Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

Fulbright-Karl Franzens University Graz Visiting Professor in Cultural Studies

Home Institution
Appalachian State University
Interdisciplinary Studies
Host Institution
University of Graz
March 1, 2020–June 30, 2020

Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand received her PhD in German from the Pennsylvania State University. She is professor of German and global studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where she has served as chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures and as director of the Global Studies Program. In addition to her book Topographies of Gender in Middle High German Arthurian Romance, she has published articles on medieval German literature, particularly focusing on intersections of medieval literature and the visual or musical arts. Other areas of research and teaching interest include not only Arthurian literature and medievalisms, but also the reception of folklore and fairytales (e.g., Brothers Grimm), immersive and experiential pedagogies in foreign languages and medieval studies, and the teaching of language and culture across the curriculum. Recent projects include a co-authored article on women’s Arthurian scholarship in German for the Journal of International Arthurian Studies and a manuscript currently in press with Bloomsbury Press entitled Medieval Literature on Display: Heritage and Culture in Modern Germany. Her Fulbright project is a corollary project that will be undertaken in cooperation with the University of Graz; the project explores how display of medieval literature and texts tangibly and consciously reflects the identity of Austrian communities that celebrate older narratives as twenty-first-century heritage.