Aleksandra Starcevic

Visiting Lecturer

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location:
Swann 232 F
Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am–1:30pm or by appointment

Overview

Aleksandra Starcevic received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Georgetown University in 2021. That same year, she joined Georgia Tech faculty as a part-time Lecturer of German and is currently a Visiting Lecturer as of August 2023. She has extensive experience in teaching and course and program coordination at various levels of the curriculum and in very diverse communities. She has taught at Georgetown University, Emory University, Morehouse College (including Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University), Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Atlanta Technical College, and the German School of Atlanta. Over the years, she has been deeply involved in extracurricular activities and outreach. Alongside teaching, she collaborated with the German American Cultural Foundation where she established and expanded German programs under the project “German for South.”

Her teaching and research interests lie in:

  • Language- and content-integrated courses at all levels of the German curriculum
  • 20th and 21st German, migrant, and minority literature and cultures
  • Autobiographies, diaries, memoires, testimonials
  • Multiculturalism in German‐speaking countries

Her overarching interests encompass:

  • Concepts of Heimat, belonging, identity, nostalgia
  • Memory and post-memory studies among different generations
  • Trauma and literature
  • Dealing with wars and their aftermath in literature

In her dissertation Turning “Wounds” Into Words: Literary Representations of Loss in the Wake of the Yugoslav Wars and Their Aftermath, she analyzes and examines several works by migrant authors from the former Yugoslavia who write in German (Marica Bodrožić, Danko Rabrenović, and Saša Stanišić) to show similarities and differences in the literary representations of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s and their aftermath, as well as how these literary texts deal with the traumas and traumatic losses of Heimat, belonging, identity, and language.

 

Education:
  • Ph.D. in German Studies, Georgetown University
  • M.A. in German Language and Literature, Georgia State University

Interests

Research Fields:
  • German
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
Issues:
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Armed Conflict
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Diaspora Studies
  • History and Memory
  • Immigration and Migration Studies
  • Impacts and Consequences of Race/Ethnicity
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Literature
  • Migration
  • World Literature

Courses

  • GRMN-1001: Elementary German I
  • GRMN-1002: Elementary German II
  • GRMN-2001: Intermediate German I
  • GRMN-2002: Intermediate German II
  • GRMN-3024: Conversation and Composition