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Julia K. Baker is Assistant Professor of German at Tennessee Technology University, Cookeville, TN. She was born 1973 in Austria. She studied German, English, American Literature, and Linguistics in Austria, Australia, the USA and the United Kingdom. She received her PhD in German Studies with a dissertation entitled “The Return of the Child Exile: Re-enactment of Childhood Trauma in Jewish Life-Writing and Documentary Film” at the University of Cincinnati.

Esther K. Bauer is Assistant Professor of German at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She holds a PhD in German literature from Yale University, and has received grants and fellowships from the DAAD, the Whiting Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Exchange, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on questions of subjectivity, gender, desire, and visualizations of bodies in German literature and culture since the mid-nineteenth century. Esther Bauer has published and presented on writers Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Vicki Baum, and Judith Hermann, and painters Egon Schiele, Otto Dix, and Christian Schad.

Helen Cafferty, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of German and Humanities, came to Bowdoin in 1972 at the dawn of co-education at the college; she is the first female faculty member to go through the ranks from instructor to professor and is the longest serving female faculty member at the college. She taught the first course in Women’s Studies offered in the regular curriculum by a department, the first course in Eastern European Studies on East German literature, and co-taught the first course on gender and film at Bowdoin. From 1989–91, she served as co-editor of the Women in German Yearbook. Her present research interests include continuities and discontinuities between pre- and post-unification Eastern German culture, post-unification cinema and popular film, Berlin culture and film, and Gender Studies. [End Page 252]

Jeanette Clausen is Professor of German and Chair of the Department of International and Second Language Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to joining UALR, she was a faculty member in Modern Foreign Languages and Women’s Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she also held a series of administrative posts. Her most recent publication is an article on integrating service into an institutional framework on faculty roles and rewards. She is the translator of Irmtraud Morgner, The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice as Chronicled by her Minstrel Laura: A Novel in Thirteen Books and Seven Intermezzos (2000).

Jennifer Creech received her PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006, and is currently Assistant Professor of German at the University of Rochester. Her research and teaching interests include late-twentieth-century German literature, film, and culture; cinema studies; Marxist and feminist theories. She has published and presented on East German, Austrian and post-Wende cinema. Jennifer Creech’s current research explores the critical impulses in East German women’s films, and the revolutionary and reactionary aspects of post-Wende representations of the East.

Sara Friedrichsmeyer, co-editor of Women in German Yearbook from 1990–98, is the author of The Androgyne in Early German Romanticism and co-editor of the volumes The Enlightenment and its Legacy (with Barbara Becker-Cantarino) and The Imperialist Imagination (with Sara Lennox and Susanne Zantop). With a research focus on Romanticism and the twentieth century, she has written on such figures as Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, Achim von Arnim, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Christa Wolf, Christoph Hein, and W. G. Sebald, as well as on a variety of professional issues. Her current research project involves the relationship between humans and animals in German literature and culture.

Katharina Gerstenberger is Professor of German and department head at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Truth to Tell: German Women’s Autobiographies and Turn-of-the-Century Culture (2000) and Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature (2008). She has published articles on the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger, the German-Turkish writer Zafer Şenocak, and contemporary Berlin literature. Her work...


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