Melissa Elliot

Melissa Elliot


Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate in German Studies at Michigan State University. She obtained a B.A. with a double major in Vocal Performance and German in 2008 from Calvin College. In 2011, she received her M.A. in German Studies from Wayne State University in Detroit. During her master’s program, she spent one year studying abroad at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. Her dissertation focuses on music’s role in the expression of narrative voice in DEFA film adaptations of novels. Along with writing her dissertation, Melissa is a Teaching Assistant at MSU and Adjunct Professor of German at Calvin College. 

Research and scholarship

Conference Presentations

  • (upcoming) “Sonic Spaces of Madness: The Role of Music in Konrad Wolf’s Goya”, German Studies Association’s Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 2018
  • “Aesthetic, Medial, and Cultural Border-Crossing in Jakob der Lügner”, “Mediating the Modern: Sound/Image/Text” University of Michigan Graduate Student Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 2017
  • “Legendary Music:The Role of Music in Heiner Carow’s Die Legende von Paul und Paula”, “Alternate Worlds” Literature/Film Association Annual Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey, October 2016
  • “Not So Silent Film: Reading Paul Mercer’s Film Score for The Hands of Orlac, “Living Pasts, Moving Present” German Screen Studies Network Symposium, London, England, September 2016
  • “No Need for Words: The Role of Music in Volker Schlöndorff’s Der Junge Törleß, “The Untimeliness of Media: Intermediality Across Eras in German Literature, Culture and Art” Graduate Student Conference in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2016
  • “Christian Resistance to the Holocaust: A Case Study of Diet Eman’s Things We Couldn’t Say”, Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Columbus, Ohio, November 2015


  • (forthcoming) "No Need for Words: The Role of Music in Volker Schlöndorff's Der junge Törleß (Young Törless)." Literature/Film Quarterly, 3 (2018)

Professional associations

  • American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Coalition of Women in German (WiG)
  • Literature/Film Association (LFA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) 

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