Matthew Miller

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Matthew Miller

Associate Professor of German

Department/Office Information

110A Lawrence Hall
  • MW 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Breisacher Tor and by appt. )
  • Literature and film in German-speaking Europe (20th century-present)
  • Theater in German-speaking Europe (18th century-present)
  • Critical and aesthetic theory
  • European cultural histories


Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Post-1945 Realisms: Uwe Johnson’s Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl." In Realism and the Novel: A Literary History, edited by Paul Stasi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2024. (forthcoming) 
  • "For Europe, from Interwar Vienna: Austrian Social Democracy’s Modernist Multinational." In National and postnational perspectives in / from / towards Austria, edited by Michael Burri und Christian Karner (under review)
  • "Inner Periphery? The Rhine from Borderland to Interzone." In Spatiality at the Periphery in European Literatures and Visual Arts, edited by Kathryn Everly, Stefano Giannini, and Karina von Tippelskirch. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023. 
  • "Renewing Resistance at Sea and on Isles: Peter Weiss’ Aesthetics’ Volume II for the Twenty-First Century." New German Critique: Special Issue on Peter Weiss 147, 49, no. 3 (2022): 135-157.
  • "In a Europe of Waters." EuropeNow: Special Feature on Rethinking the Human in a Multispecies World, edited by Hélène B. Ducros, 45 (2021).
  • "Europe Fluvial: Multilingual Cultural Studies on Site." Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German 53, no. 2 (2020).
  • "Shedding Waters: Cinematic Mediations of European Multiculture." EuropeNow: Special Feature on United in Diversity, edited by Gisela Brinker-Gabler and Randall Halle, 26 (2019).
  • "Divided Berlin and Cold War Aesthetics: Mediating the Wall in Literature and Film." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 55, no. 3 (2019): 266-295. 
  • "An Epic's Hydropoetics: On the Waters of Uwe Johnson's Jahrestage." Germanic Review 93, no. 2 (2018): 109-129.
  • "Bottled Messages for Europe’s Future? The Danube in Contemporary Transnational Cinema." In Crossing Central Europe: Continuities and Transformations, 1900–2000, edited by Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei, 312-348. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.
  • "Atlantic Transfers of Critical Theory: Alexander Kluge and the U.S. in Fiction." In Different Germanies--New Transatlantic Perspectives, edited by Konrad H. Jarausch, Harald Wenzel, and Karin Goihl, 278-297. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017.
  • "Uwe Johnson, Peter Weiss, und die Möglichkeiten des modernen Epos." Johnson-Jahrbuch 23 (2016): 183-206.
  • "Eigensinn in Transit: Reexamining a Concept for the Twenty-First Century." Glass Shards: Alexander Kluge-Jahrbuch 2 (2015): 83-102. 
  • "Zu einem Europa der Flüsse: Die Donau im transnationalen Film der Gegenwart." In Europa? Zur Kulturgeschichte einer Idee, edited by Tomislav Zelic, Zaneta Sambunjakm and Anita Pavic, 265-284. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015.
  • "Facts of Migration, Demands on Identity: Christian Petzold’s Yella and Jerichow in Comparison." The German Quarterly: Special Issue: German Film Studies 85, no. 1 (2012): 55-76.
  • "Critical Storytelling and Diabolical Dialectics: Alexander Kluge and the Devil’s Blind Spots." Germanic Review 85, no. 4 (2010): 318-339.
  • "Literarische Zwischenöffentlichkeit: Alexander Kluges Erzählerische Reaktionen auf die deutsche Wendezeit." In SUBversionen: Zum Verhältnis von Politik und Ästhetik in der Gegenwart, edited by Thomas Ernst, Patricia Gozalbez Cantó, Sebastian Richter, Nadja Sennewald and Julia Tieke, 129-146. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2008.
  • "Der Auftrag des Chiasmus im Revolutionsdrama: Heiner Müller mit Georg Büchner Lesen." Theater der Zeit: Theaterwissenschaftliche Beiträge 2006 – Beilage zum Heft 5 (2006): 8-11.

Book Reviews

  • Salvatore Pappalardo: Modernism in Trieste: The Habsburg Mediterranean and the Literary Invention of Europe, 1870-1945. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 76, no. 3 (2022): 176-9.
  • Caroline Rupprecht: Asian Fusion: New Encounters in the Asian-German Avant-Garde. New York: Peter Lang, 2020. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 75, no. 4 (2021): 266-69.
  • Julia Hell: The Conquest of Ruins: The Third Reich and the Fall of Rome. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2019. The Germanic Review 95, no. 1 (2020): 65-69.
  • Leslie A. Adelson: Cosmic Miniatures and the Future Sense: Alexander Kluge’s 21st-Century Literary Experiments in German Culture and Narrative Form. De Gruyter, 2017. The German Quarterly 92, no. 2 (2019): 305-308. 
  • Matt Cornish: Performing Unification: History and Nation in German Theater after 1989. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 73, no. 1 (2019): 68-70.
  • Friederike Eigler: Heimat, Space, Narrative: Toward a Transnational Approach to Flight and Expulsion. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 70, no. 4 (2016): 219-221.
  • Elisabeth Herrmann, Carrie Smith-Prei, Stuart Taberner, eds.: Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015. Modern Language Review 111, no. 3 (2016): 907-908.
  • Kefei Qian: Die Donau von 1740 bis 1875. Eine kulturwissenschaftliche Untersuchung. Berlin: Logos Verlag für wissenschaftliche Publikationen, 2014. The German Quarterly 88, no. 1 (2015): 139-141.
  • Amir Eshel: Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. The German Quarterly 86, no. 4 (2013): 513-515.
  • FSEM 159: Transnational Culture in Europe Today
  • Core 151: Legacies of the Ancient World
  • Core 152: Challenges of Modernity
  • Core 184: Communities and Identities: The Danube
  • German 121 and 122: Beginning German I and II
  • German 201 and 202: Intermediate German I and II
  • German 325: Transnationalism in Contemporary German Culture
  • German 341: Advanced Conversation and Composition
  • German 351: Introduction to German Literary Studies
  • German 352: Crisis and Critique in Germanophone Europe
  • German 353: Proseminar in German Studies: Borderlands of European Multiculture 
  • German 457: German Literature and Culture on Site: The Freiburg Seminar
  • German 477: Literature at the Turn of the Century: Legacies of Central European Modernity
  • German 479: 20th Century Literature: Modernity and Migration in Germanophone Europe
  • German 485: German Drama: History, Theory, Practice
  • Adviser to independent studies and honors theses in German
  • Freiburg Study Group director
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Bowdoin College, 2009-10
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Columbia University, 2007-2009
  • PhD, Columbia University, 2007, Dissertation: "Literary Forms of Dialectics in the Works of Alexander Kluge and Heiner Müller" 
  • BA, Swarthmore College, 1997