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Currently, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at the University of Pittsburgh, where I completed my Ph.D. in German Studies and a doctoral-level certificate in Cultural Studies in April 2016. I have taught a variety of German language, literature, and culture courses from the beginning to the advanced levels. During the Spring 2017 term, I have been teaching an intensive German writing course and new immersive German theater course of my own design, “The Drama of Ideas,” in which students are analyzing, modernizing, and preparing to perform Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck on stage. I currently manage the German Department’s official social media presence on Facebook and Instagram.


My scholarly training and research and teaching interests span German literary and cultural history from the Enlightenment to the present. A major emphasis of my research is on emotion studies because researching emotions has opened new avenues of investigation into questions of the individual, the social, and the relationship between individuals and society since the recent ‘affective turn.’ My first book project, in progress, analyzes emotion in fin-de-siècle German novels by Thomas Mann, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Theodor Fontane. 


Thanks to the support of a Fulbright Fellowship from the German-American Fulbright Commission, I had the opportunity to spend 2014-2015 academic year in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Center for the History of Emotions and Freie Universität Berlin. I have also received generous support for my research from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Historical Institute (GHI), and the University of Pittsburgh Program for Cultural Studies.


I am a member of the Keywords Project, a collaborative research initiative sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh and Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

Holly A. Yanacek

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