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Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, associate professor and head of foreign languages and literatures, gave the keynote address last month at a lecture series held by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The event focused on avant-garde Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature. It included a screening of the award-winning film version of Jelinek’s novel Die Klavierspielerin (The Piano Teacher).

Lamb-Faffelberger was quoted extensively in newspapers around the country about the announcement of the Nobel Prize. Major newspapers have included the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Seattle Times, Buffalo News, St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, and Concord (N.H.) Monitor.

General editor of the Austria Culture Series produced by Peter Lang Publishing, New York, Lamb-Faffelberger co-edited and co-wrote the introduction for Visions and Visionaries in Contemporary Austrian Literature and Film, a book recently published for the series.

Lamb-Faffelberger authored the book Valie Export und Elfriede Jelinek im Spiegel der Presse. Zur Rezeption der feministischen Avantgarde Österreichs for the Austrian Culture Series in 1992 and has written numerous articles about Jelinek and her work in scholarly journals and other publications. She also conducted a videotaped interview of the reclusive Jelinek in 1990.

The Washington Post article highlights Lamb-Faffelberger’s knowledge of the Nobel Prize winner.

A member of the Lafayette faculty since 1992, Lamb-Faffelberger regularly includes students in her research and guides them in their own independent research projects. Last school year, for example, she mentored Alyson Gross ’04 (Killingworth, Conn.), a double major in German and international affairs, in her study of the common literary theme of the picaro in three novels for a yearlong honors research project.

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