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Matthew Miller

Assistant Professor of German
German, 110 Lawrence Hall
p 315-228-6181


PhD, Columbia University, 2007;  BA, Swarthmore College, 1997
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  • 20th to 21st-century German literature and film
  • 18th to 21st-century German theater
  • Critical and aesthetic theory (from Kant through Adorno)


  • The study of culture in its social, political, and ethical implications  
  • Imagination, Fantasy, and Play (Spiel)
  • "Sailing" the Danube
  • Contestations of value(s)
  • Utopia, Futurity, and Kairos

Teaching Experience

Courses taught at Colgate:
  • Core 151: Legacies of the Ancient World
  • Core 152: Challenges of Modernity
  • Core 184c: The Danube
  • German 101 and 102: 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 Literature
  • German 457: German Literature and Culture
  • German 479: 20th Century Literature: Modernity and Migration in German Culture
  • German 485: German Drama: History, Theory, Practice
  • Adviser to independent studies and honors theses in German
  • Freiburg Study Group director
Previous teaching appointments:
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Bowdoin College, 2009-10
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Columbia University, 2007-2009


Book projects:
  • Book manuscript: Mauer, Migration, Maps: The German Epic in the Cold War (in preparation)
  • Co-edited anthology (with Marijeta Bozovic): Watersheds: The Poetics and Politics of the Danube River (under review)


  • “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 (reviewed work in an anthology, forthcoming).
  • “Bottled Messages for Europe’s Future?: The Danube in Contemporary Transnational Cinema.” In Central European Aesthetics, edited by Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015 (reviewed work in an anthology, forthcoming).
  • “Atlantic Transfers of Critical Theory: Alexander Kluge and the U.S. in Fiction.” In Different Germanies--New Transatlantic Perspectives, edited by Konrad Jarausch and Harald Wenzel. New York: Berghahn Books, 2015 (reviewed work in an anthology, forthcoming).
  • "Facts of Migration, Demands on Identity: Christian Petzold's Yella and Jerichow in Comparison." The German Quarterly 85, no. 1 (Winter 2012): 55-76.
  • “Critical Storytelling and Diabolical Dialectics: Alexander Kluge and the Devil’s Blind Spots.” Germanic Review 85, no. 4 (Winter 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:

  • Qian, Kefei: Die Donau von 1740 bis 1875. Eine kulturwissenschaftliche Untersuchung. Logos Verlag Berlin: Verlag für wissenschaftliche Publikationen, 2014. The German Quarterly 88, no. 1 (2015): 139-141.
  • Eshel, Amir: Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. The German Quarterly 86, no. 4 (2013): 513-515.


"Literary Forms of Dialectics in the Works of Alexander Kluge and Heiner Müller"