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Helen Cafferty

William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of German and the Humanities Emerita



B.A. Bowling Green State University, 1964
M.A. Syracuse University, 1966
Ph.D. The University of Michigan, 1976

Teaching Areas

Post-1945 and Post-Unification Film, Literature and Culture, East German Literature and Culture, 20th Century, Berlin.

Research Interests

Continuities/discontinuities between pre-and post-unification Eastern German culture, Post-unification cinema and popular film, Berlin film, Post-unification cultural history, Gender Studies.

"Orfeo and Sam: Racial, Sexual, and Ethnic Otherness in Dörrie's Keiner liebt mich (1994) and Sanoussi-Bliss's Zurück auf los (1999). In: Color and Signs of Ethnic Difference 1800, 1900, 2000. Ed. Birgit Tautz. Amsterdam: Rodopi: 2004.

textual responseReview: Ernst Toller und die Weimarer Republik. Ein Autor im Spannungsfeld von Literatur und Politik. Schriften der Ernst-Toller-Gesellschaft. Band 1. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1999. In: Monatshefte. Vol. 95, 2, 2003.

Sonnenallee: Taking Comedy Seriously in Unified Germany, in Textual Responses to German Unification. Ed. Kristie Foell, Carol Anne Costabile Hemming, and Rachel Halverson. Berlin: De Gruyter Verlag, 2001.

Berlin. In Encyclopedia of German Literature. 2 vols. Ed. Matthias Konzett. Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearborn, 2000.

encyclopedia germanReview: The African-German Experience. Ed. Carol Aisha Blackshire-Belay. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1996. In Colloquia Germanica. Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik.Vol. 31, 4. 1999

Review: Post-Fascist Fantasies: Psychoanalysis, History, and the Literature of East Germany. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997. In Modern fiction Studies. Vol. 44. Winter 1998.

What's Feminist About It? Reflections on Collaboration in Writing and Editing, with Jeanette Clausen, in Common Ground: Feminist Collaboration in the Academy. Eds Elizabeth Peck and Joanna Stephens Mink. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.

Review: Gender and German Cinema: Feminist Interventions. Ed. Sandra Frieden, et al. Volume 1. Gender and Representation in New German Cinema. Volume 2. German Film History/German History on Film. Providence/Oxford: Berg, 1993, in The German Quarterly, Vol. 70. 1997.

Epic Theater, in The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature. Ed. Friedericke Eigler and Susanne Kord. Greenwood Press, 1997

women in germanyEditor, Women in German Newsletter.Vols 71-79, 1997-2000. Editor, Women in German Homepage at Bowdoin College: 1997-1999.

Coeditor with Jeanette Clausen. Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies and German Culture. Vol. 5-6 University Press of America. Fall, 1989, Fall 1991. "Who's Afraid of Feminist Theory? A Postscript from the Editors," with Jeanette Clausen, Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies and German Culture, Vol. 5, University Press of America, Fall, 1989.

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