"I am currently working on a book project, "Inscriptions and Rebellions: The Female Body in Representations of the GDR from the 1960s to the Present." Here, I develop a theory about the political and aesthetic significance of the proliferation of diseased female bodies. These "othered" bodies serve to portray the GDR in GDR and post-unification film and literature - both fantastic, and realist. Combining an analysis of the texts' aesthetics with a consideration of the authors' politics, my book reveals how metaphors of suffering can buttress the GDR narrative that legitimizes communist power through the discourse of antifascism. Moreover, it demonstrates the subversive dimension of fantastic literature as it developed in the GDR in the 1970s, and discloses the extent to which writers of the younger generation are rooted in an East German literary tradition."
Years at Knox: 2007 to present
M.A., Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 1994.
M.A., University of Arizona, 2003.
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2007.
19th to 21st century German literature, literature and film of the "Wende" and unification, GDR literature and cinema, transnational literature, women's writing, post-1945 film, cultural studies, queer theory, feminist theory.
Elmer O. Wooley Award for Excellence in Graduate Study and Teaching, 2006.
Max Kade Fellowship, Indiana University and Max Kade Foundation, 2003-2004.
"Katrin Schmidt, Du stirbst nicht (2009)." New German Writers of the Twentieth-First Century. Eds. Lyn Marven and Stuart Taberner. Camden House. (Forthcoming Summer 2011.)
Peer review, "Transnational Terrorism, War, and Violence: Globalization and Transborder Exchanges in Juli Zeh's Spieltrieb (2004)." Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies. 47:3. Special Issue: Globalization, Literature, Film, and the New Economy. Eds. Sabine von Dirke and David Coury. (Forthcoming September 2011.)
"'Das Mittelalter ist keine Epoche. Mittelalter ist der Name der menschlichen Natur.' - Aufstörung, Verstörung und Entstörung in Juli Zehs Corpus Delicti." Perturbationen oder Das „Prinzip Störung" in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Eds. Norman Ächtler and Carsten Gansel. Verlag Winter. (Forthcoming 2011.)
"Die frohe Botschaft der Kathrin Schmidt? - Transsexuality, Racism, and Feminist Historiography in Die Gunnar-Lennefsen-Expedition (1998)." Ireland's German Studies Yearbook 2010. Germanistik in Ireland. Yearbook of the Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland, Vol. 5 2010. Special Issue: Sexual-Textual Border-Crossings: Lesbian Identity in German-Language Literature, Film, and Culture (2010): 143-158.
"Committed from head to toe?": Cancer, Immigration, and Kinship in Verena Stefan's Fremdschläfer (2007)." Women in German Yearbook 26 (2010): 225-245.
"Orientalisierung der DDR?: Spuren von DDR-Literatur und antifaschistischer Tradition in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde." In: NachBilder der Wende. Eds. Inge Stephan and Alexandra Tacke. Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau-Verlag, 2008.
Peer review, "Lost in Transition: 'Unfinished Women,' Insanity, and Deviant Bodies as Locus of Memory in the No Man's Land of Thomas Brussig’s Wie es leuchtet." Glossen 26, December 2007.
"The Romantic Artist on the Couch: A Freudian Approach to Wackenroder's Musician Berglinger." Romanticism. Comparative Discourses. The Nineteenth Century Series. Edited by Larry H. Peer and Diane Long Hoeveler. Aldershot (UK) and Burlington, VT: Ashgate (2006): 191-202.
Peer review, "'Zungen,' borders, and border-crossings: Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Mutterzunge as an attempt to deal with the effects of globalization?" Focus on German Studies 11 (2004): 15-32.
"(Ver-)störungen: Krankheit, Kontrollverlust und Kommunikationsstörung in Kathrin Schmidts Du stirbst nicht." German Studies Association Annual Conference, Oakland, California, October 2010.
"Erinnerung, Kontinuität und Distanz: Zur Problematik von performativem Bruch und Sehnsucht nach historischer Verankerung in Familienstrukturen am Beispiel von Kathrin Schmidts Romanen." XII. Kongress der IVG: Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik weltweit. Warschau, Poland, August 2010.
"Figurationen der Störung in Juli Zehs Corpus Delicti." Wissenschaftliche Tagung auf Schloss Rauischholzhausen: Perturbationen oder Das "Prinzip Störung" in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften: Hybridisierung, Grenzräume, Figurationen der Störung, July 2010.
"Der Arztroman als Medium des kulturellen Gedächtnisses?: DDR und "Wende" in Kerstin Hensels Lärchenau." German Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2009.
"Aggressive Aspects of Globalization in Juli Zeh's novels." Poster presented at the Women in German Annual Conference, Augusta, Michigan, October 2009.
"Transnational Literature or German Literature?: Juli Zeh's Spieltrieb (2004)." 62nd Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2009.
"Mit Haut und Haarenverschrieben?": Skin as Metaphor in Verena Stefan's Fremdschläfer (2007), Paper, Women in German Annual Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 2008.
"Locating the Global in the Local: Transnational Trends in Juli Zeh's Spieltrieb" (2004), Paper, German Studies Association Annual Conference, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008.
"How German is Contemporary Transnational Literature Written in German? German and Non-German Aesthetic Conventions in Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Work," Kentucky Foreign language conference, Lexington, Kentucky, 2008.
"Memories of the Divided Berlin in Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde." Women in German Annual Conference, Snowbird, Utah, October 2007.
"Of Transsexuals in Transition, Albinos, and the Visually Challenged: Non-normative bodies in Thomas Brussig's Wie es leuchtet." German Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California, October 2007.
"Staging Communities in the Divided Berlin in Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde." Performing Community: Aesthetics and Politics, Violence and Re-mediation, Bloomington, Indiana, September 2007.
"Nostalgia for Narrative? - The significance of the narrator in Juli Zeh's Adler und Engel (2001)."
60th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2007.
"Memory as history in Kathrin Schmidt's Die Gunnar-Lennefsen-Expedition: The subversive powers of non-normative bodies in re-telling history." Women in German Annual Conference, Snowbird, Utah, October 2006.
"Collaborative Feminist Pedagogy in the 21st Century: Broadening the Horizons of Germanic Studies." Poster Presentation with Faye Stewart. Women in German Annual Conference, Snowbird, Utah, October 2006.
"Koks, Kohle und Koma: The Construction of Communities through Drugs, Money and Illnesses in Juli Zeh's Adler und Engel." German Studies Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September/October 2006.
"Bodies that matter? - Magic means of travel, imaginary expeditions, and the construction of fantastic bodies in Kathrin Schmidt's Die Gunnar-Lennefsen-Expedition." 59th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2006.
"Fantastic Bodies on Magic Screens: Kathrin Schmidt's Die Gunnar-Lennefsen-Expedition as an attempt to rewrite history." Department of Germanic Studies Colloquium, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, April 2006.
"Illness as Metaphor? - Healing, Cancer, and Society in Christa Wolf's Work." 34th Annual 20th Century Literature and Culture Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, February 2006.
"The Psychological Aspect of the Colonial Situation in Uwe Timm's Morenga." South-Atlantic MLA Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2005.
"Uncanny Rem(a)inders: Uwe Timm's Gottschalk as a modern Romantic Artist Figure." Conference on Twentieth-Century Romantics: A Century of Reception Assessed, London, England, May 2005.
"The "Kolonialwarenladen" in Northern Germany: The Exotic as Part of Colonial Subjectivity in Uwe Timm's Morenga." 58th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2005.
"Crossing Cultural and Linguistic Boundaries in Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Mutterzunge." 57th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2004.
"Reading Men's Texts on Female Bodies: The Consequences of Male Pedagogy on Women in the 19th Century." Third Graduate Student Conference: Innovation: From Pen to Application, Edmonton, Alberta, March 2004.
"Wackenroder (re-)visited: A Freudian Approach to his Artist Berglinger." International Conference on Romanticism: Romanticism and Its Other Discourses, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 2003.
"Emine Sevgi Özdamar's Mutterzunge - An Attempt to Deal With the Effects of Globalization?" Focus on German Studies Conference: Crossing Borders, Cultures, and Disciplines, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 2003.
"Co-construction of Language in a Commercial English as a Second Language Chatroom and Its Impact on Language Development and Strategic Competence." With Senta Goertler, CALICO Conference, Ottawa, Canada, May 2003.
"Mainstreamed and Pre-mainstreamed College ESL Students: What Is the impact of Chat on their Language Development?" Poster Presentation with Senta Goertler, CALICO Conference, Ottawa, Canada, May 2003.
"Co-construction of Language in a Commercial English as a Second Language Chatroom and Its Impact on Language Development and Strategic Competence." With Senta Goertler, SLAT Interdisciplinary Roundtable, Tucson, Arizona, February 2003.
Organizer, Johnson Lecture 2009/2010 and associated Workshop at Knox College. Three-day visit of Professor Elisabeth Herrmann, University of Alberta; November 2009. (Spring to Fall 2009).
Organizer and Moderator "Teaching the GDR today" at the AATG Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2011.
Co-Panel Organizer and Moderator of Guest-Related Panel (Ulrike Ottinger) "Cinematic Journeys" at the Women in German Annual Conference, Augusta, Michigan, (With Barbara Kosta), 2010.
Moderator "Race, Apes, and Cosmopolitanism: Constructing Difference in the Discourse of Bildung in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, Oakland California, 2010.
Co-Panel Organizer and Commentator "Beyond Nation(s): Negotiating Boundaries and Envisioning New Realms in Transnational Film and Literature" at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C., (With Anna Faye Stewart), 2009.
Co-Panel Organizer and Commentator "Nostalgia for Belonging - Re-definitions of Heimat?" at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, (Two panels organized with Barbara Kosta), 2008.
Co-Panel Organizer and Moderator "Theater and Drama Pedagogy in Second Language Acquisition" at the Women in German Annual Conference, Snowbird, Utah, (With Karin Baumgartner), 2008.
Co-Panel Organizer "The End of the GDR?: Continuities and Discontinuities in Post-unification Germany" at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California, (With Barbara Mabee), 2007.
Co-Organizer, Workshop at the Women in German Annual Conference. Carrollton, KY. "Disabilities in the Classroom." (With Rachel Freudenburg and Almut Spalding), 2004.
Campus & Community Involvement
Off-Campus Program Faculty Advisor for Flensburg, Freiburg, Berlin, Tübingen, Vienna.
Coalition of Women in German, Member of the Steering Committee, 2010-2012.
Reviewer for scholarly journal: SEMINAR.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.