Franziska Finkenstein

Franzi Finkenstein

PhD student in Germanic Languages & Literatures
Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
research interests:
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • German-Jewish Studies
  • Genre Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Decolonial Approaches
  • Life Writing
  • Narratology
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    • MSC 1104-1146-319
    • Washington University
    • 1 Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Franzi Finkenstein (she/her/hers) received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Philipps-University of Marburg and her master's degree from the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and UCL London. 

    She also worked as a freelance writer for several magazines and newspapers.

    Franzi's research interests focus on the examination of gender and genre aspects, as well as complexities concerning identity, representation, and subjectivity in life writing. Alongside Thao Ho (FU Berlin), she is the editor of Weak zine. Their first issue, "Music x Mental Health" came out in April 2021.


    German Studies Association conference 2019: "Traveling Narratives in Rudolf von Ems Willehalm and Weltchronik"
    English Graduate Studies Association Symposium 2021: "'...don't you know that I'm decaying, completely decaying, like something that ceases to exist?' The decaying self and self-constitution in Rahel Varnhagen's letters to David Veit"
    German Studies Association conference 2021: Participant in Emerging Scholars Workshop with Professor Monica Black
    2021/22: Co-Vice President of GemWGS (Association of Gender Minoritized and Women Graduate Students)
    2021/22: Co-Convener of the Comparative Readings of LGBTQ+ Literature in German reading group, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities
    Rahel Varnhagen Conference Kraków 2021"Auch ist der Schmerz, wie ich ihn kenne, auch ein Leben“. Leid und Selbsterfahrung in Rahel Varnhagens Briefe an David Veit
    30th Graduate Symposium (German Department at Washington University in St. Louis) 2022Un)making Pain – Translation of Pain into Art in the Case of Charlotte Salomon
    Fellow at The Berlin Seminar 2022
    Grimmelshausen Conference “Gender in Grimmelshausen and Early Modern Literature” 2022: “Unmasking the Masks. The Picaresque and the Complexity of Gender in Grimmelshausen’s Courasche”