Lauren Hansen

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Language and Literature - German Language and Literature - Humanities

Lauren Hansen
  • Phone: (941) 487-4262
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  • Office Location: ACE 205
  • Mail Location: ACE 116

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Hansen’s research interests include, but are not limited to, family memory and postmemory in post-1989 novels; East German literature; post-1989 representations of East Germany; minority literature; migration literature; and pedagogical practices that foster diversity and decolonialization in German Studies curricula. Dr. Hansen currently has a manuscript under review in which she conceptualizes migration as a formal textual element or as a “textual strategy” (Frank) in Barbara Honigmann’s novels Eine Liebe aus Nichts (1991). She is also currently working on a book chapter entitled “Multidirectional Memory as Decolonial Pedagogical Practice in German Studies” to be included in a forthcoming edited volume. The article emphasizes the decoloniality (Mignolo) of multidirectional memory (Rothberg) and how, together, they translate into a  pedagogical approach for Holocaust literature courses.

Current Courses:
Elementary German I
German Conversation and Composition

“Negotiating Proximity and Distance to Holocaust Memory through Narrativity and Photography in Monika Maron’s Pawels Briefe (Pavel’s Letters) (1999).” Humanities 6.4 (2017). Special Issue: The Holocaust in Literature and Film. Ed. Prof. Dr. Andrea Reiter: