Affiliate Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
Director, Humanities Graduate Program
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 Garca Lorcas 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
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., English Literature & Linguistics, University of Hamburg, Germany
- 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
Published: Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2008
Borges Translations of German Expressionist Poetry: Spaniardizing Expressionism
Published in "The Comparatist: Journal of the Southern Comparative Literature," Association 32 (2008): 115-139.
Poetry of German Expressionism and the Spanish Avant-garde: Re-contextualizing Garca
Lorcas "Poeta en Nueva York"
Published in "Revista de Estudios Hispanicos," 38 (2004): 1-23.
German Unification: Concepts of Identity in Poetry from the East and West
Published in "The German Quarterly," 76.3 (2003): 273-288.