Ph.D. Candidate Anna Zimmer Awarded DAAD Scholarship
Ph.D. candidate Anna Zimmer was awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship. The grant will enable her to conduct research toward the completion of her dissertation in Berlin. Anna will be affiliated with the Humboldt-Universität and the grant is for five months (August-December 2011).
The working title of her dissertation is “Writing New Wars: Contemporary German Literature and the Representation of Violent Conflict in an Age of Globalization.” She analyzes the literary portrayal of recent wars in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Iraq in contemporary German-language novels, exploring how literary texts can reveal the ways in which global capitalism and mediated interconnectedness govern the experience of wartime, and underscore the repercussions of German-speaking Europe’s involvement (or lack thereof) in foreign wars. In addition, she focuses on the effects of migration and asylum, both in works by authors who have themselves fled war-torn homelands and by authors who simply live in a Europe that is increasingly multicultural. Congratulations!
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