Ilka Rasch is Associate Professor in the Department of MLL and the Film Studies Program at Furman University. Her areas of interest include aesthetics of terrorism/politically motivated violence (media coverage, film & literature), visual archives and collective memory, melodrama, German & American film history, fascist cinema and culture, film and literary theory.

She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and wrote her dissertation on The Return of the Red Army Faction (RAF): German Tales of Terror. She has studied at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf (HFF) in Berlin/Potsdam and works as a script consultant in her spare time. She has extensive study abroad experiences and has helped to organize and direct 9 study abroad programs located in Berlin (her favorite city), Cuxhaven and Kiel, Germany.

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FST-202

Reading Film

Distinctive ways that film conveys and generates meaning. Tools to critically analyze films by examining the basics of film form, style (mise-en-scene, camera angle and movement, editing, and sound), and genre. The course also will explore the characteristic features of -- as well as alternatives to -- the classical Hollywood style

GRM-110

Elementary German I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structure necessary to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in German. An appreciation of German-speaking culture underlies the orientation of the course.

GRM-120

Elementary German II

Continuation of the skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) developed in German 111, with increased emphasis on vocabulary expansion, idiomatic expression, and cultural differences.

GRM-265

German Language House

Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television helps focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to German society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. German is used for all discussions and written work.

GRM-266

German Language House

Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television help focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to German society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. German is used for all discussions and written work.

GRM-414

Age of Goethe

Introduction to the literature and culture of the classical period in German literary history from 1750 to 1832. Appreciation for the development of great classical writers during an in-depth study of the major works produced in this period.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." (Albert Einstein)

  • "The Generation Gap: The Re-Appropriation of the Red Army Faction in Contemporary German Film" published in Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture edited by Susanne Vees-Gulani and Laurel Cohen-Pfister (Camdon House, 2010).
  • "On Toxic Unions and the Angel of History: The Making of Bernward Vesper in Andres Veiel's Wer Wenn Nicht Wir (2011)" has been accepted for publication in Bernward Vesper: Neueste Forschungen edited by Julian Reidy and Thomas Richter (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013).
  • "Interview mit Andres Veiel über die Entstehungs-und Rezeptionsgeschichte von WER WENN NICHT WIR (2011)" has been accepted for publication in Bernward Vesper: Neueste Forschungen edited by Julian Reidy and Thomas Richter (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013).
  • Script and Film Consultant (including screen credit) for Wer Wenn Nicht Wir/ If Not Us, Who? (2011) by Andres Veiel
Education
Ph.D.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A.
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, German Department
B.A. Equivalent
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Certificate in Teaching German as a Foreign Language (DaF)
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Research Semester Fall 2004
Fernsehen Konrad Wolf (HFF), Babelsberg, Germany
Exchange Semester Spring/Summer 2001
AV Medienwissenschaft

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