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Aleksandra Prica
Assistant Professor of German Literature


I have studied German Literature and Theology at the University of Zürich in Switzerland and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. I received my Ph.D. degree in Medieval German Literature at the University of Zürich in 2010. Before spending two years on a postdoctoral grant at the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago I was a Senior Research Associate (Oberassistentin) of Medieval German Studies in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Zürich. I joined the faculty of UNC in January 2016.

Intellectual Biography & Awards

My academic interest focuses on literary, theological, philosophical and cultural discourses from late antiquity to the baroque as well as on the reception of medieval literature in German Romanticism and in the Modern Era. Strong emphasis lies on the examination of the historicity of media and mediality, i.e. on changes in communication practices, new dynamics in medial forms, and reflection on the conditions of communication. In my past work I have largely dealt with the blurring boundaries between literary and religious and/or theological discourses and with the medial implications of this relationship. In addition I have published articles on the concepts of ‘form’ and ‘figure’, and I have co-edited a volume on the mediality of time.

Main Fields of Interest

I seek to merge two main academic interests and methodological approaches to literature: on the one hand, my interest is historical and focuses on medieval and early modern literary texts and their cultural contexts. On the other, my perspective is theoretical and stresses the relationship between literature and philosophical and theoretical discourses, including theories of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This synthesis ultimately serves the goal of rethinking the aesthetic significance of medieval and early modern literature beyond its perception as a (oft-neglected) prehistory to literature of the modern era. I experiment with new ways of meaningfully relating aesthetics to the study of cultural practices, historical concepts and the philosophical examination of the human condition.

Recent Publications

“Limes-Gestalten. Über Zeit und Form in der Troja-Literatur,” in: Julia Weitbrech, Timo Reivekamp-Felber, eds.: Letzte Dinge. Deutungsmuster und Erzählformen des Umgangs mit Vergänglichkeit im Horizont heterochroner Zeitsemantiken. Encomia Deutsch IV. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (accepted and in preparation)

Nüchterne Trunkenheit. Methodisch kontrollierte Erbauung auf amplifiziertem Fundament,” in: Susanne Köbele, Claudio Notz, eds: Die Versuchung der schönen Form, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2019, 77-90.

“Lingering: Visions of Past and Future in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” in: Christian Kiening and Martina Stercken (eds.): Temporality and Mediality in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Turnhout: Brepols 2018, 229-254.


“Offenbarung,” in: Daniel Weidner (ed.), Handbuch Literatur und Religion, Stuttgart, Weimar: J.B. Metzler Verlag 2016.



imMittellalter“Das Stocken der Heilsgeschichte. Säkularisierungsdynamiken in der Literatur aus dem Umfeld des Deutschen Ordens,” in: Susanne Köbele, Bruno Quast (eds.), Literarische Säkularisierung im Mittelalter, Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2014, 329-356.


PhilosophischeKehrseiten“Ruine. Versuch über die philosophische Kehrseite bei Georg Simmel,” in: Natalie Pieper, Benno Wirz (eds.), Philosophische Kehrseiten. Eine andere Einleitung in die Philosophie, Freiburg/Br.: Verlag Karl Alber 2014, 273-297.


WiederkehrWiederkehr und Verheissung. Dynamiken der Medialität in der Zeitlichkeit. Zürich: Chronos Verlag 2011 (Medienwandel-Medienwechsel-Medienwissen 16); co-edited with Christian Kiening and Benno Wirz.


HeilsgeschichtenHeilsgeschichten. Untersuchungen zur mittelalterlichen Bibelauslegung zwischen Poetik und Exegese. Zürich: Chronos Verlag 2010 (Medienwandel-Medienwechsel-Medienwissen 8).


Frequently Taught Courses

  • GERM 303: Introduction to German Literature

Dr. Prica’s Upcoming Course Offerings

Additional Information

For more about Dr. Prica, see her Curriculum Vitae.