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Merritt, Adrienne

Assistant Professor


Research Areas research areas



  • German Hip Hop, Black German studies, Queer theories and studies, German poetics and translation, Cultural Production, Black Joy, Equity and Access in Education, Black studies theory and literary criticism


selected publications


courses taught

  • GRMN 1602 - Metropolis and Modernity
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    An interdisciplinary introduction to the modern industrial city in Europe and the USA, with particular attention to the representation of urbanism in the visual arts. Taught in English.
  • GRMN 2301 - Inside Nazi Germany: Politics, Culture, and Everyday Life in the Third Reich
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2023
    Examines social culture and everyday life in Nazi Germany. Topics include the role of propaganda in the media and entertainment industries, anti-Semitism and suppression of ethnic, social and religious minorities, the role of education and youth organizations, as well as the role of women, the churches, and the effects of a controlled economy before and during World War II. Taught in English.
  • GRMN 2503 - Fairy Tales of Germany
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023
    Explores the origins, cultural significance, stylistic and thematic features of the German fairy tale, with emphasis on the Brothers Grimm; on artistic fairy tales by Goethe, Tieck, Brentano, and others; and, on modern retellings in literature and popular culture. Taught in English.
  • GRMN 3141 - Topics in Modern German Culture and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Examines topics in modern German culture, including German literature, film, art, and politics. Topics vary each semester. Taught in English.
  • GRMN 3520 - Open Topics in the Cultural Context
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Examines topics in the cultures of German-speaking central Europe. Contact the departmental office for specific course offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topic varies. Department enforced prereq., GRMN 3020 (minimum grade C-)
  • GRMN 5420 - Seminar: Topics in Later 20th Century German Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Analyzes artistic and literary engagement with major discussions and debates in contemporary German-speaking societies. Course also provides an introduction to theoretical approaches relevant to the topic. See specific topic description for more details. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topic varies.
  • GRMN 6900 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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