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University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
2006-2013 PhD, German Studies (Art History/Comparative Literature minor)
2004-2006 Master of Arts, German Studies (May 2006)
2003-2004 Universität Hamburg (Fulbright Fellow)
2000-2003 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in German and International Studies (June 2003)
Other Experience Abroad:
2012 Universität Bonn (Sommerakademie "Zeit und Literatur")
2006-07, 10, 11 Akademie der Künste, Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv, Berlin (DAAD Fellow)
2003-04 English Language Teacher, Hansa-Gymnasium Bergedorf, Hamburg
2002 Study Abroad, Salzburg/Austria
“Framing Brecht: Photography and Experiment in the Modellbücher, Arbeitsjournale, and Kriegsfibel” (Advisor: Marc Silberman)
Theater is not just a visual art form but also a performative and interactive one. Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) developed an innovative theater aesthetic that engaged in distinct ways with visual imagery—especially photographs. These images were vital to both the performance aspect and dramaturgical reception of his craft. Photographs figure significantly in his prose and poetry as well as his essayistic work. While scholars have devoted attention to Brecht’s contribution to film, radio, and his work in other experimental media, few have addressed the fundamental questions I investigate: How does Brecht employ photography to expose and critique social relations? How did his engagement with the photographic medium differ from that of his contemporaries? This study 1) investigates how photography and mixed-genre experimentation impact his conception of the epic theater, especially in the Modellbücher (model books of the play productions in collaboration with Ruth Berlau and others at the Berliner Ensemble); 2) examines Brecht’s engagement with photography, looking at how the image-texts interrelate in his Kriegsfibel photograms and autographic entries in the Arbeitsjournale; 3) locates instances in the corpus of textual and visual materials relating to his thoughts on and artistic production with images. This study argues for a visual approach to Brecht’s work, providing new insight into his dramatic theories (Gestus, Verfremdungseffekt), theatrical praxis, and his contributions to visual historiography. Brecht developed techniques to redefine how we “read” mass media images in order to expose contradictions and re-function history.
Research Interests: 18th-21st century literature and culture
Performance Studies, and Drama Pedagogy
Visual Culture Studies, Media Theory and History (photography, film, architecture)
I. Peer-reviewed Articles, Chapters
4. "(Re)Building the Engaged Spectator: The Katzgraben Programmhefte of the Berliner Ensemble, 1953/1972." Brecht Yearbook 39 (2015).
3. "Slatan Dudow's Wie der Arbeiter wohnt." German Cinema: A Critical Filmography to 1945. Eds. Todd Herzog and Todd Heidt
(Montreal: Caboose, 2015). [chapter forthcoming]
2. “History and the Challenge of Photography in Bertolt Brecht’s Kriegsfibel.” Radical History Review 106 (Winter 2010): 27-45.
[Also appears in: War Primer 2]
1. “Brecht’s ‘Fischweiber’: Crossroads of Criticism and Transformation.” Brecht Yearbook 34 (2009): 226-241.
II. Translation Work
2. Hölbl, Günther. "Ptolemy," "Philae," "Kom Ombo," "Esna," "Dendera," and "Birth House." Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Ed. Eric Orlin. New York: Cambridge University Press. [forthcoming]
1. Brecht, Bertolt. Brecht on Theatre. Eds. Marc Silberman, Steve Giles, and Tom Kuhn. Bloomsbury: London/New York, 2014.
“The Progressiveness of the Stanislavsky System”
“On the Art of Spectatorship”
“Maintaining Gestures over Multiple Generations”
“What Makes an Actor”
“The Attitude of the Rehearsal Director (in the Inductive Process)”
“About Our Stagings”
“Stanislavsky Studies ”
“A Few Thoughts on the Stanislavsky Conference”
III. Book Reviews, Performance Reviews, Interviews
9. Magilow, Daniel. The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany. University Park: Pennsylvania State U Press, 2012.
[H-Net German, 2015]
8. Zervigón, Andrés Mario. John Heartfield and the Agitated Image: Photography, Persuasion, and the Rise of Avant-Garde Photomontage. Chicago: U Chicago Press, 2012.
[H-Net German, 2014]
7. "To Pea or Not to Pea. Büchner's Woyzeck in Madison." Communications of the International Brecht Society 42 (2013): 133-143.
6. Hillenbach, Anne-Kathrin. Literatur und Fotografie. Analysen eines intermedialen Verhältnisses. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012.
[Monatshefte 105:3 (Fall 2013): 536-538.]
5. Zinn, Andreas. Bildersturmspiele. Intermedialität im Werk Bertolt Brechts. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2011.
[Monatshefte 105:1 (Spring 2013): 163-165.]
4. “Shell, Shell, Shell! Archer/Morley tackle Brecht/Weill, Weimar cabaret, and Big Oil (among others)." Communications of the
International Brecht Society 39 (2010): 73-76.
3. Gillett, Robert and Godela Weiss-Sussex, eds. "Verwisch die Spuren!" Bertolt Brecht's Work and Legacy: A Reassessment.
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008.
[Monatshefte 102:1 (Spring 2010): 109-111.]
2. Kaynar, Gad and Linda Ben-Zvi, eds. Bertolt Brecht: Performance and Philosophy. Tel Aviv: Assaph Books, 2005.
[Brecht Yearbook 34 (2009): 275-279.]
1. “Brecht and Asia: A Bibliography” in Electronic Communications of the International Brecht Society
[ECIBS 38 2009] <http://www.ecibs.org>
I. University of Puget Sound
German 470: Humor, Culture, Society (senior capstone seminar)
German 305: German Cinema
German 304: German Cultural History and Politics (19th cent. - today)
German 303: German Mentalities (contemporary culture, adv. conversation)
German 202: Fourth-Semester German
German 201: Third-Semester German
German 102: Second-Semester German
German 101: First-Semester German
German 305: 20th/21st Century Literature (teaching practicum)
German 249: Intermediate German–Speaking & Listening (third-year level)
German 258: Intermediate German–Reading (third-year level)
German 272: Nazi Culture (course assistant, Professor Jost Hermand)
German 204: Fourth-Semester German, Head Teaching Assistant
Mini-Seminar Course: "Art in the Third Reich"
German 203: Third-Semester German
Mini-Seminar Course: "German Expressionism"
German 102: Second-Semester German, Head Teaching Assistant
German 101: First-Semester German
English Language Teacher: English Department, Hansa-Gymnasium Bergedorf, Hamburg, Germany
Research and Professional Experience
2012 Program Assistant, Center for Early Modern Studies, UW-Madison
Director: Sabine Mödersheim
2011-2013 Project and Research Assistant, William F. Vilas Research Professor Emeritus Jost Hermand
Department of German, UW-Madison
Culture in Dark Times: Nazi Fascism, Inner Emigration, Exile (New York: Berghahn, 2012).
Verlorene Illusionen. Eine Geschichte des deutschen Nationalismus (Köln: Böhlau, 2012).
Deutsche Geheimgesellschaften. Herausgegeben von Jost Hermand und Sabine Mödersheim (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013).
Unerfüllte Hoffnungen. Rückblicke auf die Literatur der DDR (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013).
Freunde, Promis, Kontrahenten. Politbiographische Momentaufnahmen (Köln: Böhlau, 2013).
2007-2009, 2011 Editorial Assistant
Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur
Oldest continuing journal of German studies in the US
Department of German, UW-Madison and University of Wisconsin Press
Editors: Hans Adler and Sabine Gross
2007 Production Team (sound engineering, props, technical assistance)
Department of German Play: "Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung" (Ödön von Horváth)
Regie: Manfred Roth (Frankfurt/Main)
2006-2010 Moderator, International Brecht Society listserve
2005-2009 Researcher / Bibliographer, UW-Madison Digital Collections Library and Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv, Berlin
“Brecht’s Works in English: A Bibliography”
2,600+ bibliographic records (2009)
2005-2010 Website Manager, International Brecht Society
2002 Intern / Translator, Gesellschaft für Ornithologie und
Naturschutz Rheinland-Pfalz e.V., Steiningen, Germany
2002-2003 German Language Tutor, Ohio University
Language Proficiency: English (native speaker)
German (near-native; ACTFL "Superior" rating)
French (basic reading knowledge)
Fellowships, Honors, Awards, and Grants
2014 Discretionary Fund Grant, Office of the Academic Vice President, University of Puget Sound
2013 Recipient, Graduate Student Competition, Women in German
2013 Vilas Conference Grant, Graduate School, UW-Madison (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
2012-present DAAD Research Ambassador
2012 Vilas Conference Grant, Graduate School, UW-Madison (New York)
2011 Graduate Research Grant, Graduate School, UW-Madison (Berlin, Augsburg)
2010 DAAD Research Fellow, Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv / Akademie der Künste (Berlin)
2009 Vilas Travel Grant, Graduate School, UW-Madison (Berlin)
2008 Research Travel Grant, Center for German and European Studies (CGES), UW-Madison (Berlin)
2007 Research Collaborative Fellow, DAAD / Center for German and European Studies, UW-Madison
2003 Fulbright Fellow, Hamburg, Germany. Institute for International Education (IIE), USA,
and Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), Germany
2004-2012 Graduate Assistantship, Department of German, UW-Madison
2003 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) German Language Evaluation
Result: “Superior” rating
Conference Participation, Workshops, and Invited Talks
January 2015 Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver BC, Canada
Panel co-organizer and respondent: "Brecht, Protest, Youth"
Nov 2014 AATG/ACTFL Conference, San Antonio, TX
Paper: "Show and Tell: Performing Epic Theatre in the German Language Classroom"
February 2014 Asia and the Pacific in German Culture, Honolulu, Hawai'i
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Paper: “Enemy Aliens? Brecht and the Japanese Minority in the US”
January 2014 Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago
Panel co-organizer and respondent: "Fifty Shades of Brecht: Vulnerability vs. Autonomy
Among Brecht’s Female Collaborators" (with Women in German)
September 2013 Washington Association of Teachers of German Fall Workshop, Snoqualmie, WA
May 2013 International Brecht Society 14th Symposium, Porto Alegre, Brazil
The Creative Spectator: Collision and Dialogue
Paper: "Engaged Spectator, Active Citizen: Looking to the Programmhefte of the Berliner Ensemble" [schedule here]
Workshop participant: Zuschauer als Masse und Individuum / Spectators as Masses and Individuals
February 2013 Department of German
Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Paper: "Berlin after the Wall: Contemporary Representations and Literary Spaces" (Invited Talk)
Jan 2013 Department of German and Russian
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Paper: "The Brown Brew of History: Architecture, Topography, and German Identity" (Invited Talk)
Oct/Nov 2012 DAAD Workshops for Graduate Funding, UW-Madison
The Research Landscape in Germany
Departments of Art History, Sociology, German
July 2012 Sommerakademie der Universität Bonn, Germany
Literatur und Zeit
Paper: "'Grenzen einhalten, Grenzen überschreiten': Zeit und Historiographie in Brechts Arbeitsjournalen"
April 2012 University of Rochester, New York
Paper: “Breaking the Mirror: Brecht’s Problem with Mimesis”
March 2012 Humboldt-Kolleg, Madison, Wisconsin
Deutsche Geheimgesellschaften / German Secret Societies
Conference support and reader: “Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa: Secret Societies and the Beginnings of the
German Workers’ Movement” (author: Carol Poore, Brown University)
January 2012 Modern Language Association Convention, Seattle
Panel co-organizer and moderator: "Multi-mediated Brecht" (with International Brecht Society)
September 2010 Hella Mears Graduate Forum, Center for German and European Studies
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panel: "Crafting a Dissertation in the Humanities" and dissertation presentation (Invited Talk)
May 2010 International Brecht Society 13th Symposium, Honolulu, Hawai'i
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Brecht and/in Asia
Panel organizer: "Asian Theatre and the Lehrstück"
February 2010 Brecht-Tage 2010: Berlin, Germany
Bild und Bildkünste bei Brecht
Panel: "Alles schon gesagt?" Junge WissenschaftlerInnen diskutieren Ansätze und Perspektiven für die
Auseinandersetzung mit dem Werk Brechts
Panel discussion with PhD candidates and their work on Brecht
Paper: "Framing Brecht: Fotografie und Experiment in seinen Werken"
December 2009 Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Panel: "Post-Communist Brecht"
Paper: "'Die Wahrheit ist konkret' or 'Verdunkelung der Tatbestände'? Brecht and Images of War in
November 2009 Graduate Research Colloquium, Department of German, UW-Madison
Dissertation research presentation: Brecht's Model Books
June 2009 Center for European Studies, UW-Madison, Summer Teacher Workshop:
Looking Forward, Looking Back: Causes and Consequences of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Invited Talk)
Panel organizer and speaker
Paper: "Architectural and Identity Debates in Berlin after the Wall"
March 2009 Department of German, UW-Madison
Regionalism and Borders
Panel moderator: "Boundaries in the Classroom"
March 2008 Department of German, UW-Madison
Conference co-organizer and panel moderator: "Collapse and Regeneration"
March 2007 Department of German, UW-Madison
Translation, Transfer, Transformation
Paper: “Brecht’s 'Fischweiber': Crossroads of Criticism and Transformation”
March 2006 Department of German, UW-Madison
Voices Throughout the Ages
Paper: “You Are Now Leaving the German Sector: Finding Germany in the New Berlin”
March 2005 Alumni Keynote Address, Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society, Ohio University (Invited Talk)
Departmental and University Service
I. Professional Memberships and Affiliations
German Studies Association
Women in German
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
International Brecht Society
American Association of Teachers of German
Modern Language Association
Delta Phi Alpha, National German Honor Society
II. Department of German Studies, Puget Sound
GERM 470 Humor, Culture, Society
Guest Lecture/Discussion: Epic Theatre Methods and Practices (course: "Theatre History II")Organizer: guest campus visit and screening: Alles was wir wollen with dir. Beatrice Möller, German Studies/Gender Studies (March 2014)
Co-organizer: Stammtisch, Kaffeestunde, Film series
Organizer: German excursion weekend for undergraduates (Leavenworth, WA)
Coordinator: second-year German program (201, 202)
Coordinator: first-year German program (101, 102)
Faculty Supervisor: teaching practicum in German (101, 102)
III. Department of German, UW-Madison
Organizer: Graduate Literature Research Colloquium Series
Member: Lectures and Roundtables committee (department Kaffeestunde)
Member: Graduate Program committee (graduate policy)
DOCh ("Deutscher Online Chat" program for undergraduates)
Co-President: German and Dutch Graduate Student Association
Graduate Student Mentor (incoming graduate students)
Member: Course Scheduling committee
IV. Research Groups, UW-Madison
Member: Translation and Transformation: Transfer Processes across Languages, Media, and Cultures (Center for the Humanities)
Member: Visual Cultures Graduate Student Focus Group (Center for Visual Culture)
V. Community Service
Sound Ensemble Wisconsin
ACT Ride volunteer, Wisconsin
Madison Area Community Supported Agricultural Coalition, Wisconsin
Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
Monday Creek Restoration Project, Ohio
Council of International Programs USA, Ohio
Take a listen to some songs from my former bluegrass/folk band here and here.
Last update: December 2014