Renata Fuchs

Instructor of German

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  • phone (205) 348-5059
  • office location BB Comer Hall 216

Research Areas

  • Romanticism to Postmodernism
  • Intellectual history
  • Philosophy
  • Visual arts
  • Women’s writing
  • Minority literatures
  • Holocaust studies
  • German-Jewish literature
  • Translation studies


Dr. Fuchs received her BA in German Studies from the University of Florida in 2006 and her PhD in German from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2014. She participated in international educational exchanges at the Universities of Göttingen and Greifswald. From 2015 to 2022, Dr. Fuchs was a lecturer in the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies and a research fellow with the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA.

Selected Publications


Book Translation



  • Re-Discovery of Collaborative Close Reading in Times of Disruption (Forum Here and Now, Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023)
  • “The Philosophical Letter and German Women Writers in Romanticism” (Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the German Tradition, Oxford University Press, 2023)
  • “Sonnabend abend gegen sieben, hellster Mondschein in meine Stube hinein,” Rahel Levin Varnhagen Speaks Caspar David Friedrich or Intermediality in Romanticism (Colloquia Germanica, Vol. 54.3-4, 2023)
  • Global Citizenship Education in the UCLA Digital Humanities Classroom: In the Light of Early German Romantic Philosophy (Centering Global Citizenship Education in the Public Sphere, Routledge, 2021)
  • “Sie hat den Gegenstand”: Rahel Levin Varnhagen’s Subliminal Dialogue with Goethe (Goethe Yearbook Vol. 27, 2020)
  • Digital Media Network Projects: Classroom Inclusivity through a Symphilosophical Approach (Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies, 2020)
  • The Politics of the Female Body in Louise Aston’s and Fanny Lewald’s Works Through the Prism of the Romantic Theory of Sociability and Dialogue (Writing the Self, Creating Community: German Women Authors and the Literary Sphere, 1750-1850, Camden, 2020)
  • Louise Aston (1814-1871): A Liberal Author and Feminist (Women from the Parsonage. Pastors’ Daughters as Writers, Translators, Salonnières, and Educators, De Gruyter, 2019)
  • “Es war einmal ein Dorf, das hatte einen Brunnen und ein grünes Minarett”: Storytelling and the Image of Muslim Women in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Story Collection Mutterzunge,” (Colloquia Germanica Vol. 47. Issue 4, 2017)
  • “I Drink Love to Get Strong”: Bettina Brentano von Arnim’s Romantic Philosophy and Dialogue in Die Günderode (The Women in German Yearbook Vol 32, 2016)
  • “Soll ein Weib wohl Bücher schreiben; Oder soll sie’s lassen bleiben?” The Immediate Reception of Rahel Levin Varnhagen as a Public Figure (Neophilologus Vol. 98, Issue 2, 2014)