Aleksandra Prica

Aleksandra Prica

Associate Professor of German

Office location

Dey Hall 432

Aleksandra Prica’s (Ph.D. 2009/2010, Universität Zürich) scholarship seeks to merge two main academic interests and methodological approaches to literature: on the one hand, her interest is historical and focuses on medieval and early modern literary texts and their cultural contexts. On the other, her 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 and its relationship with the so-called modern era. Aleksandra Prica experiments with new ways of meaningfully relating aesthetics to the study of cultural practices, historical concepts and the philosophical examination of the human condition. She is the author of Decay and Afterlife: Form, Time, and the Textuality of Ruins, 1100 to 1900 and co-editor of Pietas litterata: An International Yearbook for Religious Knowledge in German Literature of the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. Her current book project is on speculations about the end times. 

Select Recent Publications

Decay and Afterlife: Form, Time, and the Textuality of Ruins, 1100 to 1900. Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2022. 

 “Limes-Gestalten. Über Zeit und Form in der Troja-Literatur,” in: Julia Weitbrech, Timo Felber, eds.: Die Zeit der letzten Dinge. Deutungsmuster und Erzählformen des Umgangs mit Vergänglichkeit in Mittelalter und Früher NeuzeitGöttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2020, 143-161. 

“Wildez wunder der Transformation. Formveränderung und Erkenntnisprozess in Konrads von Würzburg Goldener Schmiede,” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 86 (2012): 3-26. 

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

  • Poetology and Hermeneutics
  • Theology
  • Premodern Media
  • Aesthetics
  • Medieval and Early Modern
  • Literary Theory
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Cultural Theory
Curriculum Vitae
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