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Annexation Effects: Cultural Appropriation and the Politics of Place in Czech-German Films, 1930-1945
The dissertation maps various points of cultural transfer in Czech-German films of the 1930s and 1940s. Specifically, it examines the representation and performance of ethnicity and the layered connections between geographic space, national identity, and mass culture. My work illustrates that Nazi cinema's appropriation of ...
<italic>Die Boten des Unglücks</italic>: Verortung der Sprache der Flüchtlinge im Werk von Jakob Wassermann, Franz Kafka, Emine Özdamar und Herta Müller
"Messengers of Ill Tidings: Situating the Speech of Refugees in the work of Jakob Wassermann, Franz Kafka, Emine Özdamar and Herta Müller"; draws on a line from a poem by Bertolt Brecht, <italic>Landscapes of Exile</italic>, in which he describes the plight of the refugee. Likewise, Hannah Arendt reminds us that "a messenger's ...
Veränderte Umwelt: Neue Leseweisen im Anthropozän
My dissertation, titled "Veränderte Umwelt: Neue Leseweisen im Anthropozän" ("Altered Environments: New Readings in the Anthropocene"), explores the role imagination plays in coming to terms with the Anthropocene, the new geophysical era that we are now living in. In this new era, as a number of scholars in both natural ...
Pure Violence on the Stage of Exception: Representations of Revolutions in Georg Büchner, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Heiner Müller, and Elfriede Jelinek
This dissertation examines pertinent issues of today's terrorism debate in frequently overlooked earlier representations of revolutionary and state violence. At the center of this debate is the state of exception through which the sovereign legitimizes the juridical order by suspending preexisting civil laws. As recent ...