Simone Pfleger's Award Winning Dissertation

28 October 2019

Simone Pfleger has won an award for her dissertation!

Women in German issues an annual call for dissertations by WiG members in consideration for a Dissertation Prize. The recipient receives a $500 cash award and a certificate of recognition to be conferred at the following WiG conference. The committee is looks for dissertations that reflect feminist approaches to German literature and culture or in the intersection of gender with other categories of analysis such as sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity; make a substantial contribution to the current dialogue in the given area; and demonstrate solid and innovative scholarship.

Simone Pfleger's dissertation (Un)Doing and (Un)Becoming: Temporality, Subjectivity, and Relationality in Twenty-First Century Literature and Film illustrates the importance of queer theoretical approaches to the larger academic community in German Studies. It is ground-breaking because it applies theories of queer temporality to an examination of precarity and agency in key works of several major feminist/queer authors and film makers, such as Barbara Kirchner, Angelina Maccarone, Juli Zeh and Antje Ravic Strubel whereas prior critics had focused on spatiality.

Congratulations, Simone!