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Gerd Gemünden


Department of German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3511

Office: 330 Dartmouth Hall

Telephone: (603) 646-2491

Fax: (603) 646-1474


Gerd Gemünden is the Sherman Fairchild Professor of the Humanities, and Professor of German Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature. 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), and A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder's American Films (2008 - also published in Austria as Filmemacher mit Akzent: Billy Wilder in Hollywood). His volumes as editor include Wim Wenders: Einstellungen (1993); The Cinema of Wim Wenders (1997); Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections (2002); Dietrich Icon (2007); and Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer (2012); as well as special issues of New German Critique on the director Rainer Werner Fassbinder and on Film and Exile. He serves on the editorial board of New German Critique and Film Criticism and is co-editor (with Johannes von Moltke '89) of the series "Screen Cultures" for Camden House. His most recent book is Continental Strangers: German Exile Cinema, 1933-1951, which was published by Columbia University Press earlier this year (see:

His latest project is a monograph on the Argentine director Lucrecia Martel and her cinema of deceleration, which is under contract for the Contemporary Film Directors series of Illinois University Press.

This spring and summer, Gerd will serve as acting chair of Film and Media Studies.

Click the controller below to hear Professor Gerd Gemünden and Kinohi Nishikawa '01 describe Dartmouth's Berlin programs in a feature that was broadcast on National Public Radio. (6.4MB/QuickTime)

Last Updated: 3/4/14