Assistant Professor & Coordinator of the German Program, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
Vom taumelnden Ich zum wahren Übermenschen. Das abgründige Subjekt in Christian Krachts Romanen Faserland, 1979 und Ich werde hier sein im Sonnen-schein und im Schatten.
My doctoral thesis is the first monograph about the highly discussed contemporary Swiss author Christian Kracht. It negotiates subjectivity and the question of representation in his novels from the perspective of subject philosophy. Apart from issues of construction and dissolution of reality, the dissertation explores new concepts of subjectivity, which I trace back to Romanticist reflections, including those of Friedrich Schlegel and Novalis. Throughout the analysis, I draw from international literature, film, and philosophy, including D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, and the ancient Chinese philosophical work I Ching. Overall, the study identifies an ethical and spiritual turn in contemporary German literature. The manuscript has been published by Francke in 2012.
Die Gewalt der Zeichen – Terrorismus als symbolisches Phänomen Co-Edited Volume with Hans-Joachim Schott
The volume focusses on the symbolic power of terrorism, including contributions to such topics as the RAF and 9/11. The volume includes an introduction to theresearch area of terrorism, and also offers a new ethical approach to the topic