Anke Biendarra

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Associate Professor, German
School of Humanities
Affiliate Faculty, European Studies

Faculty Director, Study Abroad Center

Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle


M.A., University of Muenster, Germany

Phone: (949) 824-6406
Fax: (949) 824 6416
Email: abiendar@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
HIB 212
Mail Code: 3150
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
German literature and culture of the 20th/21st century, esp. transnationalism, globalization, the literature of unification, pop culture, film. Cultural Studies. Gender Studies. Literary Sociology.
Appointments
Assistant Professor of German Studies, University of Cincinnati, OH (2003-2005).
Assistant Professor of German, University of California, Irvine (2005-2012).
Research Abstract
My current book project with the working title "The European Imaginary in Transcultural German-Language Literature" deals with transnational German-language writers, primarily from Central and Eastern Europe. I am interested in how these immigrants explore new configurations of cultural identity and citizenship through literature, and how their narratives address configurations of European identities that transgress national belonging in favor of transcultural and postnational imaginaries in the 21st century.

My first book, "Germans Going Global: Contemporary Literature and Globalization" (2012), offers a critical analysis of the effects that globalization entails for the distribution and production of German-language literature. It first discusses the effects that globalization has had on concepts of authorship and the literary marketplace after unification. Secondly, it analyzes the aesthetic treatment of globalizing factors in selected prose texts from the first millennial decade that thematize travel and work in the globalized economy. By evaluating the forms in which contemporary German writers of a younger generation respond to the pressures that globalizing factors impose on the individual and society, the books questions what these responses mean for identity constructions in the Berlin Republic and the state of German literature in the Aughts.
Publications
BOOKS
Visions of Europe. Interdisciplinary Contributions to Contemporary Cultural Debates. Co-edited with Gail K. Hart (= Berliner Beiträge zur Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte, vol. 18). Berlin: Peter Lang, 2014.

Germans Going Global: Contemporary Literature and Cultural Globalization (= Interdisciplinary German Studies, vol. 12). Berlin/New York: DeGruyter, 2012.
 
EDITED SPECIAL ISSUE
Closing Borders, Bridging Gaps? Deutscher Pop an der Jahrtausendwende. Special issue of Literatur für Leser 31.2 (2008).
 
ARTICLES

“Sibylle Berg als Feministin: Über die popkulturellen Strategien ihrer journalistischen Texte.“ Sibylle Berg. Text & Kritik. Zeitschrift für Literatur. [forthcoming 2018]

“Die Poetik-Vorlesungen Juli Zehs und Terézia Moras: Beispiele narrativer und feministischer Ethik.” Gegenwartsliteratur. Ein Germanistisches Jahrbuch / A German Studies Yearbook 16 (2017): 209-231.

“Ghostly Business: Place, Space, and Gender in Christian Petzold’s Yella.” Seminar 47:3 (September 2011): 357-370.

“Pop & Politik: Formen von Engagement in der zeitgenössischen Popliteratur.” [Pop & politics: Forms of commitment in contemporary pop literature]. Literatur für Leser 31.2 (2008): 125-141. Special issue on Pop.

“Editorial.” Literatur für Leser 31.2 (2008): 61-63. Special issue on Pop.

“Globalization, Travel, and Identity: Judith Hermann and Gregor Hens.” Gegenwartsliteratur: Ein germanistisches Jahrbuch / A German Studies Yearbook V (Fall 2006): 233-251.

“’Man photographiert Dinge, um sie aus dem Sinn zu verscheuchen’: Zu den Motiven der Photographie und des verstellten Blicks in Kafkas Romanfragment Der Verschollene.” [On the motifs of photography and obstructed gaze in Kafka’s fragmentary novel Amerika] Orbis Litterarum 61:1 (Spring 2006): 16-41.

“Gen(d)eration Next: Prose by Julia Franck and Judith Hermann.” Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature 28:1 (Winter 2004): 211-239.

“Der Erzähler als ‘popmoderner Flaneur’ in Christian Krachts Roman Faserland.” [The narrator as a ‘popmodern flaneur’ in Christian Kracht’s novel Faserland] German Life and Letters 55:2 (April 2002): 164-79.

BOOK CHAPTERS

“Trauma and Travel in Post-1989 Europe.” Anxious Journeys. Contemporary German Travel Narratives. Eds. Karin Baumgartner and Monika Shafi. Boydell & Brewer, 2019. [forthcoming]

Regenerating Europe in Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt.”
Ulrike Draesner: A Companion, eds. Lyn Marven and Karen Leeder. Companions to Contemporary German Culture. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2018. [forthcoming]

“Cultural Dichotomies and Lived Transnationalism in Recent Russian-German Narratives (Gorelik, Bronsky, Grjasnowa)." Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature. Eds. Elisabeth Hermann, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Stuart Taberner. Rochester, NY: Camden House 2015. 209-227.

"Jenny Erpenbecks Romane Heimsuchung (2007) und Aller Tage Abend (2012) als europäische Erinnerungsorte.” [Jenny Erpenbeck’s Novels Visitation and The End of Days as European Places of Memory] Wahrheit und Täuschung. Beiträge zum Werk Jenny Erpenbecks. Eds. Friedhelm Marx and Julia Schoell. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2014 (= Poesis. Standpunkte zur Gegenwartsliteratur, vol. 11). 125-144.

“The Headscarf in Germany: A Critical Reading of the Feminist Debate.” Visions of Europe. Interdisciplinary Contributions to Contemporary Cultural Debates. Eds. Anke S. Biendarra and Gail K. Hart. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2014. 83-94.

Prekäre neue Arbeitswelt: Narrative der New Economy.” (Precarious New Work World: Narratives of the New Economy). Das erste Jahrzehnt. Narrative und Poetiken des 21. Jahrhunderts. Eds. Johanna Bohley and Julia Schöll. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2011. 69-82.

“Transnational Traumas: Terézia Mora’s Alle Tage.” Emerging German-Language Novelists of the Twenty-First Century. Eds. Lyn Marven and Stuart Taberner. Camden House 2011; Paperback August 2013. 46-61. [Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2012 for the volume]

“Autorschaft 2.0: Mediale Selbstinszenierungen im Internet.” Globalisierung und Gegenwartsliteratur. Konstellationen – Konzepte – Perspektiven. Eds. Wilhelm Amann, Georg Mein, and Rolf Parr. Synchron: Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, 2010. 259-280.

“Engagierte Literatur? Überlegungen zu den sich verändernden Rollen von Intellektuellen im wiedervereinigten Deutschland.” [A literature of commitment? Reflections on the changing roles of intellectuals in reunified Germany] Der Vereinigungsschock – Zehn Jahre danach. Eine vergleichende Betrachtung [Reunification shock—ten years later. A comparative view] Eds. Wolfgang Schluchter and Peter Quint. Weilerswist: Velbrück Wissenschaft, 2001. 292-311.

“Der Prior bei den Cluniazensern. Soziale Kontrolle und Kommunikation im Wandel vom 11. bis zum 13. Jahrhundert.” [The Role of the prior in the Cluniac order: Transformations of social control and communication from the eleventh to the thirteenth century], with Jörg Oberste. Im Spannungsfeld von Recht und Ritual. Soziale Kommunikation in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit. [The tension between law and ritual: Social communication in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period] Eds. Heinz Duchardt and Gert Melville. Cologne, Weimar, Vienna: Böhlau, 1997. 139-171.
Grants
American Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008-09, American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Faculty Research Fellow, International Center for Writing and Translation, UC Irvine (2006-07); Faculty Research Grant, University Research Council, University of Cincinnati (2004); Research Fellowship, Charles Phelps Taft Fund, University of Cincinnati (2004); Graduate Stipend, Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar, Germany (2002); Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington (1999-2000); German and American Academic Council (GAAC) Young Scholars’ Summer Institute, Social Science Research Council New York/Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin (1999-2000); Peter Suhrkamp Dissertation Grant, Center for Contemporary German Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Professional Societies
Modern Language Association
German Studies Association
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Women in German
International Association of Germanists
Other Experience
Faculty Director Northern Europe
UC Education Abroad Programs 2015—2018

Last updated
09/17/2018