Research statement

I consider teaching and research to be closely connected. Everything I teach, I first like to research thoroughly and at the same time I orient my teaching to my research interests and results. Following an interdisciplinary approach, my research moves at the intersection of (comparative) literature and cultural studies and gender studies. A prime example of this is my doctoral research project: "Multiple Identities. Cultural and Social Hybridity in the 20th and 21st Century US Latinx Novel," which I completed in 2019 with my defense (see Research I).

In the past, I have also intensively studied the aesthetics of violence in Latin American literature, especially in the prose of authors of the "boom" and specifically in the work of the Colombian writer and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. After completing my doctorate, I returned to this topic more intensively and am currently researching, among other things, the Latin American dictator novel. My latest PostDoc research project, entitled "Apocalypse (Not) Now. Literary Proposals for Surviving the Anthropocene" is also linked to the themes of migration and violence (see Research II).

Finally, my research also deals with multilingualism, foreign language acquisition, and (literary) translation –topics that I consider not only on the linguistic level, but also on the level of literary studies–.