Associate Professor of German

Degrees: M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Expertise: German language; Swiss literature; German detective novels and popular literature; linguistic approaches to literature; Friedrich Glauser

Julia Karolle-Berg joined the JCU faculty in 2002. She received her A.B. in German and Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and M.A. and Ph.D. in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native of Michigan, she has spent over four years in Germany and Switzerland, including stays in Berlin, Freiburg, and Basle. Dr. Karolle-Berg teaches all levels of German language and culture at JCU. Her research focus is on the 20th-century, with interests that include narrative theory, popular forms (particularly German-language detective novels), and Holocaust literature. Dr. Karolle-Berg is Section Coordinator for German Studies at JCU.  In 2010, Karolle-Berg received the Lucrezia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence from the JCU College of Arts and Sciences.  She served as Director of the Honors Program from 2011-2015.

Recent Publications:

“Fahnderwachtmeister (Detective Sergeant) Jakob Studer.” Sleuths, Private Eyes, and Policemen: An International Compendium of the 100 Greatest Literary Detectives. Washington, DC: Rowman & Littlefield. Forthcoming Winter 2017.

Review of Einführung in den Kriminalroman, by Thomas Kniesche. Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 108.4 (2016): 640-2.

“The Case of the Missing Literary Tradition: Reassessing Four Assumptions of Crime and Detective Novels in the German-Speaking World (1900-1933).” Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 107.3 (2015): 431-54.

(with Katya Skow) “From Frauenliteratur to Frauenliteraturbetrieb: Marketing Literature to German Women in the 21st Century.” German Literature in a New Century: Trends, Traditions, Transitions, Transformations. Ed. Katharina Gerstenberger and Patricia Herminghouse. New York: Berghahn Books, 2008. 220-236.

“Creating a Maidservant Community through Newspapers: The Berliner Dienstboten-Zeitung (1898-1900).” Women in German Yearbook 23 (2007): 49-75.

“Imre Kertész’s Fatelessness as Historical Fiction.” Nobel in Literature 2002: Imre Kertész and Holocaust Literature. Ed. Louise Vasvári and Steven Tötösy.  West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2005. 89-96.

“‘Diese Sprache, unsere Mundart, ist besser, als wir sie verdienen’: Die Schweizer Mundartbewegung der dreissiger Jahre im linguistisch-historischen Kontext.” Sprachspiegel 59.2 (April 2003): 38-48.


Recent Presentations:

“Jenseits der Gesetze: Constructions of Power in Otto Soyka’s Söhne der Macht: Ein Zukunfts-Detektivroman (1911).” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA 2017.

Über die Popularität der Kriminalromane: Reconstructing the Rise of Crime and Detective Fiction in the Weimar Republic.” Ohio German Studies Workshop, Columbus, OH 2016.

“Family Conflicts and Detection: Describing a Literary Tradition of Early German-Language Crime and Detective Novels.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Louisville, KY 2016.

“The Case of the Missing Detective Novels: Tracking Down a Tradition in the German-Speaking World.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington KY, 2011.