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My work focuses on twentieth-century German and French literature and film with media studies being my comprehensive framework for understanding the interplay and impact of different forms of art on society at large.

My current book project is titled “Manipulations. The Hand as Symbol and Symptom in the Arts and Literature after 1900.” Based on a sweeping emergence of hands in German and French literature, photography, and film after the turn of the twentieth century, this project reassesses the relationship between handwork and technology, between technological reproducibility and the hand as corporeal instrument and figure of thought.

At Rutgers, I teach classes on the representation of the human body in literature and film, on gangster, ghosts, and globetrotters in German cinema, as well as on critical visions of the European Union in contemporary German and French filmmaking