Vanessa Schmolke is a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Germanics where she also works as a teaching assistant for first-year German language classes as well as literature classes in the Environmental Humanities.
Before joining UW in 2015, Vanessa earned a Master's Degree in English literature at the University of Idaho. It was then when she discovered her interest in ecocriticism and environmental literature.However, while ecocriticism have gained significicance among English departments, its role in Germanics seems still quiet marginal. For this reason, Vanessa decided to switch disciplines and pursue a PhD in Germanics rather than English.
Her current research work focus on Marlen Haushofer's Die Wand and the relationship and interactions between the isolated first-person narrator and her dog. Her article in which she analyzes the relationship between the human and the animal in isolation will be published in the fall of 2017 in a forth coming issue of the Literatur fuer Leser journal.
Vanessa is also a member of the interdisciplinary research group on the Anthropocene formed by department member Jason Groves and Jesse Oak Taylor.
- Interview with Professor Moritz Baßler - June 15, 2017
- German 298: Literature, Culture, and the Environment: Diversity in the Anthropocene - March 14, 2017