May-Chu, Karolina
maychu@uwm.eduCurtin Hall 894

May-Chu, Karolina

Assistant Professor, Coordinator
AMLLC - German - General


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, German Studies
  • MA, University of Potsdam, Germany


Teaching Interests

  • Film and media
  • Migration and borders
  • Contemporary German-language literature
  • All levels of German language instruction

Courses Taught (selection)

  • Migration in German Film
  • History and Memory in Germany Today
  • Staging Politics: German Theater in the 20th and 21st Century
  • Current Issues in German-Language Media
  • Intermediate German courses: Texts and Contexts (Ger 333), Composition and Presentation (Ger 332), German Grammar in Practice (Ger 331)
  • First and second year German language courses


Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century German literature and culture
  • German-Polish literary relations
  • Border Studies
  • Migration
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • World literature


May-Chu, K. (2020) Reading Germany, Europe, and the World in Abbas Khider’s Novel Ohrfeige.Colloquia Germanica, 51(3-4), 363-381.
Abel, B. , Berroth, E. , Djavadghazaryans, A. , Gallagher, M. , King, A. , May-Chu, K. , Pfleger, S. , Stewart, F. , & Young, A. (2020) Grenzenlos Deutsch: Co-creating Open Educational Resources through Feminist Collaboration.Feminist German Studies, 36(1), 1-23.
May-Chu, K. (2016) Measuring the Borderland in Sabrina Janesch’s Katzenberge (2010).Mani, B. , & Potter, P. (Eds). Monatshefte (Special Issue), 108(3), 350-361.
May-Chu, K. (2016) Von Grenzlandliteratur zur Poetik der Grenze: Deutsch-polnische Transiträume und die kosmopolitische Imagination.Bonner, W. , & Egger, S. (Eds). Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik, 7.2, 85-99.
May-Chu, K. (2012) The Concept of the East in Hans Christian Schmid’s Film Lichter (2003).Baumbach, S. , Michaelis, B. , & Nünning, A. (Eds). Travelling Concepts, Metaphors, and Narratives: Literary and Cultural Studies in an Age of Interdisciplinary Research, 221-232. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

Work in Progress

I am currently working on a monograph, titled Border Poetics in German and Polish Literature: Cosmopolitan Imaginations since 1989, which is scheduled to be published in 2024. Taking the German-Polish borderland as a case-study, my project examines how past or present political borders intersect with more figurative border experiences such as ethnicity, gender, or class, and how these entanglements are represented in contemporary fiction.

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