Renata Fuchs is a lecturer of German in the Department of Germanic Languages and a research fellow with the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research areas include the Romantic era, contemporary German literature, German-Jewish literature, Holocaust studies, women’s studies, literary multilingualism and translation studies, and minority literatures. More broadly, she works on eighteenth- through twenty-first-century intellectual history, literature, philosophy, and culture and explores the relevance of German Romanticism. She has published and presented on women’s authorship in the context of letter writing and salons in late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as well as on contemporary German literature thematizing such issues as, migration, alterity, hybridity, and neo-nomadism. As the research fellow, she organizes and leads the German-Jewish Book Series.
- Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Professor Fuch’s current project is of interdisciplinary nature and involves the fields of art, history, and literature and results in a collaborative effort of the UCLA Confucius Institute, Fowler Museum, Department of Germanic Languages, and Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. Fuchs’s role is to translate and analyze the autobiography of the German-Jewish photographer, Eva Sandberg Siao, and to prepare a conceptual framework that will be used when exhibiting Sandberg Siao’s work at the Fowler and other museums.
- Tobias Heinrich, Leben lesen. Zur Theorie der Biographie um 1800, Köln: Böhlau, 2016, 199 pp. (Monatshefte, forthcoming)
- Blackbirds in September. Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker. By Jürgen Becker.Translated by Okla Elliott. Black Lawrence Press, 2015, 145 pp. (The Southeast Review, vol. 31.5, 2016)
- Jack Zipes, Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimm’s Folk and Fairy Tales, Princeton University, 2015, 267 pp. (German Studies Review, vol. 39, no.2, May 2016)
- Terézia Mora, Das Ungeheuer, München: Luchterhand, 2013, 688 pp. (Edge Graduate Journal in German and Scandinavian Studies 2015)
- Frauen dichten anders. Deutsche Dichterinnen vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart. Ed. Marcel Reich-Ranicki. Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 2013, 246 pp. (Focus on German Studies, vol. 21, 2014)
- “’Ich trinke Liebe um stark zu werden’: Bettina Brentano von Arnim’s Romantic Philosophy and Dialogue in Die Günderode” (Women in German Yearbook: Vol 32, 2016)
- “’Soll ein Weib wohl Bücher schreiben; Oder soll sie’s lassen bleiben? The Immediate Reception of Rahel Levin Varnhagen as a Public Figure” (Neophilologus: Vol. 98, Issue 2, 2014)
- ““Es war einmal ein Dorf, das hatte einen Brunnen und ein grünes Minarett”: Storytelling and the Image of Muslim Women in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Story Collection Mutterzunge,” (Forthcoming in Colloquia Germanica 2017)
- “Louise Aston’s Dialogue of Defiance” (Forthcoming with Camden House in the volume Women from the Parsonage. Pastors’ Daughters as Writers, Translators, Salonnières, and Educators)
Honors and Awards
- UCLA Confucius Institute Faculty Grant, 2016
- Dissertation Completion Fellowship, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, University of Illinois, 2013-2014
- DAAD Fellowship for the German Institute at the Ernst Moritz Arndt-Universität Greifswald 2011-2012
- Professor Ernst Alfred Philippson Research Travel Award Summer, 2011
- Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society
- Max Kade Fellowship 2010-2011
Apart from teaching German language courses, I enjoy teaching literature courses in German and in translation. At its best, I hope that my teaching communicates an excitement about engaging in critical discussion and analysis of all kinds of texts (literature, philosophy, film, television show, music) that can be read with and against one another in productive synergy. I think that such multi-textual interaction is quite unique to the humanities and helps attract students to more advanced study in humanistic disciplines. Once students learn how to do productive close readings, they can apply the techniques of literary and cultural criticism to texts from various disciplines and can establish connections between and increase their comprehension of differences among the ways in which different disciplines construct knowledge. The courses I teach use the tools of German studies and captivating topics and texts from folklore, classical novels, popular culture, philosophy, and art history to build students’ knowledge of the humanities in general, to enhance their critical acumen, and to teach the foundations of argumentation.