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Anna Parkinson

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2007

Anna Parkinson is Associate Professor in the Department of German, Interim Co-Director of the Critical Theory Cluster, and an affiliate of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Northwestern University.

Her research has been supported by grants from institutions including the DAAD, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Deutsches Literaturarchiv (Marbach), the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Association for Women-in German, the "Languages of Emotion" Excellence Cluster at the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Her first book, titled An Emotional State: The Politics of Emotion in Postwar West German Culture, was published in 2015 by the University of Michigan Press in the "Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany" series. Her other publications include: “Under the Sign of Caricature: Figuring Exile in Adolf Hoffmeister’s The Unwilling Tourist (1941-42)” in Exilforschung  (2017), “A Sentimental Re-education: Postwar West Germany’s Intimate Geographies” in Emotion, Space and Society (2017), ““In der Fremde zuhause”: Contingent Cosmopolitanism and Elective Exile in the Writing of Hans Keilson” (forthcoming), “Zwischen Nirgendwo und Immer Wieder: Das Unzeitgemäße in Hans Keilsons Romanen und die nicht ganz verpasste Begegnung mit dem Tod des Widersachers,” (forthcoming) and “Adorno on the Airwaves: Feeling Reason, Educating Emotions,” in German Politics and Society (2014). Currently she is working on a series of essays addressing the Jewish-German author and psychoanalyst Hans Keilson's writings and biography. Her new book project is linked to modalities of evidence in forensics and art, drawing on her involvement as co-convener (with Professor Sarah Nuttall, Director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research /WISER at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA) of the project “Trauma, Politics, and the Uses of Memory,” in the Andrew W. Mellon Project “Critical Theory in the Global South” in the Program in Critical Theory at Northwestern (partner university in the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs). See:  

Teaching and research interests include: twentieth and twenty-first century German-language literature and film, psychoanalytic and critical theory, modern South African literature and film, memory studies, literature of migration, gender and queer theory, literary theory, genocide studies, and media of the Cold War era.

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