Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Dr. Lauren Hansen

Visiting Assistant Professor of German

Office: Bondurant E-206

Ph.D. in German, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. in German, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. in German, Northern Illinois University
B.S. in Business Marketing, Northern Illinois University

Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Hansen’s research interests include, but are not limited to, family memory and postmemory in post-1989 novels; East German literature; post-1989 representations of East Germany; minority literature; migration literature; and pedagogical practices that foster diversity and decolonialization in German Studies curricula. Dr. Hansen currently has a manuscript under review in which she conceptualizes migration as a formal textual element or as a “textual strategy” (Frank) in Barbara Honigmann’s novels Eine Liebe aus Nichts (1991) and Ein Kapitel aus meinem Leben (2004). In these novels, Honigmann’s autobiographical narrators engage with their parents’ memories of spatial migration during WWII. She is also currently working on a book chapter entitled“Multidirectional Memory as Decolonial Pedagogical Practice in German Studies” to be included in a forthcoming edited volume. The article proposes a decolonial approach to upper-level German Holocaust literature courses by examining multidirectional texts. Based on Michael Rothberg’s theory of “multidirectional memory,” authors of multidirectional texts draw the Holocaust into association with legacies of racism and colonialism in other contexts. Approaching multidirectional texts with a decolonial methodology in mind (Walter Mignolo) highlights the learner’s and author’s ethnocentric frame of reference when reading and writing about the past.

Courses Taught:
GERM 111: Intensive Elementary German
GERM 211: Intensive Intermediate German
GERM 321: German Civilization & Culture
GERM 586: Darstellungen der Familienerinnerung in deutscher Literatur nach 1989

“Negotiating Proximity and Distance to Holocaust Memory through Narrativity and Photography in Monika Maron’s Pawels Briefe (Pavel’s Letters) (1999).” Humanities 6.4 (2017). Special Issue: The Holocaust in Literature and Film. Ed. Prof. Dr. Andrea Reiter: