Margarete J. Landwehr

  • Professor of Languages
  • M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
  • B.S., Georgetown University

Research Interests

  • Trauma Narrative
  • Postwar and Post-Wall German Literature and Film
  • Fin-de-siecle Viennese Literature
  • Fairy Tales

Classes Regularly Taught

  • All Levels of German Language
  • German Literature and Film
  • Holocaust Studies
  • German Cultural History Courses in German and English Translation
  • Modern German Drama
  • Fin-de-siecle Vienna

Recent Publications/Activities


  • "Liminal Spaces in Fatih Akin's Gegen die Wand/Head on: Orientalism vs. Globalization." Performing Difference: Representations of 'The Other' in Film and Theater. Ed. Jonathan Friedman. University Press of America: New York/Toronto, 2009.
  • "Voyeurism, Violence and the Power of the Media: The Reader's/Spectator's Complicity in Jelinek's The Piano Teacher and Haneke's "La Pianiste," "Cache," and "The White Ribbon"/"Die Weisse Band." International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. June 2011 issue.

Conference Presentations

  • Midwest Modern Language Association: "Violence in the Films of Haneke"
  • ACTFL: (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages): Panel chair and presenter on: Internships and service learning: abroad and domestic


  • CASSDA Grant for travel to and research in the literary archives in Marbach, Germany, for the summer of 2010. The research will be on the literary works and the posthumous papers of W.G. Sebald, a major German prose writer.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Entrepreneurial Grant for the development of a distance education course on German film for high school students.

German Program

German Summer Study Abroad Program in Berlin in 2012 will be directed by Dr. Landwehr. For further information contact Dr. Landwehr.

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