Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Ilinca Iurascu holds graduate degrees in Gender Studies from the Central European University and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her PhD at UPenn, she joined the Graduiertenkolleg Mediale Historiographien at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, where she had the chance to work on two of her favourite subjects: letters and early cinema. She is currently preparing a monograph on paper objects in nineteenth-century German literature. She teaches courses on media theory, nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature and cultural studies, film, and critical theory.

Edited volumes and special issues

Friedrich Kittler-Operation Valhalla. Writings on War, Weapons and Media. Duke University Press. (with Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wutz). In preparation.

Seminar. Special Issue on “The Media Histories of Girls in Uniform.” 55.2 (2019). [link]

Theory, Culture & Society. Special Issue on “Cultural Techniques” (with Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Jussi Parikka). 30.6 (2013). [link]

Peer-reviewed journal articles

“Paper Matters: Vielschreiberei and Bookkeeping in August von Kotzebue’s ‘Das Buch Papier’” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 53.4 (2017). 349-361. [link]

“’Annoncenliteratur’: Kleist, Fontane and the Rustle of Paper.” Oxford German Studies. 43.3 (2014). 246-261. [link]

“German Realism in the Postal Office: Mail-Traffic, Violence and Nostalgia in Theodor Storm’s Hans und Heinz Kirch and Wilhelm Raabe’s Stopfkuchen.” German Studies Review. 32.1 (2009). 148-164. [link]


Markus Krajewski. [The Server. A Media History from the Present to the Baroque.] Yale University Press. 600 pp. (2018). Translated and introduced by Ilinca Iurascu. [link]

Cornelia Vismann. “Cultural Techniques and Sovereignty.” Theory, Culture & Society. Special Issue on “Cultural Techniques.” 30.6 (2013). 83-93. [link]

Reviews in: Seminar: A Journal of Germanic StudiesGerman Studies Review

• 18th – 20th century German and comparative literature
• critical theory
• media theory
• material culture studies
• the realist novel
• film studies and early cinema


Currently Teaching

Winter 2020

GERM303 German Literature Before 1900 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of translated works from the German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to 1900.

Winter 2020

GERM301 German Literature 1900 - 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected works against the background of literary, social, and political developments in twentieth-century Germany with special emphasis on plays and novels dealing with the First World War and Nazism.

Winter 2020

GERM304 German Cinema (in English) Sections

Screening, discussion, and critical analysis of German cinema from the silent era to the 21st century.

Winter 2020

CENS202 Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English). Sections

Major works of Central, Eastern and Northern European literature from the eighteenth century to the present in their European context.