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Melissa Elliot

Melissa Elliot, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of German and German Studies

On Faculty since 2020



melissa.elliot@wheaton.edu

Ph.D. Candidate Michigan State University, East Lansing
German Studies, 2015 – current
Expected Graduation: Summer 2020
Dissertation: Forgotten Notes: Narrative Film Music in East German Cinema

Ph.D. Candidate Wayne State University, Detroit
Modern Languages, 2014-2015 (transferred to Michigan State University)
Concentration: German

M.A. Wayne State University, Detroit
German, December 2011
Thesis: German Music and Torture in the Nazi Concentration Camps

Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
Study Abroad, 2010-2011

B.A. Calvin University, Grand Rapids
German and Vocal Performance, May 2008

Professor Elliot's research interests center primarily on intersections of German and music, stemming from her background as a German and Vocal Performance double major at Calvin University. She is particularly interested in the role of music as narrative voice in German cinema. Professor Elliot's recently published article explores how music can function in film adaptations of novels to comment upon and interpret the source text. Her other research interests include East German studies, Holocaust studies, gender studies, and the use of music in the language classroom. In her free time, Professor Elliot likes to sing, hike, travel, and spend time with her husband and son.

  • Spring 2020 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, College of Arts and Letters (MSU)
  • Summer 2019 College of Arts and Letters Summer Support Fellowship (MSU)
  • Summer 2018 College of Arts and Letters Summer Support Fellowship (MSU)
  • 2017-2018 Outstanding Graduate Student for the German Program (MSU)
  • Summer 2016 College of Arts and Letters Summer Support Fellowship (MSU)
  • 2016-2017 Max Kade Fellowship, College of Arts and Letters (MSU)
  • 2009-2010 Martha S. Aust Memorial Scholarship (WSU)
  • 2010-2011 Martha S. Aust Memorial Scholarship (WSU)
  • 2010-2011 Irene Rivais Endowed Scholarship Fund (WSU)
  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • Coalition of Women in German (WiG)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Literature/Film Association (LFA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

(upcoming) 2020 MLA Career Development Boot Camp Fellow, MLA Convention, Seattle, Washington, January 2020

Teaching and Working for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our Classrooms and at our Institutions, WiG Webinar, November 2018

Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music, and Film, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, Amherst, Massachusetts, June-July 2018

AATG-MI Immersion Spring Workshop: Deutschland – Land der Ideen!, Detroit, Michigan, March 2017

Rising Above our Cultural Expectations Forum, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 2017

Navigating the PhD Workshop Series: Writing Processes & Strategies for Academic Writing, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2016

Research and Teaching with Genocide Testimonies: Using the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, East Lansing, Michigan, September 2016

The Flipped Classroom, Goethe Institute, Chicago, Illinois, October 2015

Romane und Romanverfilmungen (Novels and Film Adaptations), Weekend Seminar at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (DLA), Marbach, Germany, June 2015

DSH Certificate (C1), Munich, Germany, April 2011

"No Need for Words: The Role of Music in Volker Schlöndorff's Der junge Törleß (Young Törless)." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 4, 2018.

“Collective Music and Gendered Narrative Voice in DEFA Cinema”, German Studies Association’s Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 2019

“Sonic Spaces of Madness: The Role of Music in Konrad Wolf’s Goya”, German Studies Association’s Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 2018

Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music, and Film, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, Amherst, Massachusetts, June-July 2018

“Aesthetic, Medial, and Cultural Border-Crossing in Jakob der Lügner”, “Mediating the Modern: Sound/Image/Text” University of Michigan Graduate Student Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 2017

“Legendary Music: The Role of Music in Heiner Carow’s Die Legende von Paul und Paula”, “Alternate Worlds” Literature/Film Association Annual Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey, October 2016

“Not So Silent Film: Reading Paul Mercer’s Film Score for The Hands of Orlac, “Living Pasts, Moving Present” German Screen Studies Network Symposium, London, England, September 2016

“No Need for Words: The Role of Music in Volker Schlöndorff’s Der Junge Törleß, “The Untimeliness of Media: Intermediality Across Eras in German Literature, Culture and Art”

Graduate Student Conference in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2016

“Christian Resistance to the Holocaust: A Case Study of Diet Eman’s Things We Couldn’t Say”, Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Columbus, Ohio, November 2015