Shakespeare, Milton, ecocriticism, architecture and nature in literature
dance, France, French literature and history, American architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright
Pedagogy. American Literature. Poetry. Film. Architecture. Criticism and Theory.
Contemporary literature. Ethics. Architecture and literature. Literary landscapes. Urbanism. Cosmopolitanism. Literature and community.
Contemporary Catalan and Spanish Culture
Theories of Architecture
Post-Marxism and Deconstruction
Sixteenth-century French literature, visual culture, emblematics, architectural history, spatial theory, domesticity, French cinema.
I am the editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal and very active in international Stevens scholarship. My other main research field is LGBT/Queer Studies, especially where it involves collaboration between disciplines and/or between academics and activists (nationally within Belgium as well as internationally within Europe and beyond). I have also a history in collaborative interdisciplinary urban studies, with a special focus on New York City and on the relations between literature and architecture.
Nineteenth-century travel narratives and the formation of empire; identity and global, colonial politics; visual culture, particularly representations of the self and the foreign; nineteenth-century Jewish life and migrations; the development of literature for children; architecture and material culture; Victorian domestic life.
My research interests include medieval and nineteenth-century French literature and cultural studies, the reception of medieval art, architecture, and literature in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe and America, early photojournalism, celebrity interviews, European and American writer house museums, naturalism, decadence, mysticism, cabaret culture, nineteenth-century French theater, the collection and study of Asian art in nineteenth-century France, and global food politics and sustainability studies. I teach a variety of courses from Beginning French I to advanced French language, literature, and culture courses with particular emphasis on the medieval period and the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I currently serve as Book Review Coeditor for the journal Nineteenth-Century French Studies and as a board member of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association.
Anke Finger’s teaching and research focus on modernism, media studies, digital humanities, literature and other arts, aesthetics, and interculturality. Based on her early interests in art connections and multi-media, she specializes in the idea of the total artwork in modernism (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006), and 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 (The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, 2015), including e-literature and multi-modal publishing. A co-founder and co-editor (2005-2015) of the multilingual ejournal Flusser Studies, Anke Finger’s closely related scholarship in media studies and theory originates from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. She is co-author of the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser (with shorter versions available in German and Portuguese) and serves on the advisory board of FlusserBrasil. Her latest Flusser project goes digital again, a cross-art collection composed with Scalar. The introduction to this multimodal publication is available on Vimeo. Her most recent publication in intercultural communication, a collection of essays entitled KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, was published by Walter de Gruyter in 2015. She also co-authors a blog on intercultural tool sets, “PracticingDifference,” with Manuela Wagner. Anke Finger serves as the Assistant Director of Digital Humanities and Media Studies (DHMS) at the UCONN Humanities Institute.