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Stoicea, Gabriela

Stoicea, Gabriela

Associate Professor of German

Office: 513 Strode
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Ph.D., Yale University

Gabriela’s research falls under the general umbrella of German literature, culture, and intellectual history from the late 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on theories of narrativity and visuality, film, translation as intercultural communication, as well as the interplay between science and culture, and between politics and culture.

Her first monograph uses a cultural studies approach to offer a constellation of ideas and polemics surrounding the readability of the human body. By including discussions from the medical sciences, epistemology, semiotics, and aesthetics, Fictions of Legibility draws out the multifaceted permutations of corporeal legibility, as well as its relevance for the development of the novel and for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue.

Gabriela has also published articles on Fritz Lang, Claude Lanzmann, and Sophie von La Roche, and she is the recipient of many competitive research grants. At Clemson, she has been teaching all levels of German, as well as courses in the Honors College and in the World Cinema program. In 2016, she received the CAAH Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and returns to the classroom every semester with renewed dedication and enthusiasm.

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Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Fictions of Legibility: The Human Face and Body in Modern German Novels from Sophie von La Roche to Alfred Döblin. Transcript, 2020.
-Reviewed in German Studies Review
-Reviewed in The German Quarterly

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Moosbrugger and the Case for Responsibility in Robert Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften,” The German Quarterly, vol. 91, no. 1, 2018, pp. 49-66.

"When History Meets Literature: Jonathan Israel, Sophie von La Roche, and the Problem of Gender." The Radical Enlightenment in Germany: A Cultural Perspective, edited by Carl Niekerk, Brill/Rodopi, 2018, pp. 211-37.
-Reviewed in the Goethe Yearbook

“Re-Producing the Class and Gender Divide: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis,” in Women in German Yearbook, vol. 22, 2006, pp. 21-42.

“The Difficulties of Verbalizing Trauma: Translation and the Economy of Loss in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah,” in the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, vol. 39, no. 2, 2006, pp. 43-53.

Reviews & Interviews

Linda Dietrick and Birte Giesler, eds. Women’s Creativity around 1800 (Göttingen: Wehrhahn, 2015). In Lessing Yearbook, vol. 44, 2017, pp. 207-209.

Bettina Brandt and Valentina Glajar, eds. Herta Müller: Politics and Aesthetics (Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2013). In German Studies Review, vol. 38, no. 3, 2015, pp. 704-706.

(with Johannes Schmidt) Elisabeth Décultot and Gerhard Lauer, eds. Herder und die Künste. Ästhetik, Kunsttheorie, Kunstgeschichte (Heidelberg: Winter, 2013). In Lessing Yearbook, vol. 42, 2015, pp. 213-215.

Stefan Börnchen, Georg Mein, and Gary Schmidt, eds. Thomas Mann. Neue kulturwissenschaftliche Lektüren (München: Wilhelm Fink, 2012). In German Studies Review, vol. 37, no.1, 2014, pp. 208-210.