Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; Affiliated with the Department of Digital Media and Design; Section Chair, German Studies
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Brandeis University 1997
Areas of Expertise
German and Comparative Modernism
Media Studies/Digital Humanities
Interart Studies / Literature and Other Arts
Intercultural Competence / Intercultural Literary Studies
Sensory perception/History of the Senses
Contact InformationOffice/Hours: Oak Hall 226
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, 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 the architect Henry van de Velde's ideas and contributed to The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, forthcoming November 2014. 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 closely related scholarship in media studies and theory emerges from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. Her co-authored introduction to Vilém Flusser (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) is also available in Portuguese and German. The current Flusser project examines the philosopher's understanding of creativity in the digital age and is closely connected to the 2013 international symposium Anke Finger organized on "ReMEDIAting Flusser: From Print-Text to the Image-Flood," a Digital Humanities project. Her latest publication (on Flusser's technical image) is connected to the Images? Precisely! project by Mark Linder (Syracuse). In November 2014, she conducts a workshop on Remediating Things for the Swiss Design Workshop in Lucerne, Switzerland (with J. Allen, C. Heibach, and R. M. Novaes).
Additional research projects include a collection of essays entitled KulturConfusão: German-Brazilian Interculturalities, co-edited with Gabi Kathoefer and Christopher Larkosh (forthcoming from Walter de Gruyter in 2015). She hopes to finish a book on her family's history, everyday life, and the arts in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in the near future...