Kristina C. MendicinoAndrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Humanities, Assistant Professor of German Studies
Kristina Mendicino has studied Theater, German Studies, Classics, and Comparative Literature at Yale University, the Eberhard Karls-Universität Tübingen, the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, and the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main. She completed her Ph.D. in German Studies at Yale University in 2012 and joined the Brown faculty in 2013, after holding a post-doctoral position at the University of Notre Dame.
Kristina Mendicino works on German literature and philosophy from the eighteenth through the twentieth century, as well as Ancient Greek poetry, drama, and philosophy. Her interests include the rhetoric of prophecy in German Idealism and Romanticism, translation, poetic and philosophical articulations of temporality, and choreography.
Kristina Mendicino is currently working on a monograph devoted to the prophecies of language that return repeatedly in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German writing. Not only do authors such as G.W.F. Hegel, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Friedrich Hölderlin, and Friedrich Schlegel evoke and discuss oracular speech in several of their most important texts; they also suggest in their writings the attempt to address a language that is yet to come. In her project, Mendicino develops a commentary on the specific articulations and implications of these prophecies of language.
She is also interested in developing a second book-length project on choreography, or "dance-writing," in the literal sense of the term and its implications for thinking about writing, rhythm, and poetry in the works of writers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Valéry, and William Carlos Williams.