Doro Wiese, PhD, is a researcher at the Institute for Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Düsseldorf University and at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University. She was trained in Film Studies and Literary Studies at the University of Hamburg. She received her PhD (with distinction, cum laude) from Utrecht University, where she was a Marie Curie doctoral research fellow at the Gender Studies Program/Department of Culture and Media Studies. Her monograph The Powers of the False: Reading, Writing, Thinking beyond Truth and Fiction (Northwestern UP 2014) reflects on how literature can make it possible to represent histories that are otherwise ineffable.

She currently engages in two research projects. The first one addresses forms of untranslatability in the highly acclaimed and globally circulating oeuvres of American Indian authors Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday and James Welch. In particular, this research will explore how their fictional configurations of time and space remain incommensurable for Western readers. The second one analyzes how a current debate in Germany frames the connection between German colonial crimes and the Holocaust. This project explores whether an understanding of history as an assemblage of actors, institutions, ideas, things and events will allow the debate to move forward and to accommodate potential memory conflicts. 

Doro Wiese has a strong commitment to the fields of postcolonial studies, indigenous studies and genocide studies. Further interests include conceptual history, the relationship between literature and historiography, New Comparative Literature and untranslatability, intermediality, theories of affect, and critiques of (neo-)colonialism. Contact:

Information about the monograph The Powers of the False. Reading, Writing, Thinking About Truth and FictionEvanston: Northwestern University Press, 2014. [Here is a link to the open access e-book].