Erik Grell earned his BA in History and German from St. Olaf College and his PhD in German Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Before arriving at Furman, Erik served as a Lecturer at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. In addition to teaching all levels of German language, from beginning to advanced courses, Erik also teaches a wide variety of courses on linguistics, literature, and philosophy. His principle area of research is nineteenth-century German narrative fiction. He is specifically interested in uncovering the strategies by which literature helped foster political identities and vice-versa. A recent article on Adalbert Stifter’s Brigitta appearing in The German Quarterly offers a taste of his current project, which explores the connections between allegory, liberalism, and erotics in German realism. Erik is thrilled to be a part of the Modern Languages and Literatures faculty at Furman, and excited to support a fantastic group German learners!