Brooke Shafar

Ph.D., Lecturer of German



M.A., Ph. D., German, Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., German and English, Western Kentucky University

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • 19th and early 20th century German literature
  • Representations of imagination, emotion, and adolescence
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Narrative Theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • Language teaching and pedagogy

Personal Statement

Brooke Shafar received her Ph. D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016.  Her dissertation explores the ways in which imagination, emotion, and the adolescent experienced are narrated and conceptualized in literary texts in a period when the notion of adolescence was in flux.  She is generally interested in the fantastic in literature and thinking about how stories are told.  Her studies at Washington University also involved completing a certificate in film and media studies and a great deal of research work and training in the digital humanities.  Brooke is excited to be joining the faculty at UNCG and working with students in the German program.