Kiley M Kost

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German, Scandinavian & Dutch
425 FolH

9 Pleasant St. SE

I am PhD candidate in Germanic Studies interested in ecocriticism and environmental humanities. In my dissertation “Telling Deep Time: Geologic Narration in German Fiction since 1945” I examine works of fiction from German, Austrian, and Swiss authors that narrate geologic processes of the deep past and explore what demands such geologic stories place on narrative strategies. During the past academic year (2017-18), I was a visiting doctoral student at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich with the support of a Fulbright research grant. My other academics interests include new materialism, contemporary German and Austrian literature, and critical theory. Exploring these areas has led to teaching and research opportunities at the University of Minnesota and the University of Graz, as well as to a new curiosity for mushrooms.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota, 2014.
  • B.A.: Germanic Studies, Global Studies, University of Minnesota, 2010.


  • Ecocriticism
  • Environmental Humanities
  • 20th- and 21st-century literature
  • Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School
  • Austrian studies
Courses Taught
  • GER 3104W: Reading and Analysis of German Literature, Tinkering with Nature, (Instructor)
  • GER 3651: Thinking Environment: Green Culture, German Literature and Global Debates (Teaching Assistant)
  • Ecocriticism and American Literature (TA, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)
  • CLA1908W: Nature and Society in the Anthropocene (Co-instructor)
  • GER 1001 (Instructor)
  • GER 1002 (Instructor)
  • GER 1003 (Instructor)
  • GER 1004 (Instructor)
  • GER 204 (Carleton College, Fall 2018)
  • Kost, Kiley and Charlotte Melin. “Key Words.”Foreign Language Teaching and the Environment: Theory, Curricula, Institutional Structures, edited by Charlotte Melin, The Modern Language Association of America, forthcoming 2019.
  • Kost, Kiley. “Material Ecocriticism and Peter Handke’s Versuch über den Pilznarren.”Of Rocks, Mushrooms and Animals: Material Ecocriticism in German-speaking Cultures. Edited by Cecilia Novero in collaboration with August Obermayer and Peter Barton, Dunedin, 2017.
  • Gerhard Weiss Fellowship in German Studies, Summer 2018
  • Fulbright Grant for Research in Germany , 2017 - 2018
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (declined), 2017 - 2018
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, Summer 2017
  • COGS Travel Grant, Summer 2017
  • Hella Lindemeyer Mears Fellowship, 2015 - 2016
  • Gerhard Weiss Fellowship in German Studies, Summer 2015
  • GSD Graduate Teaching Award, 2014 - 2015
  • Max Kade Fellowship, 2012 - 2013