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 co-edited journal issue on the media histories on Christa Winsloe’s Girls in Uniform and 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.

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. (forthcoming, 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

Courses currently teaching

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