Thomas Antonic is currently project assistant at the Department of German Studies at Universität Wien and from July 2014 to June 2015 is the Max Kade Fellow at the Department of German at the University of California at Berkeley. His research focuses on transnational and postnational concepts of literature and culture and on German-language experimental and contemporary literature. He is currently working on a book about transnational connections between U.S. beat literature and Austrian literature and culture as well as on a biography of playwright Wolfgang Bauer. He is the editor of Wolfgang Bauer’s Der Geist von San Francisco (2011, with an introduction by Elfriede Jelinek) and the collected works of Joe Berger as well as a writer of fiction; most recently he published the novels joe 9/11 (2014) and Der Bär im Kaninchenfell (2013; in collaboration with Janne Ratia and Tina Raffel).
Harald Friedl is Lektor in the German Department at the University of Kingston upon Hull and assistant at the Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften at the Universität Salzburg. He is also a filmmaker, author, and musician. He is author of many books and articles, has recorded with Thierry Zaboitzeff and Michael Radanovics and the Spring String Quartet, and has directed and produced several films, including Aus der Zeit, So schaut’s aus—G’schichten vom Willi Resetarits, What Happiness Is, and Mein Leben als Apfelbaum. From 2012 to 2014 he was guest professor at California State University, Long Beach. He lives in Vienna and Mitterretzbach.
Nele Hempel-Lamer is professor of German and director of honors at the California State University, Long Beach. Her research explores issues of gender and motherhood in contemporary Austrian feminist writing; she has published articles on Marlene Streeruwitz, Elfriede Jelinek, and Margret [End Page xv] Kreidl. In April 2012, Nele—along with the faculty and graduate students of the German Studies program at csulb—hosted the annual Austrian Studies Association Conference in Long Beach, which highlighted interdisciplinary perspectives on the topic “aeiou—Global Austria.”
Dagmar C. G. Lorenz is professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and Austrian literature, German-Jewish writing, and Holocaust literature and film. From 1997 to 2003 she was editor of The German Quarterly. Her book publications include Konzeption Osteuropa. Der “Osten” als Konstruktion der Fremd-und Eigenbestimmung in deutschsprachigen Texten des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts (coeditor Ingrid Spoerk, 2011), Keepers of the Motherland: German Texts by Jewish Women Writers (1997), and Verfolgung bis zum Massenmord. Diskurse zum Holocaust in deutscher Sprache (1992). She has edited and coedited From Fin-de-Siecle to Theresienstadt: The Works and Life of the Writer Elsa Porges-Bernstein (2007), A Companion to the Works of Elias Canetti (2004), A Companion to the Works of Arthur Schnitzler (2003), Contemporary Jewish Writing in Austria (1999), Transforming the Center, Eroding the Margins (1998), and Insiders and Outsiders. Jewish and Gentile Culture in Germany and Austria (1994).
Curtis Maughan received his ma in German Studies from California State University, Long Beach in 2012 and is currently a PhD candidate and teaching associate in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University. In 2011 Curtis lived and taught in Vienna on a Fulbright Teaching Exchange Scholarship, through which he met and worked with the director Harald Friedl. In Heinrich von Kleist: Artistic and Political Legacies (2013), Curtis coauthored the chapter titled “Like No Other? Thomas Mann and Kleist’s Novellas.” Curtis’s research interests include the political writings of Thomas Mann, the journalistic works of Joseph Roth, and the intersection of the written word and the moving image.
Barbara Neuwirth studied ethnology and history at Universität Wien. She works at the Wiener Frauenverlag/Milena Verlag, where she has edited numerous scholarly volumes. She has been writer in residence in the United States three times (1996, 2001, and 2003). She is the author of thirteen books, and her theatrical writings have been staged many times since 2003. She frequently [End Page xvi] collaborates with dancers and visual artists. She has received numerous awards, including the Anton Wildgans-Preis (2005) and the Förderpreis für...