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Irene Kacandes


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

Office: 338 Dartmouth Hall

Telephone: (603) 646-2639

Fax: (603) 646-1474


Irene Kacandes, The Dartmouth Professor of German and Comparative Literature, chaired the Department of German Studies from 2008-2011. She studied at the Free University of Berlin and as a Fulbright Scholar at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. In 1991 she completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Harvard and taught at the University of Texas before coming to Dartmouth in 1994. Her interests in German range from Goethe and Kleist to Grass and Christa Wolf, and she has also published studies on Modern Greek literature. Specializing in narrative theory and 20th-century cultural studies, she has written articles concerning orality and literacy, feminist linguistics, and the Holocaust. In 2001 The University of Nebraska Press issued her Talk Fiction: Literature and the Talk Explosion as part of its "Frontiers of Narrative Series," and in 2009 it published Daddy's War: Greek American Storytelling, Family Memory, and Trauma. A Paramemoir. She is also the co-editor of A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies (1997) and, with Marianne Hirsch, of Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, published by the Modern Language Association in 2004.

Last Updated: 8/16/12