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Judith Müller

Stand 07/2018

Judith Müller


Rheinstraße 10
79104 Freiburg

Scholar of the IRTG from May 2018 till July 2018

Associated Member of the IRTG since 15.09.2018

Dissertation project

Judith Müller’s PhD thesis on the “Perception of Europe in Hebrew Literature from 1890 to 1938” examines prose texts by Micha Josef Berdichevsky, David Fogel, Gershon Shofman and Lea Goldberg. Those novellas and novels were written against the geo-cultural background of Central Europe and therefore show a Europeanness that is directly connected to the link between centre and periphery as well as a constant cultural translation and transition. In this context it is particularly interesting to take a closer look at the triangle of the metropolises Berlin-Vienna-Paris. Each of these cities attracted one or several of the authors and therefore influenced their writing, their language, and the texts discussed in this study. These cities enabled authors and characters to leave the constrictions of tradition and decorum in the Shtetl. The transgression of multiple boundaries is a central condition in this process and allows the arrival in a new spatio-temporality. However, after their life in the city, the authors’ paths became more and more individualized: for some, the artistic space is indeed a specific place, for others it is embodied in the temporality of their writing and the realms created hereby.

Judith Müller held a scholarship at the collaborative research centre 1015 “Otium” from Mai 2018 until July 2018 and has since been an associated member. She focuses on urban spaces of otium/leisure in the work of the Hebrew poet and novelist David Fogel.

She is research associate for Jewish Literature at the Centre for Jewish Studies in Basel as well as a PhD candidate in Jewish Literature at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel and in Hebrew Literature at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Cotutelle de Thèse). At the University of Basel she recently became a member of the doctoral programme Literary Studies.

Judith Müller studied Jewish Studies and Political Sciences in Heidelberg and Beer Sheva as well as History of Jewish Cultures in Heidelberg and Graz. From 2015 to 2018 she was a Minerva-Fellow and from 2015 to 2017 a member of the network RUB-Europadialog. Since 2017 she is also an associated member of the Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg.