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Clara Fisher

Clara Fisher joined the German Ph.D. program in the fall of 2010 after receiving a B.A. in German and International Studies at Augustana in South Dakota (2010). She earned a Master’s in German Literature at Vanderbilt in the spring of 2012 with research focusing on notebook editions and how they affect the concept of a work of literature, particularly regarding Friedrich Nietzsche’s Hefte and Bertolt Brecht’s Notizbücher, for which she received a departmental award for excellence in research and which she also presented at the Future of Philology Conference at Columbia University in 2012. As a Ph.D. candidate, Clara pursued her interest in editions further by studying Editionswissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin (2013-14) for a year abroad. She reached ABD status upon returning to the US in the fall of 2014 and moved back to Berlin on a DAAD stipend for dissertation research in 2016. Clara is currently completing her dissertation “Collections of Collections: Reading and Representing Poetry Cycles with Plural Publications” (Working Title), in which she examines the phenomenon of multiple divergent but connected authorized publications under the same title, focusing especially on the multiple publications of Hebräische Balladen by Else Lasker-Schüler. In her dissertation, Clara reflects on the lack of terminology for, acknowledgement of, and methods for approaching this phenomenon in our field (by no means singular to Lasker-Schüler: Arno Holz’ Phantasus, Bertolt Brecht’s Hauspostille), investigates reasons related to the book market and publishing and the genre of poetry for how and why such a group of works might be and have been created, considers how groups of connected publications have previously been and could be read, and takes up the question of how they might be presented together in an edition in an accessible way. Other research interests include romanticism, modernity, fragments, form experiments, translation problems, perspectives from which historical narratives are told, representations of displacement, disability, queerness, and gender nonconformity in literature and film, and intersectionality.