Cultural Studies Adjunct: Claudia Breger
I teach and research 20th- and 21st century literature, film and culture, with a particular emphasis on (the interrelations of) gender, sexuality, and ethncity/race, as well as literary, media, and cultural theory. I received my Ph.D. and also Habilitation from Humboldt University (Berlin) and taught in Munich and Paderborn before relocating to the U.S. in 2002. I am currently working on a book project that addresses intersections of performance and narrative in contemporary, “globalizing” German culture. My previous books include an analysis of ambivalent, ‘beheaded’ figurations of royal power in modern culture (Szenarien kopfloser Herrschaft - Performanzen gespenstischer Macht. Königsfiguren in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und Kultur des 20. Jahrhunderts; Freiburg im Breisgau: Rombach) and a study of the genealogy of modern concepts of race in literary and ethnographic representions of ‘gypsies’ around 1800 (Ortlosigkeit des Fremden. “Zigeunerinnen” und “Zigeuner” in der deutschsprachigen Literatur um 1800. Cologne: Böhlau, 1998).