Anca Luca Holden

Anca Luca Holden

Visiting Assistant Professor of German


20th- and 21st-century German literature, Eastern European literature and culture during and after Communism, women writers, memory, travel and migration, and second language acquisition




  • University of Georgia, Ph.D., M.A.
  • Covenant College, B.A.

Anca Luca Holden’s research focuses on literary explorations of cultural identity, displacement, suffering, and transculturality in German and Eastern European literature Her dissertation entitled “Cultural Identity in Contemporary German-Romanian Literature: Richard Wagner and Herta Müller” examines conceptualizations of Germanness in Richard Wagner’s: “Ausreiseantrag. Begrüßungsgeld” (1990), In der Hand der Frauen (1995), and Miss Bukarest (2001); and Herta Müller’s Niederungen (1984), Herztier (1994), and Reisende auf einem Bein (1989).

Holden has been teaching introductory and advanced German language courses as well as upper level literature courses at Mt. Holyoke College and Smith College. She also taught German classes for American students in Erlangen, Germany. Recently, she taught a course on representations of the Berlin Wall in literature. This fall, she will teach a course on 19th century literature entitled “Flights of Fantasy, Fits of Madness.”

Holden has published book chapters and articles on Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann, Bernard Schlink, Richard Wagner, Marianne Ehrmann, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, and Carmen-Francesca Banciu. Her article entitled “The Hybridization and Dissolution of the Banat-Swabian Cultural Identity in Herta Müller’s ‘Dorfchronik” was accepted for publication in a special issue of Literature für Leser on Herta Müller forthcoming in the fall of 2011.

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