Erika Hille Rinker
Title: Assistant Professor of German
Office: Humanities Building 402
Erika Rinker (PhD Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010) Assistant Professor of German.
Rinker is responsible for all sections of German offered at UAB and advises all German minors. Academic interests in her discipline include nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and culture, literature and medicine, translation theory and practice, and women’s writing.
Rinker’s interdisciplinary dissertation, “(S)elective, Mimetic Aphasia: Stutter and Silence in Fin-de-siècle Critical Modernist Literature,” presented a close reading of Kraus’s Die letzten Tage der Menschheit as a complement to Oskar Kokoschka’sDie träumenden Knaben and Mörder Hoffnung der Frauen, Georg Trakl’s “Kaspar Hauser Lied” and “Grodek,” and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus.
In an effort to expand the opportunities for UAB German students to study abroad, Rinker participated in the 2010 Baden-Württemberg Seminar for American Faculty in German and German Studies, organized by the Department of International Affairs at the Universität Tübingen and sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts and the German American Fulbright Commission.
In addition to Rinker’s responsibility to grow the German program, she continues to develop FLL 120, Foreign Cultures: In Theory and Contemporary Contexts, a required course in the Foreign Language Major Common Core and an approved Ethics and Civic Responsibility (ECR) course.