I completed my Dr. phil. in Germanistik at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. My doctoral research led to the publication of the first monograph on the highly discussed contemporary Swiss author Christian Kracht who received the Swiss Literature Price and the Hermann Hesse Prize in 2016. Published by Francke in 2012, the dissertation examines questions of representation in his novels from the perspective of Continental subject philosophy and psychoanalysis. Throughout the analysis, I draw on international film, literature and philosophy, including D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, and the ancient Chinese philosophical work I Ching. Importantly, the study identifies a spiritual turn in contemporary German culture.
I have taught a variety of German language, literature, and culture courses from the beginning to the advanced levels. I am very interested in creative and non-traditional teaching methods and response-techniques, such as RRPs. Presently, I manage the German Program's social media presence on Facebook and Instagram.
My scholarly training, research and teaching interests encompass German literary and cultural history from the Baroque to the present. Currently, a major emphasis of my research is on the 'politics' of contemporary literary 'texts' and writing styles. Aesthetics as a mode of world-perception is intrinsically linked to politics by its capacity to divide the visible from the invisible, the permitted from the prohibited, and the people imbedded in a society from those who are excluded. By analysing how identity, reality, space, gender, and other categories are negotiated within these texts, one will discover hidden structures which have the potential to secretly alter thought.
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