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Claudia Breger

Claudia BregerDepartment Chair
Professor of Germanic Studies
Adjunct Professor of Gender Studies and
Communication and Culture

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Education

2003 Habilitation, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
1996 Ph.D. in German Literature, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
1992 M.A. in German Literature, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Courses

G701 (Graduate Topics in Gender Studies)

  • Cold War Genders – and Beyond
  • Configuring Identity: Intersections of Gender, Sexuality and Race in the Modern German Imagination
  • Negotiating Distanciation and Intensity: Complex Affectscapes in Independent European Cinema

G302 (Issues in Gender Studies)

  • Gender Glocalized: German and European Perspectives
  • Configuring Identity: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in the Modern German Imagination

Research

gender and sexuality in a global 1968My research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century literature, film and culture, with an emphasis on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race, as well as literary, media, and cultural theory. In my most recent book, I probe the relations between aesthetics and politics/culture by intertwining the categories of narrative and performance (An Aesthetics of Narrative Performance: Transnational Theater, Literature and Film in Contemporary Germany. Theory and Interpretation of Narrative Series. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, December 2012).  Previous – German – book publications include a study on (critical, queer, etc.) refigurations of royal imaginaries in 20th-century literature, film, and popular culture (Freiburg/Br.: Rombach, 2004), and one on the genealogy of modern representations of ‘gypsies’ at the intersection of race and gender around 1800 (Köln: Böhlau, 1998). Co-edited volumes have explored questions of empathy and narrative; narratives of life in the biosciences, film and literature; ‘thing’ theory; discourses of reproduction; and theories of the ‘third’ (sex, etc.). In my new project, I am beginning to explore ‘Mixed Feelings’ – and other complexities of affect – in contemporary film.