Mirjana Vukovic

Discourse and Knowledge on Poverty in the Works of Women Writers of Vormärz (Modern German Literature)

Doctoral Candidate

Address Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin
Email jvukovic@zedat.fu-berlin

Born in 1984 in Belgrade, Serbia. Studies of German Language and Literature at the University of Belgrade 2003-2007. Study visits to the Universities of Rostock (2005/2006) and Osnabrück (2007). Master of Arts in Newer German Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin 2008-2011 (scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD). Topic of Master thesis: „Concepts of Femininity in Selected Early Novellas by Thomas Mann“. Since October 2011 a doctoral candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies.

The project compares literary depictions of the phenomenon „poverty“ with those in the areas of social policy, political theory and historiography. According to the broad, culture-studies approach, discourses of knowledge are constructions which influence each other and are shaped by the historical moment.  The analysis deals with established questions of the research field „Literature and Discourses and Knowledge“: literary strategies in fiction and science, their interplay, conditions of knowledge production and reception, the role of the genre in  the constitution and transfer of knowledge. The goal of the dissertation is to contribute to the research of the Vormärz-epoch, with emphasis of „Discourses and Knowledge“ with the topic of poverty.

The relations between literature and natural sciences have received a considerable amount of scientific attention. This project aims to point out the fact that the field of social policy or political theory can also be used for fruitful comparison. Lastly, it also aims to broaden the scarce theoretically funded research on women writers in the first half of the 19th century.