Jonathan Wipplinger

Associate Professor
Foreign Languages & Literature
 (414) 229-4547
 Curtin Hall 896


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • BA, History and German Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

  • German 360 – German for the Global World
  • German 415 – Topics in German Civilization: 20th Century Themes
  • German 647 – Seminar on Themes and Motifs in German Literature

Teaching Interests

19th, 20th, and 21st Century German literature and culture; media; popular culture; Business German; German film; Expressionism

Research Interests

Modernism; the Weimar Republic; jazz in Germany; images of America and African Americans; the African Diaspora in Germany; Music; Media and Intermediality; Sound Studies; Translation

Other Activities

German Program Coordinator

Selected Publications

Wipplinger, J. O. (2013). Germany, 1923: Alain Locke, Claude McKay and the New Negro in Germany. Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora in Arts and Letters, 36(1), 106-124.
Wipplinger, J. O. (2013). Eccentric Modernism: Or, George Grosz’s Gramophone Goes Meschugge,”. Colloquium Germanica, 46(4), 366-388.
Wipplinger, J. O. (2012). “Ich schnitt in seine Rinde so manches liebe Wort." Liebe zum Grammophon und grammophonische Liebe bei Thomas Mann. Thomas Mann. Neue kulturwissenschaftliche Lektüren, 139-148. Munich: Fink Verlag.
Wipplinger, J. O. (2012). Bridging the Great Divides: Cultural Difference and Transnationalism at Frankfurt’s Jazzklasse. Berlin: From Black to Schwarz: Cultural Crossovers between African America and Germany.
Wipplinger, J. O. (2012). Performing Race in Ernst Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf. Blackness in Opera, 236-259. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.
Wipplinger, J. O. (2011). The Racial Ruse: On Blackness and Blackface Comedy in fin-de-siècle Germany. The German Quarterly, 84(4), 457-476.
Wipplinger, J. O. (2007, September). The Aural Shock of Modernity: Weimar’s Experience of Jazz. The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, 82(4), 299-320.
Theodor, A., & Wipplinger, J. O. (2005). Four Hands, Once Again. 60, 1-4.