M.A. Tübingen University, 1991; Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1998

Daniela Hempen received an M.A. in German and Scandinavian languages and literatures from Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany, in 1991. In September of that same year, Daniela relocated to Vancouver, Canada, to pursue doctoral studies in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in medieval German literature and culture in 1998. While working on her doctoral thesis, Daniela began to teach as a Teaching Assistant and as a Sessional Lecturer at UBC. Daniela is currently a Lecturer in German in the Department of CENES at UBC, and has been teaching German language and literature at the university level for more than 20 years.

The sun is still, the earth is on the move.

– Bertolt Brecht

Selected Recent Publications

“Grünender Wald, gebannter Ort und Palast der Fee: Zum Verhältnis zwischen Mensch und Natur in Franz Grillparzers Melusina.” Monatshefte 105 (2013): 71-85. Print.

“Wie die Kinder den Krieg verließen . . . : Musik, Natur und Erlösungssehnsucht in Margarete Jehns Hörspiel ‘Der Bussard über uns.’“ Germanic Notes and Reviews 43 (2012): 7-14. Print.

“Wolfsvieh, Flügelbär und König Etzels Grab . . . : Ungezähmte Natur als falscher locus terribilis in Thomas Glavinics Endzeitroman Die Arbeit der Nacht.” Neophilologus 95 (2011): 291-303. DOI 10.1007/s11061-010-9223-3. Print.

Medieval studies; 19th and 20th/21st century German literature and culture; representations of nature in literature; literary ‘otherworlds’ (dystopias/utopias); representations of trauma in literature

Research Projects

Dystopias/utopias and nature/environmentalism in post-WWII German literature

Translation of Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken’s Der Roman von der Königin Sibille from Early Modern German into English. (Custom Course Material for use in the classroom; completed 2014)

Currently Teaching

Winter 2020

GERM100 Beginners' German I Sections

Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations. See also GERM 433.

Winter 2020

GERM200 Intermediate German I Sections

Competence and fluency in everyday situations; ability to report and narrate past events fluently and to express opinions; familiarity with contemporary issues in the German-speaking societies.

Winter 2020

GERM302 German Literature after 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected literary works from West, East, and the United Germany, as well as from Austria and Switzerland.

Winter 2020

GERM110 Beginners' German II Sections

Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations, speak about past events and express ideas and hypotheses in German. See also GERM 433.

Winter 2020

GERM390 Progress and Disaster: Studies in the 20th and 21st Centuries Sections

Masterpieces and major trends of 20th and 21st-century German literature against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.