Film and Visual Culture

In the wake of the “visual turn” in the humanities, film, photography, video, and visual culture in general have become increasingly important in German Studies. In addition to a course (Freud's Vienna) that partially focuses on the visual culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the department offers courses on Weimar Cinema and the New German Cinema and is developing courses on contemporary German film and on cinematic adaptations of literature. The department’s research and teaching strengths are in the history and aesthetics of German cinema from silent film to the present; the interaction between film and literature; in exile cinema; and, more specifically, in the major directors Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Werner Herzog.