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Kristina Pilz

Graduate Student, Germanics
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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 2016-17 academic year working on her dissertation project, as well as joining the Reimaginig the Humanties PhD and Reaching New Publics Program as a Mellon Fellow for the current accademic year 2017-18.

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 third chapter of her dissertation and is excited to present her research at the 41st Annual GSA Conference in Atlanta, GA in October. In addition to her research, Kristina is especially looking forward to work with our first year language learners in her German 111 class this Fall.

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