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About

Currently, I am an Early Career Researcher in German Studies. My postdoctoral research (Memories of Flight, Expulsion, and Heimat: Ethnic German Literature of the Former Soviet Union) examines a broad selection of post-WWII Russian-German poetry, prose, and literary criticism and thereby aims to advance current scholarship on German diasporic literature(s) and transnational approaches to German literary study. Postdoctoral appointments include New Europe College in Bucharest and Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study.

I completed a PhD in German Studies (Romanticism) and an MA in English Literature (Romanticism) at the University of Warwick in the UK. Entitled ‘Perpetuum mobile? Literature, Philosophy, and the Journey in German Culture around 1800’, the doctoral research was funded in full through joint grants by the University of Warwick and the British government. Additional support was provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS).

Prior to coming to Warwick, I was a Fulbright Scholar to Austria, where I studied art history at the University of Vienna and carried out an independent research project on fin de siècle Austrian art.

Ongoing Research

In addition to my research on Russian-German literature, I continue to work on a book project that examines the journey motif in German romantic culture around 1800. Expanding Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy’s insistence on the centrality of the transcendental subject for the Jena romantics in their aesthetic transformation of philosophical ideas, the monograph identifies the journey motif as a recurrent narrative element of the Jena constellation (Hardenberg, Tieck, F. Schlegel) as well as those on its margins (Hölderlin, Richter, Günderrode, Schiller) and therefore underscores the productive interface between literature and philosophy across various genres (novel, shorter prose fiction, and poetry).

Research Interests

German romanticism; Kant and post-Kantian European philosophy; German idealism; British romanticism; European Enlightenment; philosophy and literature; parody and satire; German and Austrian émigrés

Links

Forum Transregionale Studien/ Max Weber Stiftung: https://academies.hypotheses.org/3021

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