Elisabeth Fertig

Fulbright-IFK Junior Fellowship

Home Institution
University of Michigan
Linguistics and Literature
Host Institution
IFK / University of Vienna
January 1, 2021–June 30, 2021

Elisabeth Fertig is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at the University of Michigan, where her research focuses on the intersection of experimental poetics and radio drama in English and German. Additional research areas include sound studies, media theory, audio storytelling, feminist and queer theory, contemporary poetics, critical translation studies, and autotheory. She has designed and taught courses on the new rhetoric of American advertising, podcasting, and audio composition, among others, and presented papers on apocalyptic humor in Beckett and the silence of Walter Benjamin’s radio archive. She earned her BA in English and German from Oberlin College. Alongside her work as a PhD student, Elisabeth hosts a weekly radio show combining music, poetry, and critical commentary on WCBN-FM, Ann Arbor’s freeform community radio station.