Research and Publications

Published Work


"Undermining Babel: Victor Trivas' Niemandsland (1931)." The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema. Ed. Christian Rogowski. Rochester, NY: Camden House. 2010. Forthcoming.

“Projections on Blank Space:  Landscape, Nationality and Identity in Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg.”  Revised version, requested for Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg: A Casebook, ed. Hans Rudolf Vaget. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.

“Leni Riefenstahl.”  The Oxford  Encyclopedia of Women in World History.  Ed. Bonnie G. Smith. 
Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. 

“Did German almost become the language of the US?” The Five-Minute Linguist.  Ed. E.M. Rickerson and Barry Hilton (London: Equinox Press, 2006) 170-174.   invited contribution

“'Postcards from the Edge': Education to Tourism in the German Mountain Film.” Light Motives: German Popular Cinema. Ed. Margaret McCarthy and Randall Halle. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003. 61-83.

“Women, Fascism and Film,” Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 2.2 (2001): 73-90.

“Bildung and Desire: Anna Elisabet Weirauch's Der Skorpion.” Queering the Canon: Defying Sights in German Literatures and Culture. Ed. Christopher Lorey and John Plews. Columbia, SC: Camden House,1998. 207-221.

“Primitivism, Femininity and Modern Urban Space: Josephine Baker in Berlin.” Women in the Metropolis: Gender and Modernity in Weimar Culture. Ed. Katharina von Ankum. Weimar and Now 11. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. 145-161.

Published in translation as: "Weiblichkeit-Primitivität-Metropole: Josephine Baker in Berlin.” Frauen in der Großstadt: Herausforderung der Moderne? Ed. and trans. Katharina von Ankum. Dortmund: Edition Ebersbach, 1999. 136-158.

“Between Magic and Medicine: Images of the Woman Healer in Medieval German Literature.” Climbing a Long Hill: Women Healers and Physicians. Ed. Lilian R. Furst. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1997. 43-63.

“Projections on Blank Space: Landscape, Nationality and Identity in Thomas Mann's Der Zauberberg.” The German Quarterly 69.3 (Summer 1996): 305-321.

“Biographies.” “Political Chronology.” The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Ed. Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg. Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism 3. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. 743-63. 765-71.

Currently I am engaged in a book-length study of Josephine Baker entitled"Ultra-Primitive/Ultra-Modern: Josephine Baker and the Racial Imaginary of the Weimar Republic." A beloved icon of Parisian (and Berlin) modernity, Baker's life and legend are ideal entry points for investigating the Weimar fascination with the black body. Not only did Baker serve as an inspiration for numerous artists, but her image and person were fictionalised and parodied in diverse media and cultural venues. For most German audiences, Baker's image and name were readily identifiable and legible indeed, they became a shorthand for a diverse array of discourses that were projected onto the black body.


Conference Presentations

"Undermining Babel: Victor Trivas's Niemandsland (1931)," European Cinema: Experiment, Mainstream and Praxis, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, July 2009.

"Triumph of the Will, Hollywood and an Iconography of Evil," Philological Association of the Carolinas, Myrtle Beach SC, March 2009.

“DiasporAfro:  Teaching Afro-German/Afro-Austrian Identity,” Annual Meeting of the American
Conference of Teachers of Foreign Language, San Antonio, TX, 17 Nov 2007.

 “Der weiße Neger:  Reading the Harlem Renaissance into German-speaking Europe,” Philological Association of the Carolinas, Myrtle Beach SC, 24 March 2007.

African Americans in Germany:  Stories and Images from Between the World Wars,” (sabbatical lecture),  College of Charleston, 26 April 2006.

Bildung zur Mündigkeit.  An African American-German Family Romance Between the Wars,”
Crossovers:  African Americans and Germany, Westphälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, FRG, 22-26 March, 2006.

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (Baumgarten, 2004)” and “Teaching Film in the Classroom,” Keynote, 7th Annual Film Festival, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 7-9 March 2006.

“Ultra-primitive/ultra-modern: Josephine Baker and Berlin,” invited lecture at Symposium on Nazi Berlin, Dartmouth College, 30-31 October 2003.

Niemandsland/No Man's Land: Race and Nation in 1931,” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Charleston, SC, 10 October 2003.

“Madonna and Whore: German Revision of the Europa Myth after the First World War,” Philological Association of the Carolinas, Asheville, NC, 22 March 2002.

Moderne Europa: Racial and Gender Insubordination in Works by Karl Goetz, Werner Peiner, and Philippe Soupault,” Modern Languages Association Meeting, 29 December 2002.

“A Visible Difference: Communication about Culture,” First Annual Charleston Connections: Innovations in Higher Education Conference, The Citadel, 1 June 2001.

“Of Black-face and Ventriloquism: Hans Paasche's Die Forschungsreise des Afrikaners Lukanga Mukara ins innerste Deutschland,” Philological Association of the Carolinas, Charleston, SC, 3 March 2001.

“The Spectator-as Tourist: Reconsidering the Bergfilm,” Southeast Atlantic Modern LanguagesAssociation, Birmingham, AL, 10-12 November 2000.

“Constructing Europe as White: Bruno Frank's Politische Novelle,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 24 April 1999.

“Exorcising the Third Reich: The Aesthetics of Vengeance in Wolfgang Staudte's Die Mörder sind unter uns,” Conference on Violence in Film and Literature, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 29 January 1999.

“Postcards from the Edge: Constructions of German National Identity in the Bergfilm,”Northeast Modern Languages Association, Baltimore, MD, 17 April 1998.

“Black Veils: The Discourse of Exile In Claire Goll's Der Neger Jupiter raubt Europa,” Philological Association of the Carolinas, Spartanburg, SC, 20 March 1998.

“Masque-ing Race: Claire Goll’s Der Neger Jupiter raubt Europa,” invited lecture, German Department, Brown University, April 1997.

“Racial Masquerade and Transnational Critique.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Irvine, CA, November 1996.