Kiley M Kost
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.