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Derek Wiebke

Max Kade Graduate Fellow

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B.A., German, Scandinavian & Dutch, University of Minnesota, 2018

I am a graduate student in German Language and Culture and proud recipient of the Max Kade Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. I grew up mostly in Minnesota, but also lived for a short while in Georgia and Wisconsin. I enjoy running and did so competitively for the last ten years of my life. I ran both track and field and cross country for the University of Minnesota Gophers, for whom I won a Big Ten Conference title in the 1 Mile Run. Only three short years ago, I began studying the German language and shortly thereafter discovered some of the greatest modernist writers from both Germany and Austria. My favorite book is Rainer Maria Rilke's Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge

I am interested in German and Austrian Literature from the 19th to the 21st century. This includes writers such as Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Thomas Mann, Ingeborg Bachmann, W.G. Sebald, and Elfriede Jelinek, among others. Additionally, I am interested in exploring the intersection between humanistic disciplines and the natural sciences, believing that the most productive approach to our contemporary problems (be they socio-political, environmental, etc.) is indeed interdisciplinary. For this reason, I have been drawn to studies in the environmental humanities, new materialism, new realism, and neurohumanities. As a peripheral interest, I also enjoy reading literature from the Scandinavian countries, including the Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, and the contemporary Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgård.