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  • In Memoriam:Bianca Theisen (April 26, 1960–November 16, 2004)
  • Richard Macksey

As this issue goes to press, we mourn the loss of our colleague and fellow editor Bianca Theisen, who died on November 16th after a gallant battle with cancer. She had joined the Hopkins faculty in 1992 and the editorial board of this journal the following year.

After study at Bonn and Berlin in her native country, Bianca completed her doctoral work at Stanford in German and Comparative Literature with a dissertation on Kleist. Her subsequent publications ranged from German romanticism through studies of Nietzsche and Rilke to Thomas Bernhard, her most recent work focusing on Austrian literature of the post-1945 period and on media studies. She was cherished by her students as a dedicated and inspiring mentor. At a memorial ceremony her colleague Rüdiger Campe spoke of the "lucidity and elegance" that informed both her writing and her teaching, saluting her rare ability to combine clarity and complexity in her analyses.

To her husband, Dr. Johannes Reim, and her young son, Felix, her fellow editors extend our deepest sympathy on their untimely loss.



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