Susanne Baackmann

Associate Professor of German

Photo: Susanne Baackmann

Email: theodor@unm.edu
Phone: 505 277-4771
Fax: (505) 277-3599
Office: 349C

Personal Statement:

Activities

  • Co-Organizer,
    Graduate Student Conference on Fantastic Projections: Crisis, Memory and the Imagination, UNM. (2009)
  • Organizer,
    Panel Discussion on What is Ideology? UNM. (2009)
  • Organizer,
    Panel Discussion on What is Terror? UNM. (2008)
  • Organizer,
    Panel Discussion on What is Memory? at UNM (2007 )
  • Co-Organizer
    (with David Craven, Art History)
    International Conference on Modernism—Fascism—Postmodernism, UNM.
    (September 20-22, 2006)

Educational History:

1993, Ph.D., in German Studies, University of California at Berkeley.

1986, M.A., in German Literature, English Literature, Philosophy, Universität Duisburg, Germany

Research Interests:

  • Post-1945 German literature and culture
  • gender studies
  • memory discourse
  • visual culture

Susanne Baackmann received her Ph.D. in German Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. Her first book Erklär mir Liebe. Weibliche Schreibweisen von Liebe in der Gegenwartsliteratur [Explain Love to me. Women Authors Rewrite the Lovestory] (Berlin 1995) is concerned with female interventions in the discourse of love. Her second book, co-edited with Hilary Sy-Quia, examines Conquering Women. Women, War, and the German Cultural Imagination (IAS Press 2000). She has published numerous articles on contemporary women authors and filmmakers, as well as on visual artists, most recently on Thomas Demand.

Currently, she is working on a book-length study about discourses of memory and commemoration in re-unified Germany, entitled Memories of War, Wars of Memory. Dr. Baackmann has been the Director of The German Summer School from 2004-2006 and will be directing this School again starting in 2010. From 2007 she has been serving as Director for the Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Program. In that capacity she has organized various Cultural Studies Roundtable Discussions: in 2007 on Memory, in 2008 on Terror (2008), and for 2009 a Panel on Ideology. In 2009, she also initiated the first Graduate Student Cultural Studies Conference on Fantastic Projections: Crisis, Memory, and the Imagination. In the Fall of 2006, she and David Craven (Art History) organized a conference on Modernism—Fascism—Postmodernism. Selected conference contributions have been published in Modernism/modernity (January 2008).

Selected Publications:

Books Authored

  • Erklär mir Liebe. Weibliche Schreibweisen von Liebe in der Gegenwartsliteratur
    (Explain Love to Me: How Women Write Love in Contemporary German Literature)
    . (Argument Verlag 1995).

Books Edited

  • Conquering Women. Women, War and the German Cultural Imagination.
    Co-ed. with Hilary Collier Sy-Quia. (IAS Press - UC Berkeley 2000).

Articles & Book Chapters

  • "Überhaupt keine Geschichte" – Erinnerung im Zeichen von Überlebensschuld und Widerstand in "Happy, sagte der Onkel" und "Spätfolgen".
    In Text und Kritik: Grete Weil. ed. Sybille Schönborn. IV. (2009).
  • Täuschende Spuren, Spuren der Täuschung. Thomas Demands Nach-Bilder Wende.
    In Geschichte(n) erzählen. Nachbilder der Wende. eds. Inge Stephan, Alexandra Tacke.
    (Böhlau Verlag 2009).
  • An Introduction to Modernism—Fascism—Postmodernism.
    In Modernism/modernity. co-authored with David Craven. 15.1. (January 2008).
  • Prosthetic Illusions of Masculinity: Hans Bellmer’s Dolls and the Fascist Imaginary.
    In Art, Value, Politics ed. Jonathan Harris. (University of Liverpool Press 2007).
  • Jean Paul wieder lesen. Überlegungen zum Ichentwurf in Jean Pauls Siebenkäs.
    In Wege in und aus der Moderne. Von Jean Paul zu Günter Grass: Herbert Kaiser. ed. Werner Jung. 65. (Aisthesis Verlag 2006).
  • Entry Grete Weil.
    In Shoah in der deutschsprachigen Literatur. eds. Norbert Otto Eke, Hartmut Steinecke
    (Erich Schmidt Verlag 2006).
  • Die Politik der Erinnerung: Grete Weil und Christa Wolf—und deren Transpositionen des kulturellen Gedächtnisses.
    In Patentlösung oder Zankapfel. ed. Peter Pabisch. (Peter Lang 2005).
  • Kinder als Zeugen der Geschichte in Filmen über den Holocaust: Peppermint Frieden, Auf Wiedersehn, Kinder, Das Leben ist schön und Nirgendwo in Afrika.
    In Chiffre 2000. Neue Paradigmen der Gegenwartsliteratur eds. Ulrike Vedder and Corinna Caduff. (Fink Verlag 2005).
  • Reconfiguring the Witness of the Holocaust. The Child as a Lieu de Mémoire in Marianne Rosenbaum's Film Peppermint Frieden.
    In Seminar 40.1. (February 2004).
  • Kindheit als Film. Zur medialen Präsenz von Geschichte in Marianne Rosenbaums Film Peppermint Frieden. In »Zeitenwende—Die Germanistik auf dem Weg vom 20. ins 21. Jahrhundert. eds. Peter Wiesinger and Hans Derkits. 9.61 (Peter Lang. 2003).
  • Symptomatic Bodies: Fascism, Gender and Hans Bellmer’s Dolls.
    In Writing Against Boundaries. Gender and Nation or Disrupting the Imagined Nation.
    eds. Barbara Kosta, Helga Kraft. (Rodopi 2003).
  • Configurations of Myth, Memory and Mourning
    in Grete Weil's Meine Schwester Antigone
    .
    In German Quarterly 73.3 (Summer 2000).

Awards and Grants:

  • Rudolf Arnheim Professor,
    Humboldt Universität - Berlin, Germany. (2007)
  • RAC Grant, Research in Berlin. (2009)

Teaching Interests:

  • Post-1945 German Culture and Literature
  • Memory Discourses
  • Transpositions of the Shoa in Contemporary German Culture
  • Fairy Tales
  • Notions of Heimat/Homeland in German-speaking Cultures
  • Notions of Childhood in Literature and Film

Representative Courses:

  • GRMN 556 - Cultural Transpositions of German History as "Trauma"
  • GRMN 556 - Gender and the Cultural Imagination
  • GRMN 550 - Fairy Tales

Other Information:

Dr. Baackman's first book Erklär mir Liebe. Weibliche Schreibweisen von Liebe in der Gegenwartsliteratur ( Explain Love to me. Women Authors Rewrite the Lovestory, Berlin 1995) is concerned with female interventions in the discourse of love. Her second book, co-edited with Hilary Sy-Quia, examines Conquering Women. Women, War, and the German Cultural Imagination (Berkeley: IAS Press, 2000). She has published numerous articles on contemporary women authors and filmmakers, as well as on visual artists, most recently on Thomas Demand. Currently, Dr. Baackman is working on a book-length study about discourses of memory and commemoration in re-unified Germany, entitled Memories of War, Wars of Memory.