Thomas C. Fox

Professor of German (Retired)


  • PhD, Yale University
  • BA, Wesleyan University

Research Areas

  • 19th and 20th century literature
  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
  • women writers
  • East German literature
  • Holocaust studies

Selected Publications


Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Post Communist Fantasies.” Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture. Eds. Laurel Cohen-Pfister, and Susanne Vees-Gulani. Rochester: Camden House, 2010. 207- 224
  • “Stephen Hermlin’s Negotiation of Jewish/Communist/German Identity.” Transcultural German Studies: Building Bridges, ed. Steven D. Martinson and Renate A. Schulz. Bern: Lang, 2008. 121-131.
  • “Writing Dresden Across the Generations.” Victims and Perpetrators: 1933-1945. RePresenting the Past in Post-Unification Culture, ed. Lauren Cohen-Pfister and Dagmar Wienroder-Skinner. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2006. 136-153.
  • “East Germany and the Bombing War.” Bombs Away! The Air War in Literature, ed. William Rasch and Wilfried Wilms. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 113-130.
  • “Introduction.” With Barbara Fischer. A Companion to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, ed. Barbara Fischer and Thomas Fox. Rochester and Woodbridge/Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2005. 1-9.
  • “Lessing’s Life and Work.” With Barbara Fischer. A Companion to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, ed. Barbara Fischer and Thomas Fox. Rochester and Woodbridge/Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2005. 13-39.
  • “Lessing on the East German Stage and Screen.” With Hans-Joachim Kertscher. A Companion to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, ed. Barbara Fischer and Thomas Fox. Rochester: and Woodbridge/Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2005. 302-325.
  • “The Holocaust Under Communism.” In Historiography of the Holocaust, ed. Dan Stone. New York: Palgrave, 2004. 420-439.
  • “The Representation of the USA in EFL Textbooks in the Soviet Union and Russia.” With Wolfgang Pauels. American Studies International XLII (February 2004): 92-122.
  • “Stefan Heym and the Negotiation of Jewish-Communist Identity.” Stefan Heym: Socialist, Dissident, and Jew, edited by Peter Hutchinson and Reinhard Zachau. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003. 145-160.
  • “’A Woman’s Post.’ Gender and Nation in Historical Fiction by Louise von François.” A Companion to German Realism, ed. Todd Kontje. Rochester and Woodbridge/Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2002. 109-131.
  • “East German Holocaust Discourse: Before and After 1989.” International Society of the Study of European Ideas. 8th International Conference. Workshop 435. CD-Rom (ISSEI 2000: ISBN: 0-9544363-0-X).
  • “Imagining Eastern Europe in East German Literature.” Germany and Eastern Europe: Cultural Identities and Cultural Differences, ed. Keith Bullivant, Geoffrey Giles, Walter Pape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 284-303.
  • “Germanistik and GDR Studies: (Re)Reading a Literature of Censorship.” Monatshefte 85.3 (1993): 284-294.
  • “Louise von François Rediscovered.” Autoren damals und heute. Literaturgeschichtliche Beispiele veränderter Wirkungshorizonte, ed. Gerhard P. Knapp. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1991. 303-319.
  • “Feministische Revisionen. Christa Wolfs Störfall.” Spätmoderne und Postmoderne. Zur jüngsten deutschsprachigen Literatur, ed. Paul Michael Lützeler. Frankfurt: Fischer, 1991. 211-23.
  • “Forms of Persuasion in Stephan Hermlin’s Abendlicht.” German Studies Review 12.3 (1990): 405-415.
  • “A ‘Jewish Question’ in GDR Literature?” German Life and Letters 44.1 (1990): 58-70.
  • “Christa Wolf’s Störfall. Feminist Revisions” The German Quarterly 63.3-4 (1990): 471- 477.
  • “Sprachskepsis or Sprachkritik? Reflections on GDR Prose.” Colloquia Germanica 21.1 (1988): 2-11.
  • “GDR Summer Courses for Foreign Germanists.” Die Unterrichtspraxis 21.1 (1988): 115-118.
  • “The GDR since Biermann. Literary Dissent 1976-1986.” European Studies Journal 4.2 (1987): 38-59.
  • “Sexist Literary History? The Case of Louise von François.” Continental, LatinAmerican, and Francophone Women Writers, ed. Ginette Adamson. Lanham: University Press of America, 1987. 129-138.
  • “Louise von François. A Feminist Reintroduction.” Women in German Yearbook, ed. Marianne Burkhard and Edith Waldstein. Lanham: University Press of America, 1986. 123-138.
  • “Oobliadooh or EIKENNGETTNOSETTISFEKSCHIN: Music, Language, and Opposition in GDR Literature.” Germanic Review 61.3 (1986): 109-116.