M.A. Tübingen University, 1991; Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1998

I received my M.A. in German and Scandinavian languages and literatures from Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany, in 1991. In September of that same year, I relocated to Vancouver, Canada, to pursue doctoral studies in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in medieval German literature and culture in 1998. While working on my doctoral thesis, I began to teach as a Teaching Assistant and as a Sessional Lecturer at UBC. I am currently a Lecturer in German in the Department of CENES at UBC, and I have been teaching German language and literature at the university level for more than 20 years.

The sun is still, the earth is on the move.

– Bertolt Brecht

Selected Recent Publications

“Grünender Wald, gebannter Ort und Palast der Fee: Zum Verhältnis zwischen Mensch und Natur in Franz Grillparzers Melusina.” Monatshefte 105 (2013): 71-85. Print.

“Wie die Kinder den Krieg verließen . . . : Musik, Natur und Erlösungssehnsucht in Margarete Jehns Hörspiel ‘Der Bussard über uns.’“ Germanic Notes and Reviews 43 (2012): 7-14. Print.

“Wolfsvieh, Flügelbär und König Etzels Grab . . . : Ungezähmte Natur als falscher locus terribilis in Thomas Glavinics Endzeitroman Die Arbeit der Nacht.” Neophilologus 95 (2011): 291-303. DOI 10.1007/s11061-010-9223-3. Print.

Courses currently teaching

Medieval studies; 19th and 20th/21st century German literature and culture; representations of nature in literature; literary ‘otherworlds’ (dystopias/utopias); representations of trauma in literature

Research Projects

Dystopias/utopias and nature/environmentalism in post-WWII German literature

Translation of Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken’s Der Roman von der Königin Sibille from Early Modern German into English. (Custom Course Material for use in the classroom; completed 2014)