Gail Newman

Director of Arabic Studies and Harold J. Henry Professor of German
email
413-597-2378
Hollander Hall Rm 318
At Williams since 1983

Education

B.A. Northwestern University (1976)
M.A. University of Minnesota (1981)
Ph.D. University of Minnesota (1984)

Areas of Expertise

German Literature and Culture 1770-1830
Psychoanalytic Theory
Turn-of-the Century and Twentieth-Century Austria

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

GERM 101(F)

Elementary German

COMP 111 / ENGL 120(F)

The Nature of Narrative

GERM 202 / INST 202

Vienna 1900-2000 and Beyond

GERM 271 / COMP 271

From Kleist to Kafka

GERM 277 / COMP 277

Dangerous Minds/Endangered Minds in the German Tradition

GERM 306 T / COMP 314

Enlightenment and its Discontents

GERM 323 T / COMP 323

Reason, Unreason and Anti-Reason from the Enlightenment to the Third Reich

GERM 331 T / COMP 347

Silence, Loss and (Non)Memory in Twentieth-Century Austria

COMP 340 / ENGL 363

Literature and Psychoanalysis

Scholarship/Creative Work

“Pregnancy, Thirdness and the Aesthetics of Catastrophe in Heinrich von Kleist.” Forthcoming in Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

“Guter Hoffnung? Pregnancy and Narrative in Two Romantic Märchen.” Women in German Yearbook 26 (2010). 30-53.

Using the Object in the Classroom,” Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (Fall 2008)

“Communicating and Not Communicating the `Eternal Feminine’ in Goethe’s Faust II and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.” Creativity Seminar of the Erikson Institute, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts (Summer 2005)

“Das poetische Subjekt, der ‘intermediäre Raum’, und die Ästhetisierung der Frau.” In Novalis. Poesie und Poetik. Ed. Herbert Uerlings.(Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2004).

“Secrets and Substitutions: The Dialectic of Enlightenment Adoption in Lessing’s Nathan der Weise and Kleist’s “Der Findling.” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Fall 2004)

“Telling Conditions: Pregnancy and Narrative in Heinrich von Kleist’s `Marquise of O…’.” Friday Night Lecture Series of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, February 2003

“Narrating the Asymbolic Subject in Hoffman’s Der Sandmann” (Seminar, 1997)

Locating the Romantic Subject: Novalis with Winnicott (Wayne State University Press, 1997)

“Family Violence in Kleist’s Der Findling” (Colloquia Germanica, 1996)

Research in Progress

“Rendering Psychotic Speech”
“Shifting Subjectivities in Heinrich von Kleist and Gerhard Roth

Other Posts

Director, Urban Scholars program, 1996-present
Director, Multicultural Center, 2001- 2002
Director, Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Program, 2000 – 2007. Faculty member in the Program, 2011-