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Germanics welcomes new Lecturer, Dr. Kye Terrasi

Submitted by Stephanie N. Welch on December 1, 2014 - 10:09am
Dr. Kye Terrasi

Kye Terrasi comes to the University of Washington from Los Angeles, California. She received her Ph.D in Germanic Languages and Literature at UCLA. She also studied German literature and language at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität and the Goethe Institut in Freiburg.  Her teaching and research interests include fin-de-Siècle Vienna, Weimar literature and culture, gender studies and visual culture. Her dissertation, entitled “'The Gay Apocalypse': Sexuality and Dissolution in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna,” is an interdisciplinary examination of sexuality and gender roles at the turn of the century in Vienna. She is currently working on an article “Disrupting Patterns of Male Subjectivity: Performativity and Subversion in Schnitzler's Reigen,” which explores the construction of gender and the undercutting of static patterns of male/female interactions in Schnitzler's play. She is also developing a paper titled “I Collect Images: Walking the Metropolis with Irmgard Keun, Hannah Höch and Walter Benjamin: The New Woman as Flâneuse”on flânerie in Keun's Das Kunstseidene Mädchen and Höch's photomontage Da-dandyIn her classes she strives to help her students engage thoughtfully and creatively with the material and to create connections between German Studies and their own areas of study. She emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to both language and culture classes to strengthen students' analytical abilities and present them with multiple perspectives on the material. She hopes that students will be able to apply the skills they develop in German to pursue their own passions and goals, both personal and professional. In the Spring of 2015 she will teach German 423. This interdisciplinary course will explore the literary and visual culture of the Weimar Republic. Through a comparative analysis of the literature, art and films of this period, students will examine issues related to sexuality and gender, the metropolis, destruction through war and technology, and the rise of fascism.


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