Dennis Wegner

Mellon Graduate Fellow


Dennis studied German, English and Russian in Kiel and Irkutsk. He finished his degree (M.Ed.) in 2017 with a master's thesis that approached the gothic and horror genres with queer theory. Before coming to Cornell, Dennis received a Fulbright Scholarship and worked as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Dartmouth College. He is a co-editor of Closure. Kieler e-Journal für Comicforschung. His dissertation project investigates 20th and 21st century Russian-German literary cultures. Research interests include multilingualism, film and television studies, queer theory, and transnational studies.


Presentations and Publications

“Gothic Cinema and Sexology in the Weimar Republic: Towards a Queer Gothic Aesthetic on Screen.” Queer Gothic. An Edinburgh Companion, Edinburgh University Press, 2023 (forthcoming book chapter).

Queer Constellations, Cosmic Contacts: Trans-Forming the Narrative of Europe in Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s Meteoriten. Presented at the GSA 2022, Houston, TX, United States, September 17, 2022.

Vladimir Nabokov’s A Guide to Berlin (1925) as Metropolitan Miniature. Presented at the Conference Small Forms. Aesthetics - Media - Modernity, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States, September 9, 2022.