Katrina Nousek

Katrina Nousek

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies
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About Katrina Nousek

Katrina L. Nousek is a Visiting Assistant Professor of German and Comparative and Digital Humanities at Bucknell University. She writes and teaches about contemporary transnational German culture with a focus on futurity, time, and intersectional subjects in narratives of migration in Europe. Her current book project, No Time for the Future: Postsocialism and Globalization in Contemporary German Literature, examines subjectivity and grammars of utopia in literary German-language migration narratives about real-existing socialism and its legacies.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., German Studies, Cornell University
  • M.A., German Studies, Cornell University
  • B.A., History and Literature, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Concepts of time and futurity

  • Migration and Transnationalism in literature, media, and the arts

  • Postcommunist/postsocialist cultures

  • Intersectional subjectivities

  • New Media

  • Narrative Studies

Teaching Interests

  • 20th- & 21st-century German literature & culture
  • Postwar & contemporary literature
  • Comparative humanities
  • Cultural narratives of migration & transnationalism
  • Gender and Feminism(s)
  • Visual culture
  • Environmental humanities

Selected Publications:

“Writing Precarity in the Book Industry: Globalization in Heike Geißler’s Saisonarbeit (2014).” Writing for the B-Side: German Literature Beyond the Bestseller List. Eds. Rachel Halverson and Ben Schaper. (Chapter Forthcoming with Berghahn, 2024).

“Dismantled Monumentality: Capturing Postsocialist Erasures in Berlin.” German Studies Review 45, 2 (2022): 307-327.

“(Re)constructing Heimat: Intermedial Archives in Alexandra Saemmer’s ‘Böhmische Dörfer’ and Saša Stanišić’s Vor dem Fest.” Tales that Touch: Migration, Translation, and Temporality in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century German Literature and Culture. Eds. Yasemin Yildiz and Bettina Brandt. De Gruyter, 2022. 233–256.

“‘Zweige, Nadeln, Dreck’: Dwelling on the Social in Simple Storys by Ingo Schulze.” Ecologies of Socialisms: Germany, Nature, and the Left in History, Politics, and Culture. Eds. Eli Rubin, Scott Moranda & Sabine Moedersheim. Peter Lang, 2019. 275–294.

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