Helga Druxes

Professor of German
Hollander Hall Rm 254
At Williams since 1987

144 Hollander Hall

Williams College

85 Mission Park Drive

Williamstown, MA 01267



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)


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

Co-editor with Karolin Machtans, projected volume Navid Kermani (contract offered by Peter Lang Oxford for publication 2014).

Co-editor with Patricia Anne Simpson, book project Extreme Cultures: Right-Wing Politics and Popular Media in Europe and North America (to be submitted August 2013), 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. forthcoming with 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 review of: Jonsson, Stefan. Robert Musil and the History of Modern Identity. Modern Fiction Studies, 2002.

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

Resisting Bodies: The Negotiation of Female Agency in Twentieth-century

“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)

The Feminization of Dr. Faustus: Female Identity Quests from Stendhal to Morgner

Queerbeet: An Intermediate German Reader (Peter Lang, 1988)

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