Emotion Research I have been doing research on the emotional effects of literature and film for several years now: In 2013, I published my habilitation thesis on the affectivity of war scenarios in the media since 1800. In 2014, I edited a volume on memories of National Socialism in German post-war and contemporary literature, focussing the aspect of emotions. In 2017, I co-edited a volume on the transformations of literary communication since the 18th century, including numerous chapters dealing with the emotional turn. Currently I am planning to write an article on language and emotional memory for an interdisciplinary handbook on emotions.
Literary Antisemitism I am working on a fourth monograph on the role of emotionalising strategies in literary antisemitism. With a project proposal focussing on the affective proliferation of modern antisemitism in 19th century literature I achieved a Junior Fellowship at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald, Germany.
Holocaust and its aftermath I am currently dealing with theories of empathy, among other things participating in a 2017 GSA seminar on Affect and Cognition in Holocaust Culture. In 2016, I completed a book chapter on traumatic realism in the works of Ruth Klüger and Otto Dov Kulka (forthcoming in 2018).
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I'm looking for students who want to be good readers. Nowadays, this has become even more difficult than ever, because of the increasing distractions by social media and other virtual communication forms. To quote German 1800’s classical writer Christoph Martin Wieland, still valid to this day: “Es wäre zu wünschen, dass die Leute besser lesen lernten.” (“It would be desireable that people learned how to be better readers.”)
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