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Kristina Pilz

Graduate Student, Germanics
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Spring 2017: T,Th 11:30am -12:30pm & by appointment

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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 an instructor. Kristina spent the 2015-16 academic year establishing her dissertation project, as well as organizing an interdisciplinary conference and staging a German play with our wonderful UW German students.

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 “BlackWhite – Experiences and Writing Practices in Contemporary Afro-German Literature,” describes writing practices in contemporary Afro-German literature, including rhetorical, intertextual and aesthetic strategies, as creative devices for a diasporic literary history. 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 started the second chapter of her dissertation and is excited to work with our first year language learners in her German 102 class.

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