My becoming a Fellow of Lincoln College was also a return of sorts: I was an undergraduate student at Oxford, reading Modern Languages and Literatures at St Edmund Hall. Having moved to the United States for my postgraduate studies, in 2015 I received a Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York. In 2016, after a brief but lovely stint as a Lecturer at the University of Virginia, I joined Lincoln College as the Montgomery-DAAD Fellow and Tutor in German Studies.
At Lincoln, I teach modern German literature from the Enlightenment to the present across the undergraduate curriculum, as well as translation classes for the Prelims and the Final Honour School of Modern Languages. In 2018, I will also serve as the co-convenor for the Masters Seminar in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.
In my research, I focus on 20th century and contemporary European – mostly German – literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between aesthetic production and political thought. My dissertation examined how literary and cinematic texts negotiate the temporal structure of European societies after 1989, marked as it is by a paradoxical conjunction of social and technological acceleration and alleged historical stasis. Currently, I am working on a book project titled Globe and Planet in Contemporary Aesthetics, in which I study contemporary culture’s manifold – politically fraught and formally heterogeneous – ways of imagining a shared world.
‘Catastrophic Histories, Planetary Futures: Aesthetics for the Anthropocene in Alexander Kluge, Sebastião Salgado, and Anselm Kiefer’. In: Dürbeck, Gabriele/Nesselhauf, Jonas (eds.): Narrative Strategien des Anthropozän in deutsch- und englischsprachiger Literatur und in den Medien/Narratives of the Anthropocene in German- and English-Speaking Literature and in the Media. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang 2018 [in press].
‘“Cet objet de plus en plus réduit qu’est le monde”? Vom Globus und Planeten bei Christoph Ransmayr und Laurent Mauvignier’. In: Frenzel, Marlene/Geist, Kathrin/Oberrauch, Claudia (eds.): Ein Ort, viel Raum(theorie)? – Fiktive Imaginationen gleicher Orte/Räume. Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press 2018 [in press].
‘“Ist der Schreibtisch vielleicht der Ort der Gespenster?” Hantologie, Erinnerung und Alterität in Wolfgang Hildesheimers Tynset und W.G. Sebalds Austerlitz’. In: treibhaus. Jahrbuch für die Literatur der fünfziger Jahre. Band 12: Wolfgang Hildesheimer. Munich: edition text + kritik 2016, pp. 173-198.