Associate Professor

Literary and cultural studies (19th-21st-century Austrian literature, gender and migration studies, masculinity studies)

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I was born in Heilbronn, southern Germany, emigrated to Canada upon completing the Abitur, and have been here longer than I care to remember.


  • PhD, Queen's
  • MA, Queen's
  • BA, Toronto

Selected publications

“On Masculinity and Displacement: Discourses of Exclusion in Martin Horváth’s Mohr im Hemd oder wie ich auszog die Welt zu retten.” Austrian Studies Yearbook: Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation State 26 (2018): In print.

“Beyond the Binary: Crossing Boundaries in Vladimir Vertlib’s Schimons Schweigen (2012).” Glaubenssysteme: Belief Systems in Austrian Literature, Thought and  Culture. Eds. Michael Boehringer, Belinda Kleinhans, Allison Cattell. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2017. 232-257.

Cultures of Memory, Migration and Masculinity: Dimitre Dinev’s Engelszungen.” Trans-Aesthetics: Crossing Central Europe. Eds. Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. 169-95.

“’... so gut er das vermochte’: Disability, Masculinity and Desired in Thomas Mann’s ‘Der kleine Herr Friedemann’.” Homme fragile: Männlichkeitsentwürfe in den  Werken von Heinrich und Thomas Mann. Eds. Thomas Wortmann and Sebastian Zilles. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2016. 235-56.

“Unravelling the ‘Ponzi-Scheme’? A Different Approach to Graduate Education in German Studies.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Eds. Karin Bauer and Andrew Piper. 50.2 (2014): 142-48.   

Boehringer, Michael and Susanne Hochreiter, eds. Zeitenwende: Österreichische Literatur seit dem Millennium 2000-2010. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2011.

Boehringer, Michael, ed. Masculinities in German Literature and Film. Special issue of Seminar. 44.1 (2008): 1-173.

Boehringer, Michael, ed. Ferdinand von Saar: Richtungen der Forschung/Directions in ResearchVienna: Praesens Verlag, 2006.

Boehringer, Michael. The Telling Tactics of Narrative Strategies in Tieck, Kleist, Stifter and Storm.  North American Studies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature 24. New York: Lang, 1999.

Boehringer, Michael. "Fantasies of White Masculinity in Arthur Schnitzler’s 'Andreas Thameyers letzter Brief' (1900)." The German Quarterly 84.1 (2011), 80-96.

Boehringer, Michael, Christiane Bongartz and Anne-Katrin Gramberg. “Language Learning and Intercultural Training: The Impact of Cultural Primers on Learners and Nonlearners of German.” The Journal of Language for International Business 15.2 (2004): 1-18.

Boehringer, Michael. "’Das Weib hat seinen Tod selbst verschuldet’: Degeneration, Gender, and Sexuality in Ferdinand von Saar’s Die Heirat des Herrn Stäudl." Modern Austrian Literature 33.2 (2000): 1-22.

Boehringer, Michael, and Stephen Preece. “Culture for Dummies: Evaluating the Impact of International Business Primers.” The Journal of Language for International Business. 11.2 (2000): 11-21.

Boehringer, Michael. "Der Dichter des Übergangs: Ferdinand von Saar." Praesent: Das österreichische Literaturjahrbuch. Ed. Michael Ritter. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2007. 23-31.

Boehringer, Michael. "Of Washed-up Warriors and Bourgeois Brutes: Representations of Masculinity in Ferdinand von Saar’s Leutnant Burda." Ferdinand von Saar: Richtungen der Forschung/Directions in Research. Ed. Michael Boehringer. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2006. 125-37.


  • Gender, Migration, Generation

  • Transnationalism in German-Language Literature and Film

  • Modernism & Gender at the Fin-de-Siècle

  • Austrian Literature since the Millennium

University of Waterloo

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