Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature
330 Dartmouth Hall
Telephone (603) 646-2491
Gerd Gemünden, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, chaired the department from 2002-08. He studied German, English and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon (Ph.D. 1988). His specialties include Critical Theory and cultural studies, 20th Century German literature, and the history and theory of German cinema. He is the author of Die hermeneutische Wende: Disziplin und Sprachlosigkeit nach 1800 (1990); Framed Visions: Popular Culture, Americanization, and the Contemporary German and Austrian Imagination (1998). His volumes as editor include Wim Wenders: Einstellungen (1993); The Cinema of Wim Wenders (1997); Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections (2002); and Dietrich Icon (2007); as well as special issues of New German Critique on the director Rainer Werner Fassbinder and on Film and Exile. His most recent book is A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder's American Film (published in Austria as Filmemacher mit Akzent: Billy Wilder in Hollywood). He is currently working on a study of German exiles and émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1948, and preparing an international conference on Siegfried Kracauer, to take place at Dartmouth in the fall of 2008.
Last Updated: 3/2/09