Lynn teaching and research interests encompass modern German literature and culture, in particular the relationship between literature and historiography, the representation of the Holocaust, theories of translation, practices of intermediality, and concepts of world literature. Bringing these interests together and teaming up with colleagues in German, French and Francophone, and Japanese Studies, Lynn Wolff, Liz Mittman, and Matthew Handelman have initiated the Graphic Narratives Network, a research collaborative focused on writing history and visualizing trauma in a variety of text-image forms.
Lynn’s publications include the monograph W.G. Sebald’s Hybrid Poetics: Literature as Historiography (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014, paperback 2016; Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies 14) and two edited volumes: Witnessing, Memory, Poetics: H.G. Adler and W.G. Sebald (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014; Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture, and Thought 1), co-edited with Helen Finch (University of Leeds), and Aisthesis und Noesis: Zwei Erkenntnisformen vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart (München: Fink, 2013), co-edited with Hans Adler (University of Wisconsin, Madison). She is currently editing the volume A Modernist in Exile: The International Reception of H.G. Adler. She has also published articles and review essays in Eurostudia – Revue Transatlantique de Recherche sur l’Europe, Gegenwartsliteratur, Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (IASL), Journal of European Studies, Monatshefte, and Modern Language Review.
Prior to joining the department, Lynn was an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow and taught in the Department of Modern German Literature at the Universität Stuttgart. She has also taught German language, literature, and culture at Middlebury College’s Summer German School, where she also co-hosted the German School’s weekly radio program. She is the faculty advisor to the MSU German Club.