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Current and recent projects

The second issue of the journal Critical Multilingualism Studies, which I co-edit with my colleague David Gramling, appears in June 2013, with contributions from Michael Holquist, Glenn Levine, Deniz Göktürk, and Anjali Pandey.

Routledge's latest handbook on stylistics has recently appeared. This beautiful volume, edited by Michael Burke, includes a contribution from me on “Literary Pragmatics and Stylistics." 

Watch for the volume Transforming the Foreign Language Curriculum in Higher Education: New Perspectives from the United States (edited by Janet Swaffar and Per Urlaub) later this year, which contains an article from me titled “Mapping New Classrooms in Literacy-Oriented Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: The Role of the Reading Experience."

My colleague David Gramling and I also have an article--“Kontaktpragmatik: fremdsprachliche Literatur und symbolische Beweglichkeit.”--forthcoming in the journal Deutsch als Fremdsprache as part of a special issue on Literature in German Foreign Language Teaching.

Some preliminary discussion of one of my current projects, will soon be available in an article co-authored with Jon Reinhardt and Kristin Lange, "Digital games as practices and texts: New literacies and genres in an L2 German classroom," which is set to appear in a Calico monograph in 2014.

My 2013 monograph, The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony examines a number of German-language literary  autobiographies that are connected to diverse social movements from the last forty years. These books have all received critical attention from the popular press, topped bestseller lists, and have been pivotal in discussions of authenticity, subjectivity, and referentiality. Because of the thematic diversity of these works, scholars within literary and cultural studies have tended to treat them separately under topical categories, such as women’s literature, the post-war generation, migration and multiculturalism, etc. My claim is that a pragmatic-stylistic approach is well-suited to describing how literary autobiographies come to function as testimonies to certain collective experiences. Through the analysis of key examples of German social testimonies from the late twentieth century, my book incorporates insights from discourse analysis, pragmatics, cogntive poetics, and sociolinguistics in order to demonstrate that this diverse body of works constitutes a particular form of textual practice defined by what I call authenticity effects—feelings of realism, immediacy, exemplarity, genuineness, and social relevance. By studying authenticity as a poetic effect, I believe that we can better understand the testimonial glamour owned by various types of autobiographical narration.