Wesleyan portrait of Thorsten  Wilhelm

Thorsten Wilhelm

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies


MA Universitaet Heidelberg
PHD Universitaet Heidelberg

Thorsten Wilhelm

Thorsten works in Jewish American and Jewish German literatures, identities, and traumata. His work engages with the interstices of texts and audiences and its means to navigate between individual and collective identies. His book Holocaust Narratives: Trauma, Memory, and Identity Across Generations is published with Routledge.

Thorsten also focuses on language teaching emphasizing intercultural learning and understanding. He specializes in student-centered instruction and feedback processes to enhance learning experiences. A special interst of Thorsten's work consists in 19th century literature and art, especially in the context of Charles Dickens.


Thorsten studied History and English Literature and Linguistics at Heidelberg University (Germany) and Durham University (GB). After his M.A. and teaching degree, Thorsten pursued a Ph.D. in American literature. Thorsten's passion for teaching and instruction brought him to Yale in 2016. Thorsten is thrilled to teach at Wesleyan this semester. He is looking forward to engage with students on their work and is happy for anyone to reach out to him.

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Please email twilhelm01@wesleyan.edu at any time to set up a meeting.


Spring 2021
GRST 335 - 01
Writing Between Cultures