Helga Druxes

Professor of German
email
413-597-3316
Hollander Hall Rm 254
At Williams since 1987

Education

B.A. Westfalische Wilhelms University (1982)
M.A. Brown University, Comparative Literature (1985)
Ph.D. Brown University, Comparative Literature (1987)

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th century novel
  • Post 1945 German literature
  • Feminist theory (French, German)
  • Immigration and nationalisms (German, French)
  • Colonialist fiction (British, French)
  • Teaching with multimedia (in language and culture courses)

Courses

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

GERM 104(S)

Intermediate German II

GERM 120(S)

Turbodeutsch: Accelerated Elementary German

GERM 201(F)

Reisefieber: Germans On the Road for Adventure, Wealth, Escape

GERM 202

Berlin--Multicultural Metropolis Between East and West

COMP 243 / WGSS 252

Modern Women Writers and the City

GERM 304 T / WGSS 304

Rebels and Conformists: Postwar Germany from The 'Economic Miracle' to the Fall of the Wall

COMP 308 / WGSS 309

Everyday Life in Literature and Film

GERM 316

"Wer ist wir?": Recent Debates over Multiculture in Germany

COMP 341 / WGSS 341(F)

Cinematic Representations of Work and Migration after the Wall

Scholarship/Creative Work

Book chapter: “‘Leaning In’: The Career Woman as Instrument of Neoliberal Critique in Contemporary German Film,” Elizabeth Krimmer and Patricia Simpson, eds. Female Leadership (contract offered Camden House, forthcoming spring 2018).

Article “Approaching closer does not mean arriving”: Transgenerational Holocaust Memory in Anne Weber’s Ahnen and Esther Kinsky’s Am Fluß”, accepted with revisions, Women in German Yearbook, Winter 2017.

Book review: Jennifer Creech, Mothers, Comrades, and Outcasts in East German Women’s Film, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, Vol. 1, No.1, 84-85 (spring 2017).

Book Review: Ruth Wodak, The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean (London: Sage, 2015) Discourse and Society, July 28 (4), 2017.

Co-editor with Patricia Anne Simpson, special issue on Pegida, German Politics and Society
“‘Montag ist wieder PEGIDA-Tag!’: PEGIDA’s Media Strategies” PEGIDA , special issue, German Politics and Society, winter 2016.

Co-editor with Karolin Machtans and Alexandar Mihailovic, Navid Kermani (Peter Lang Oxford, 2016).

Co-editor with Patricia Anne Simpson, Digital Media Strategies of the Far Right in Europe and the United States (Lexington Books, 2015), contribution: “Germany’s New Right and their Manipulation of Social Media.”

book chapter: “Political Critique in the Novels of Julia Schoch, Judith Schalansky, Katharina Hacker and Nikola Richter,” 21 Century German Women’s Writing, Alexandra Hill and Hester Baer, eds. Camden House, 2014.

book chapter:  “The Panic Over Motherhood: Transnational Labor Migrants in Films by Ciulei, Kougashvili, and Haneke,” (Trans)national Subjects. Framing Post-1989 Migration on the European Screen,  forthcoming in: Leen Engelen and Kris van Heuckelom, eds. European Cinema After the Wall, Scarecrow Press, 2013.

Article: “Female Body Traffic in Ulrich Seidl’s Film Import/Export and Ursula Biemann’s Remote Sensing and Europlex”, special issue: “Globalization, Literature, Film and the New Economy,” Seminar 47: 4, 2011, 499-519.

Article: “The Migrant’s Body: Publicity and the Abject in Contemporary Documentaries,” in International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, 2011.

book: Resisting Bodies: The Negotiation of Female Agency in Twentieth-Century Women’s Fiction (Wayne State Unviersity Press, 1996)

“Remembering as Revision: Fictionalizing Nazism in Postwar Germany,” MLN 1994

book: The Feminization of Dr. Faustus: Female Identity Quests from Stendhal to Morgner (PennState University Press, 1993)

Textbook: Querbeet: An Intermediate German Reader (Peter Lang, 1988)

Navid Kermani (Contemporary German Writers and Filmmakers)

Resisting Bodies: The Negotiation of Female Agency in Twentieth-century   The Feminization of Dr. Faustus: Female Identity Quests from Stendhal to Morgner

 

 

Professional Affiliations

  • German Studies Association
  • Women in German
  • Modern Language Association
  • Cultural Studies Association
  • Northeastern Modern Language Association

Current Committees

  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies