Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; Affiliated with the Department of Digital Media and Design
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Brandeis University 1997
Areas of Expertise
German and Comparative Modernism
Media Studies / Digital Humanities
Interart Studies / Literature and Other Arts / Aesthetics
Intercultural Communication / Intercultural Literary Studies
Contact InformationOffice/Hours: Oak Hall 226 Spring 2015: Tue 1-3pm 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 while also teaching at Babson College and Boston College. 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, media studies, digital humanities, literature and other arts, contemporary aesthetics, and interculturality. 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 (2011). Her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design (see The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, forthcoming May 2015). Next, the total artwork and sensory perception will feature in a book project on neuroscience, aesthetics, and the avant-garde.
A co-founder (with Rainer Guldin, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano) of Flusser Studies, Anke Finger's closely related scholarship in media studies and theory originates from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. A co-author of the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser (with shorter versions available in German and Portuguese), her current book project connects the media philosopher's writings to
larger debates on posthumanism and contemporary aesthetics and engages current issues in creativity research. It emerges from the 2013 international symposium Anke Finger organized on "ReMEDIAting Flusser: From Print-Text to the Image-Flood." She serves on the advisory board of FlusserBrasil.
Her latest publication (on the technical image) is connected to the Images? Precisely! project by Mark Linder (Syracuse). In November 2014, she conducted a workshop on Remediating Things in Lucerne, Switzerland (with J. Allen, C. Heibach, and R. M. Novaes). For this summer, Anke Finger was awarded a DAAD research grant to conduct archival work at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. Her most recent publication on intercultural communication is forthcoming from Walter de Gruyter in 2015: a collection of essays entitled KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, co-edited with Gabi Kathoefer and Christopher Larkosh.