Location: Bowdoin / Jill Suzanne Smith

German

Jill Suzanne Smith

Associate Professor of German

On leave for the 2014-15 academic year.

Contact Information

jsmith5@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3987
German
10 Sills Hall



Spring 2014

  • Berlin: Sin City, Divided City, City of the Future (FILM 1152)
  • Berlin: Sin City, Divided City, City of the Future (GER 1152)
  • Introduction to German Literature and Culture (GER 3308)


Jill Suzanne Smith: Bowdoin College: German

Education

  • Ph.D. , Germanic Studies. Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Ph.D. Minor in Jewish Studies. Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.A. , Germanic Studies. Indiana University, Bloomington
  • B.A., German. Amherst College

Research & Teaching Interests

  • German literature, intellectual history, and culture, 19th & 20th century
  • Gender & sexuality studies
  • German-Jewish Studies: German Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries, literary and artistic representations of the Holocaust
  • Fin-de-Siècle Berlin & Vienna
  • The Weimar Republic: popular fiction, art, and film
  • Language pedagogy, curriculum development, teaching with technology

Curriculum vitae in PDF formpdf »

Book 

Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890-1933 (forthcoming from Cornell University Press, December 2013)

Articles

“Reviving German-Jewish Comedy: Dani Levy’s Family Farce Go for Zucker!” (forthcoming in the peer-reviewed Journal of Modern Jewish Studies) 

“Prostitutes in Weimar Berlin: Moving Beyond the Victim-Whore Dichotomy” in: Beyond Glitter and Doom: The Contingency of the Weimar Republic, Eds. Godela Weiss-Sussex, Jochen Hung, and Geoff Wilkes (Munich: iudicium, 2012) 135-147

 “Just How Naughty was Berlin? The Geography of Prostitution and Female Sexuality in Curt Moreck’s Erotic Travel Guide” in: Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture, Eds. Barbara Mennel & Jaimey Fischer (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010) 53-77

Spatial Turns. Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture.   The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema Rediscovering Germany's Filmic Legacy Edited by Christian Rogowski

"Richard Oswald & the Social Hygiene Film: Promoting Public Health or Promiscuity?" in The Many Faces of Weimar German Cinema, Ed. Christian Rogowski (Rochester: Camden House, 2010) 13-30

“Working Girls: White-Collar Workers and Prostitutes in Late Weimar Fiction” in: The German Quarterly 81.4 (Fall 2008) 449-470

"A Female Old Shatterhand? Colonial Heroes and Heroines in Lydia Höpker's Tales of Southwest Africa" in: Women in German Yearbook 19 (December 2003) 141-158

Translation

Fritz Breithaupt, "Culture of Images: Limitation in Goethe's Wahlverwandtschaften" in: Monatshefte 92.3 (Fall 2000) 302-320

Book Reviews

Schneider, Daniel. Identität und Ordnung. Entwürfe des “Eigenen” und “Fremden” in deutschen Kolonial- und Afrikaromanen von 1889 bis 1952. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2011, in: German Quarterly 85.3 (Summer 2012) 365-366

Jeanette R. Malkin & Freddie Rokem, eds. Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2010, in: German Studies Review 34.3 (October 2011) 720-722

Stephanie Günther. Weiblichkeitsentwürfe des Fin de Siècle Berliner Autorinnen. Alice Berend, Margarete Böhme, Clara Viebig. Bonn: Bouvier, 2007, in: German Studies Review 33.1 (February 2010) 212

David A. Brenner. German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust. Kafka’s kitsch. London: Routledge, 2008, in:German Studies Review (October 2009) 661

Walter Frisch. German Modernism: Music and the Arts, Berkeley: U of CA Press, 2005, in: Studies in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature 33.1 (Winter 2009) 187-189

Christiane Schönfeld, Ed. Commodities of Desire: The Prostitute in Modern German Literature, Rochester: Camden House, 2000, in: Women in German Newsletter (Summer 2002) 12-14

Research in Progress

Article

“From the Balkans to Berlin: Migration, War Trauma, and the Gendering of Justice in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Storm”

Book Project on representations of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s and their aftermath in contemporary German fiction and film

Curriculum vitae in PDF formpdf » 


Invited Lecture, “Berlin’s Institute of Sexual Science in Exile: Ludwig Levy-Lenz in Cairo,” Dartmouth Humanities Institute, “Towards a Global History of Sexual Science, 1850-1950” (Hanover, NH, July 2013)

Critic, “Author-Meets-Critics” panel on Myra Marx Ferree’s book Varieties of Feminism: German Gender Politics in Global Perspective, presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) (Boston, MA, March 2013)

“Sounds of Silence: Reading Gender in Juli Zeh’s Balkan Texts,” presented as part of the series “German Encounters with the Balkans” at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (Milwaukee, WI, October 2012)

“Confronting the Balkans: Cross-National Romance and Courtroom Drama in Nicol Ljubić’s Novel Meeresstille,” presented at the Leeds-Swansea Colloquium “Constructing the Nation in Literature and Film” (Swansea, Wales, July 2012)

 Invited lecture, “Berlin Coquette: Prostitution, New Womanhood, and Desire in the German Capital, 1890-1933,” Colby College (Waterville, ME, March 2012)

 Crisafulli Family Lecture, “Courtroom Drama, Cross-National Romance, and European Crisis in Contemporary German Literature and Film,” Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C., March 2012)

Silver Girls: Sexuality, Prostitution, and Aging in Contemporary German Film,” presented at the annual conference of Women in German (WiG) (Augusta, MI, October 2011)

“Cross-Purposes: EU Politics, War Crimes, and the Gendering of Justice in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Storm,” presented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (Louisville, KY, September 2011)

“From the Balkans to Berlin: Migration, War Trauma, and the Gendering of Justice in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Storm,” presented at the annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) (Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 2011)

“Justice and Gender in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Legal Drama Storm,” presented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (Oakland, CA, October 2010)

“Prostitutes in the Weimar Republic: Moving beyond the Victim-Whore Dichotomy,” presented at the conference “Beyond Glitter and Doom: New Perspectives of the Weimar Republic,” Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London (London, England, October 2010)

Invited lecture and colloquium on “Hygiene Films in the Weimar Republic,” Working Group on Body Studies, University of Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany, April 2010)

“Grappling with Education, Values, and Morals: Sexuality in Contemporary American Society,” presented at the Wannsee Forum, invited lecture for the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation (Berlin, Germany, February 2010)

Brothers & Strangers: Exploring the Comic Family Feud in Dani Levy’s Alles auf Zucker!” presented at the annual conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) (Boston, MA, February 2009)

“Hirschfeld and the Hygiene Film: Promoting Public Health or Pornography?” presented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (St. Paul, MN, October 2008)

“Sexology and Cinema in Weimar Germany: The Case of the Social Hygiene Film Die Prostitution,” presented at the Bowdoin College Faculty Seminar Series (March 2008)

“Magnus Hirschfeld, Richard Oswald, and the Social Hygiene Film: Promoting Public Health or Pornography?” presented at the annual conference of the Modern Language Association (MLA) (Chicago, December 2007)

“Just How Naughty Was Berlin? The City as Whore in Curt Moreck’s Erotic Travel Guide,” presented at the annual conference of Women in German (WiG) (Snowbird Resort, Alta, UT, October 2006)

“On the Threshold of ‘Emancipation:’ Prostitutes and ‘New Women’ in Weimar Berlin, presented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (Pittsburgh, September 2006)

“Working Girls: White-Collar Work and Prostitution in Late Weimar Fiction,” presented at

“Trajectories: The Past and Future of German Studies” (Indiana University, Bloomington, March 2005)

“Power to the Proper People: Prostitution, Respectability, and Male Chauvinism in Turn-of-the-Century Socialist Discourse,” presented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (Milwaukee, October 2005)

“Whore-y Matrimony: The Coupling of Marriage and Prostitution in Weimar German Cinema,” presented at the annual conference of Women in German (WiG) (Carrollton, KY, October 2004)

“The Taming of the Pimp: Reevaluating Gender and Power in Berlin’s Sexual Underworld,” presented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (Washington, D.C., October 2004)

“Self-Conscious Commodities: The Prostitute’s Active Gaze in Wartime and Weimar Visual Culture,” presented at the annual conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) (Pittsburgh, March 2004)

Redlightenment? Of Madams and Moralists in Brecht’s One-Act Farce Lux in Tenebris,” presented at the annual conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA) (Chicago, November 2003)

“Righteous Women and Lost Girls: Analyzing Turn-of-the-Century Progressive Feminist Discourse on Prostitution,” presented at the annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) (New Orleans, September 2003)

“Sex, Money, & Marriage: Progressive Male Discourse on Prostitution in Late Nineteenth Century Berlin,” presented at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference on “Nineteenth-Century Sex” (UC, Santa Cruz, March 2003)

“Dynamic Woman or Frozen Image? The Prostitute in Berlin,” presented at “Sexual States,” a Colloquium & Graduate Workshop on German Sexuality Studies (UCLA, February 2002)

  • Research Award (for 2 weeks of summer research in Berlin, Germany), Faculty Development Committee, Bowdoin College, May 2013
  • Research Award (for 1 week of summer research in Berlin, Germany), Faculty Development Committee, Bowdoin College, May 2012
  • Fletcher Family Research Award, Bowdoin College, February 2011
  • Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, Bowdoin College, May 2010
  • Fulbright Junior Research Grant, Berlin, Germany, 2009-2010
  • Bowdoin Faculty Research Fellowship, 2009-2012
  • Course Development Award for “Berlin: Sin City, Divided City, City of the Future,” Bowdoin College, February 2008
  • Alternate, Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture, September 2007
  • Women in German Dissertation Prize 2004, October 2005
  • DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar Fellowship, Seminar topic: “Beyond the National? Interdisciplinary German Studies & the Global,” Cornell University, June-July 2005
  • Grant for Archival Research in Berlin, Germany, Humanities Development Fund, Union College, Summer 2004
  • Graduate Certificate Program in Technology and Language Instruction (funded by a Mellon Grant), National Institute of Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE), Center for Educational Technology, Middlebury College, June 2004
  • IU/Berlin Exchange Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington and Freie Universität, Berlin, 2001-2002
  • Elmer O. Wooley Award for Excellence in Graduate Study and Teaching, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2000
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1997
  • Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Kamenz, Germany, 1994-1995