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International Languages & Cultures: Alexandra Merley Hill, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German
Buckley Center 384
Ph.D., German and Scandinavian Studies,
M.A., Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005
B.A., Vassar College, 2001
Teaching and research interests
Contemporary literature and culture, women’s writing in German, the short story, history and culture of divided
Teaching at UP
As an instructor, it is my goal to excite the interest of each student, so that, when the class is over, students will continue to learn and explore on their own. This interest need not be in the German language itself (though of course this is preferable!), but it can be in German or Austrian culture, the desire to travel or study abroad, or explore a topic tangentially related to the course material. After all, studying a foreign language goes far beyond learning grammar and spelling: it also encompasses literature, art, and film; coffee houses, subway tickets, and television.
Courses taught at UP
Elementary German (101-102)
Intensive Elementary German (105-207)
Intermediate German (201)
German Conversation and Composition (301)
Contemporary German Culture (304) (Multiculturalism in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland)
Survey of 20th-Century German Literature (404) (The German Short Story)
Return from Study Abroad (491)
This summer I finished editing the book Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century, which will be published with Oxford University Press. The book asks what
About my research
My research topics may seem widely separated (motherhood in contemporary literature and Socialist Realist art in the former
Publications: Papers and Articles
“Motherhood as Performance: (Re)Negotiations of Motherhood in Contemporary German Literature.” Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature. (special issue, forthcoming).
“’Female Sobriety’: Feminism, Motherhood, and the Works of Julia Franck.” Women in German Yearbook 24 (2008). 209-228.
”Julia Franck.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 27 December 2007. The Literary Dictionary Company. 17 January 2008. http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11890
“The Art of Conspiracy: Magnus von Plessen and the Frustrated Gaze.” From Weimar to Christiania: German and Scandinavian Studies in Context. Eds. Florence Feiereisen and Kyle Frackman. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.
Ledanff, Susanne. Hauptstadtphantasien. Berliner Stadtlektüren in der Gegenwartsliteratur 1989-2008. Bielefeld:
Aisthesis, 2009. In: German Studies Review (forthcoming)
Rectanus, Mark, ed. Über Gegenwartsliteratur. Interpretationen und Interventionen. / About Contemporary
Literature. Interpretations and Interventions.
Webber, Andrew J. Berlin in the Twentieth Century: A Cultural Topography.
Press, 2008. In: The German Quarterly 83.3 (Summer 2010). 399-400.
Gerstenberger, Katharina and Patricia Herminghouse, eds. German Literature in a New Century: Trends,
Traditions, Transitions, Transformations.
33.1 (February 2010). 228-229.Taberner, Stuart, ed. Contemporary German Fiction: Writing in the Berlin Republic. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. In: Studies in Twenieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature 33.1 (Winter 2009).
Franck, Julia. Die Mittagsfrau. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag, 2007. In: Focus on German Studies 15 (2008).
Franck, Julia. Die Mittagsfrau. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag, 2007. In: World Literature Today. (March-April 2008): 66-67.
Hacker, Katharina. Die Habenichtse. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2006. In: Focus on German Studies 14 (2007).
Holz, Keith. Modern German Art for Thirties Paris, Prague, and London: Resistance and Acquiescence in a Democratic Public Sphere. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004. In: Centropa 7.1 (2007): 142-144.
Franck, Julia. “The Miracle (of) Woman” (Translation) In: The Women in German Yearbook 24 (2008). 229-240.
Finalist for Distinguished Teaching Award.
Volkswagen Travel Grant.
Graduate Student Travel Grant.Modern Language Association. 2006.
Travel Award. Goethe Institut,
Dr. Alexandra Hill
Assistant Professor of German