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Nancy Nenno

Professor, German and Slavic Studies

Address: JC Long, Room 424
Office Hours: Dr. Nenno is on sabbatical for the 2013-2014 academic year
Phone: 843.953.5464


University of California, Berkeley, California
Ph.D., M.A.

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Research Interests

German Cinema history, particularly the transition from silent to sound film

Representation of African Americans in interwar German literature, culture and cinema

Courses Taught

German 325: Contemporary Issues

German 390: The African Diaspora in German-speaking Europe

German 464: 20th century Literature 1900-1945

German 465: 20th century Literature 1945- Present

German 472: Classics of German Cinema

German 490:  CSI Deutschland:  Der Krimi

German 498 : Independent Study in German

Film in Translation: German Film 1919-1945

Film in Translation: Postwar German Cinema

Film in Translation: German Exile Cinema--film noir

Film in Translation: Recent German Cinema (1989-2009)


“Undermining Babel:  Victor Trivas’s Niemandsland (1931),”  The Many Faces of Weimar German Cinema, ed. Christian Rogowski (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010):

“Projections on Blank Space:  Landscape, Nationality and Identity in Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg.”  (Revised version) Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg: A Casebook, ed. Hans Rudolf Vaget. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.

“Leni Riefenstahl.”  The Oxford  Encyclopedia of Women in World History.  Ed. Bonnie G. Smith. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.

“Did German almost become the language of the US?” The Five-Minute Linguist.  Ed. E.M. Rickerson and Barry Hilton (London: Equinox Press, 2006) 170-174.

“'Postcards from the Edge':  Education to Tourism in the German Mountain Film.” Light Motives: German Popular Cinema.  Ed. Margaret McCarthy and Randall Halle.  Detroit:  Wayne State University Press, 2003.  61-83.

“Women, Fascism and Film,” Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 2.2 (2001):  73-90.

“Bildung and Desire:  Anna Elisabet Weirauch's Der Skorpion.”  Queering the Canon:  Defying Sights in German Literatures and Culture.  Ed. Christopher Lorey and John Plews.  Columbia, SC: Camden House,1998.  207-221.

“Primitivism, Femininity and Modern Urban Space:  Josephine Baker in Berlin.”  Women in the Metropolis:  Gender and Modernity in Weimar Culture.  Ed. Katharina von Ankum.  Weimar and Now 11.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1997.  145-161.  
Published in translation as:  "Weiblichkeit-Primitivität-Metropole: Josephine Baker in Berlin.”  Frauen in der Großstadt:  Herausforderung der Moderne?  Ed. and trans. Katharina von Ankum.  Dortmund:  Edition Ebersbach, 1999.  136-158.

“Between Magic and Medicine:  Images of the Woman Healer in Medieval German Literature.”  Climbing a Long Hill:  Women Healers and Physicians.  Ed. Lilian R. Furst.  Lexington, KY:  University of Kentucky Press, 1997.  43-63.

“Projections on Blank Space:  Landscape, Nationality and Identity in Thomas Mann's Der  Zauberberg.”  The German Quarterly 69.3 (Summer 1996):  305-321.
“Biographies.”  “Political Chronology.”  The Weimar Republic Sourcebook.  Ed. Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg.  Weimar and Now:  German Cultural Criticism 3.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1994.  743-63.  765-71.