After earning her first B.A. in interior architectural design in Stuttgart and Ahmedabad and working as an editor, Manuela studied German literature and art history/image theory studies (Bildwissenschaften) in Freiburg and Basel. Her M.A. thesis explores the material poetics (Verfahrenspoetik) of W.G. Sebald and conjoins narratology and visual theory. She joined NYU’s Department of German in 2020, pursuing a doctoral project that takes on questions of intermediality in poetry focusing on the digital sphere. Manuela has worked for the Goethe Institut Chicago, and she was a research scholar in residence at Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, and a Max Kade Fellow at Colgate University where she taught German and new tendencies in German contemporary poetry. Her research interests range from the 19th to 21st century, and include poetry and poetics, interrelationships between literature and visual art, visual studies, media and film studies, psychoanalysis and political theory.