed. Brigitte Fontille and Patrick Imbert. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, December 2012, 115-128.
  • "Karl Emil Franzos, die Bukowina und Europa," Spuren eines Europäers: Karl Emil Franzos als Mittler zwischen den Kulturen, co-ed. (with E.V. Kotowski and A.D. Ludewig). Hildesheim/Zürich/New York: Georg Olms Verlg, 2007, 55-71.
  • Czernowitz as Nodal City in Rewriting Literary History: A Case Study on East-Central Europe , ed. Marcel Cornis-Pope, George Grabowicz, Tomislav Longinovic, John Neubauer, and Svetlana Slapsak. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing House, 2007.
  • "Fighting Against Hatred, Racism, and Anti-Semitism Through Education,“ Exclusions/Inclusions: Economic and Symbolic Displacements in the Americas," co-edited volume with P. Imbert and D. C. Durante. Ottawa: Legas, 2005, 77-85.
  • Essays on Paul Celan, Alfred Kittner, and Immanuel Weißglas in Holocaust Literature, ed. Lillian Kremer. New York: Routledge Press, 2002.
  • Jüdische Autorinnen der Bukowina im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert, An der Zeiten Ränder: Czernowitz und die Bukowina—Geschichte—Literatur—Verfolgung—Exil , ed. C. Cordon und H. Kusdat. Vienna: Verlag der Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft, 2002.
  • Paul Celan—eine plurale Identität: Bukowiner Jude, Europäer, Weltbürger, in Paul Celan: Unverloren. Trotz Allem, ed. B. Hain and H. Gaisbauer, Vienna: Mandelbaum Verlag, 2000.
  • "Geheimnis und Mord in Arthur Schnitzler's Therese: Chronik eines Frauenlebens," Schleier und Schwelle:Geheimnis und Neugierde , ed. Aleida und Jan Assmann. Munich: Fink Verlag, 1999.


  • Coexistence Studies
  • Multiculturalism
  • European Studies
  • Bukowina-Studies
  • Poetry
  • Literary Theory
  • Comparative Literature
  • European-Jewish Studies
  • German-Jewish Literature
  • Holocaust Studies

Awards and Honors

  • Member of the recipient team of the Canadian governmental research grant for the international project and program: “Les discours économiques transnationaux et la mondalisation dans les médias et les textes de vulgarisation au Canada en comparaison avec l’Amérique Latine: déplacements culturels et économiques.” Project Director: Patrick Imbert (University of Ottawa, Canada) (2002-2007).
  • Research Grant, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria (1998).
  • Research Grant, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France (1997).
  • Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1991-93).
  • Research Fellowship, Leo Baeck Institute, New York (1991).
  • The Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award of 1992 for Paul Celan: Holograms of Darkness (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991).
  • Research Fellowship, The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University (1988-89). 
  • Research Grant, University of Pittsburgh (1989).
  • Research Grant, Graduate Research Fund, University of Washington (1987).
  • Research Grant, Jewish Memorial Foundation (1986).
  • Grant for Individual Studies and Research, National Endowment for the Humanities (1984-85)

Academic and Honorary Positions

  • Member of the Conseil de patronage du Collège d'études mondiales (IEM), Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'homme (FMSH), Paris, France. FMSH is a public utility foundation under the supervision of the French Ministry of Education and Research, since 2011.
  • Research Professor at and Board Member of the Moses Mendelssohn Center, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2005-2007.
  • Non-Resident Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, 2004-2007.
  • Member of the Senior Academic Research Board of the Canadian research project, Transnational discourses in economics, 2002-.
  • Founder of the Institut International Interdisciplinaire in 1998, president of its international research organization devoted to studying and promoting the UNESCO concept of culture of peace. 
  • Guest Professor, Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, 1998.
  • Directeur d'Etudes, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 1997.
  • Guest Professor, University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot, 1997.
  • Member of the International PEN, Center for German Speaking Writers Abroad, 1987-.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Bonn University, MSH, and FU-Berlin, 1991-93.
  • Visiting Scholar, Comparative Literature, Harvard University, 1988-91.
  • Visiting Scholar, Cambridge University, 1987.
  • Fellow of the Society for the Humanities Fellowship at Cornell University, 1988-89.
  • Grant for Individual Studies and Research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984-85.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale University, 1984-85.

Professional Memberships

  • AATG
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • IVG
  • Modern Language Association