Ph.D.: Pennsylvania State University
Title: Assistant Professor of German
Office: 310 Founders
Research and Teaching Interests: 20th- and 21st-century German literature; German film; postcolonial studies; Africana studies.
Dr. Brust’s dissertation, entitled “Narrating the Imagination of Unified Nations in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Post-Wall Germany” was a comparative study of South African and German literature in recent decades, as the nations have grappled with the changes unleashed by the end of apartheid in South Africa and the German reunification. The book will reflect Dr. Brust's engagement with the issues of nationalism in literary and theoretical contexts. Dr. Brust’s research and teaching interests focus on 20th and 21st German literature and film, and include a focus upon nationalism, globalization, European and African Studies. Her scholarly essays also engage issues of gender and race, and investigate the images of, and the tensions between, nation and state in contemporary literature and film.