Dennis Wegner

Mellon Graduate Fellow


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 Journal für ComicforschungResearch interests include literary multilingualism and translation studies; film and television studies; comics studies, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. 

In his dissertation, titled Queer Multilingualism: Russian-German Literary Crossings, he investigates multilingualism in 20th and 21st century Russian-German literary cultures associated with migration. Combining scholarship concerning aesthetic and social tensions between mono- and multilingualism, on the one hand, and queer critiques of normative cultural paradigms, on the other, his dissertation proposes the concept of “queer multilingualism” to interrogate transnational and translinguistic border crossings in critical relation to socio-cultural norms of embodied binarisms. His research has been supported by a DAAD summer research grant at Washington University in St. Louis, a Cornell research travel grant at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and a Mellon Graduate Fellowship at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. 



“Queer Constellations, Cosmic Contacts: Trans-Forming the Narrative of Europe in Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s Meteoriten.” German Studies Review 48, no. 2 (forthcoming 2025).

“Gothic Cinema and Sexology in the Weimar Republic: Towards a Queer Gothic Aesthetic on Screen.” In Queer Gothic. An Edinburgh Companion, edited by Ardel Haefele-Thomas, 78–96. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2023.