Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; Section Chair, German Studies
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Brandeis University 1997
Areas of Expertise
German and Comparative Modernism
Interart Studies / Literature and Other Arts
Intercultural Competence / Intercultural Literary Studies
Contact InformationOffice/Hours: Oak Hall 226 Tuesday 2-4pm and by appointment
Anke Finger received her B.A. equivalent in German and American Literature and History from the University of Konstanz in Germany. After an exchange year at Wellesley College in 1989/90, she explored her interests in comparative literature at Brandeis University where she received her M.A. in 1995 and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1997. Before coming to UConn in 2001, she held an assistant professorship in German Studies at Texas A&M University.
Prof. Finger's teaching and research focus on modernism, literature and other arts, contemporary aesthetics, media studies and theory, interculturality, and everyday life theories and practices. A specialist on the idea of the total artwork (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006) and other forms of artistic and creative meshing, she edited (with Danielle Follett) a collection of articles entitled The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). Anke Finger's work on the total artwork also includes the discussion of atmospheres as part of an exploration of new phenomenology. In 2013, she was invited to connect the total artwork with Henry van de Velde's ideas, for the 12th Bauhaus-Kolloquium in Weimar. Next, the total artwork and intermediality will feature in a book project on (inter)sensory perception, neuroscience and experiential aesthetics, and the avant-gardes.
A co-founder (with Rainer Guldin, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano) of Flusser Studies, Anke Finger's related scholarship in media studies and theory centers on the writings of Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser and his interdisciplinary work. Her co-authored, expanded English edition of an introduction to Vilém Flusser (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) is also available in Portuguese and German. The current Flusser project will examine the philosopher's understanding of creativity in the digital age and is closely connected to the 2013 international symposium on "ReMEDIAting Flusser: From Print-Text to the Image-Flood," a Digital Humanities project. Together with Christiane Heibach, Anke Finger is also working on a Media Studies reader to interconnect European with US debates and highlight emerging subfields in media theory.
Flusser, in part, also inspires Anke Finger's work on intercultural communication. Additional research projects include a collection of essays entitled KulturConfusão: German-Brazilian Interculturalities, co-edited with Gabi Kathoefer and Christopher Larkosh (in preparation for De Gruyter). She continues to embrace the challenge of writing a monograph (outlined as a hybrid project: scholarship/memoir/mixed materials) on her family's history, everyday life, and the arts in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany). She blogs at lcldigitalmedia (with Roger Travis) and at interartresearch (with Christiane Heibach) and serves on the editorial boards of Evental Aesthetics and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.