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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Geschichte Osteuropas

Franziska Fritzsche

Franziska Fritzsche
franziska.fritzsche (at) aol.com



Irene Franziska Fritzsche, born Bautz, married to Peter Fritzsche, one daughter (born in 2004), two sons (born in 2011 and 2016)

Since Dec. 2018 PhD student (Department of History) at the Humboldt University under the direction of Jörg Baberowski as first advisor and Kalle Pihlainen (Turku, Finnland) as second advisor

May 2014 – Nov. 2018 PhD student (Department of German Philology) at the Martin- Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg under the direction of Daniel Fulda (first advisor) and Jörg Baberowski (second advisor)





Dissertation Project: Truth and the Parting of the Ways: Hayden White Reloaded. Fiction and Knowledge between Historiography and Literary Criticism.


Situated at the intersection of history and literary studies, this dissertation project explores the fundamental problem of fact and fiction which Hayden White first formulated and the ways in which the definitions of fact and fiction have been used to create particular disciplinary theories of knowledge.   Facts and fictions constitute a theoretical matrix    that has to be considered from the perspectives of both disciplines, although authoritative handbooks in neither field have as yet considered it in a comprehensive manner.  The  basic premise of my argument is that theoretical collaboration between history and literary studies has been posssible only in a sporadic way and has rarely realized  common results. Historians have been assigned the facts and literary studies the fictions. But a definition of fictionality implies a definition of factuality. Even so, historians and literary scholars hardly talk to each other, and even in its analysis of fiction works, literary studies has until now not provided an accepted definition of what constitutes fiction and how such a definition necessarily relates to theories of knowledge.

The project’s overall approach is metatheoretical and employs a discourse and text analytical methodology. It takes up the following closely examined case studies: literary studies’ discourse about fiction and fictionality and about the novelist David Foster  Wallace; and historical studies’ discourse about the Holocaust and about the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era.