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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    • Washington University
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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 ni 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 to present: Co-Vice President of GemWGS (Association of Gender Minoritized and Women Graduate Students) and Co-Convener of the Comparative Readings of LGBTQ+ Literature in German reading group, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities