Aleksandra Prica
Assisstant 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.

Recent Publications

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

“Toter Buchstabe – lebendiger Geist. Bibelauslegung als Lektüreereignis,” Das Mittelalter 18/1 (2013), 46-61.

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.