Modern Languages and Literatures
Erika Nelson-Mukherjee

Erika M. Nelson Mukherjee

Job Title
Associate Professor of German Studies
Director of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Karp Hall 102

Areas of expertise

German Studies / Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies / Narrative Medicine

Research interests

Transnational German-Language Poetry and Film / Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities / The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke / The Work of Doris Dörrie / Modern Retelling of Myth and Fairy Tales in German Culture / Buddhism and Spirituality / Transformative Learning

Teaching interests

German Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies / Poetry / Folklore and Fairy Tales / Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies / Film Studies / Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities / Creative Writing / Eco-Feminism and Eco-Spirituality / Global Citizenship


“Love, Pain, and the Whole Japan Thing: East Asian Encounters in Doris Dörrie’s Work,” in Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia. Qinna Shen and Martin Rosenstock (eds). New York: Berghahn, 2014.

“Reclaiming the Thuringian Tuscany: The Touristic Appeal of Bad Sulza and its Toskana Therme,” in Smith-Prei, Carrie and Cliver, Gwyneth Cliver (eds).Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East since German Reunification.
Oxford, New York: Berghahn, 2014.

“Lola ReRuns in the Classroom: Dramatic Improvisations on the Film Run Lola Run for Intermediate German Instruction,”
Scenario: Language, Culture, Literature. Vol. V: 2 (2011), 90.

“Reading Rajčić.” In Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in Literature and Culture. Vol. 26, Oct. 2010. “Switzerland—An/Other View of the Homeland in the Works of Dragica Rajčić’s and Andrea Štaka," in Baumgartner, Karin and Zinggeler, Margit (eds). New Approaches to Teaching Switzerland: From Multiculturalism to Cultural Hybridity. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

“Traumatic Traces in Crumbling Structures and Invisible Spaces.”
Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry, Literature & Culture.
Vol. 3: Immanence / Imminence. Nov. 2009.

“Caught in a Memory of Mourning on Modern Stage: Mary Zimmerman’s Presentation of Orpheus” in Bahun-Radunovi, Sanja and Rajan, Julie (eds.).
From Word to Canvas: Appropriations of Ancient Myths in Twentieth Century and Contempory Women's Aesthetic Production.
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

"Paths of Poetic Potentials in Zafer Șenocak's Poetry Collection Übergang." In Herminghouse, Patricia and Gerstenberger, Katharina (eds.).
German Literature in A New Century:Trends, Traditions, Transitions, Transformations.
Oxford, New York: Berghahn, 2008.

“Orpheus Underwater Poetry at the Spa: Remann’s Modern Glashaus Temple of Hearing and Healing.”
Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry, Literature & Culture,
Vol. 1: Contingency, Nov. 2007.

Reading Rilke's Orphic Identity. New York: Peter Lang, 2005.

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Academic credentials

B.A., English and Comparative Literature (Classics, German, French), Oberlin College; Graduate Certificate, Narrative Medicine, Columbia University; M.A., Germanic Languages and Literatures, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Psychology of Education, Teachers College Columbia University; Ph.D. Germanic Studies, The University of Texas at Austin