Laura Eidt grew up in Germany and received her B.A. in English, Spanish, and German Literatures and Linguistics from Hamburg University. During her studies of these three separate fields, she realized how fascinating it was to find connections between the literatures (and languages) from different cultural backgrounds, and so she decided to pursue a career in Comparative Literature. Tired of the gray sky in Hamburg, she decided for the University of Texas in Austin, where she wrote her M.A. thesis entitled Poetry of German Expressionism and the Spanish Avant-garde: Re-Contextualizing García Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York and her doctoral dissertation, Writing and Filming the Painting: Ekphrasis in Literature and Film, which was published as a book by Rodopi Editorial in 2008. As the book title indicates, Dr. Eidt is interested in the interrelations of various art forms, particularly literature, the visual arts, and film, and she loves to use a variety of media in all of her classes, from introductory language classes to advanced comparative literature classes. Having studied English, Spanish, French, and Italian (in addition to her native German) at various points in her life, she is also highly interested in how languages are learned, how they are related, and in effective ways of teaching foreign languages. Moreover, with two fully bilingual (and well on the way to trilingual) children, a new area of research as well as teaching interest is multilingualism and multiculturalism.
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., University of Hamburg, Germany (major: English Literature and Linguistics, minors: German Literature and Spanish Literature, with study abroad at Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Comparative Literary Traditions Courses
MCT 3309. Introduction to Comparative Literary Traditions
MCT 3381. Contemporary Europe: Crossing Borders in Literature and Film
MCT 4349. Senior Honors Thesis
MCTG 3305. Introduction to German Literature
MSP 3324. Advanced Spanish Composition/Grammar
MSP 3323. Advanced Spanish Communication/Grammar
3331. Applied Linguistics: Introduction to Foreign Language Pedagogy
3V32. German/French/Italian/Spanish Outreach Teaching Practicum
Writing and Filming the Painting: Ekphrasis in Literature and Film. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008.
“Borges’ Translations of German Expressionist Poetry: Spaniardizing Expressionism.” The Comparatist: Journal of the Southern Comparative Literature Association 32 (2008): 115-139.
“Poetry of German Expressionism and the Spanish Avant-garde: Re-contextualizing García Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 38 (2004): 1-23.
“German Unification: Concepts of Identity in Poetry from the East and West.” The German Quarterly 76.3 (2003): 273-288.