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Kristina Pilz

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M.A., German Studies, Applied Linguistics/Second-Language Acquisition, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, 2012
M.A., German as a Foreign Language, Sociology, Educational Science, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 2006
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Kristina Pilz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Germanics and native of Dresden, Germany. She joined the UW in 2013, after completing her American Master’s Degree in Lubbock, Texas, where she also taught as a German instructor. Kristina spent the 2017-18 academic year working on her dissertation project, serving as Lead TA in the Department of Germanics, as well as being a Mellon Fellow in the Reimaginig the Humanties PhD and Reaching New Publics Program.

Her academic interests are guided by her larger interest in Poetry and Poetics, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial, as well as Race and Ethnicity Studies. These interests inform her focus on German literature from the late 19th to the 21st century. Her dissertation, entitled Writing Across Margins - Contemporary Afro-German Literature, describes writing practices in contemporary Afro-German literature, including rhetorical, intertextual and aesthetic strategies, as creative devices for aesthetic activism. The contemporary literature she addresses include fictional/non-fictional texts comprised of Afro-German poetry and autobiographies by three generations of Afro-German writers.

She just finished the fourth chapter of her dissertation and is excited to work with our students in her language course German 201.


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