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Margaret McCarthy


Ph.D., M.A. University of Rochester
B.A. Connecticut College


Since arriving at Davidson in 1995, I've taught a variety of beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses on German literature, film, and culture. My publications, which have appeared in German Quarterly, New German Critique, Camera Obscura, and Oxford German Studies, reflect a range interests in contemporary literature and film. In 2015 I edited an anthology entitled German Pop Literature: A Companion (2015). More recently I published Mad Mädchen. Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film (2017). 

 I am currently the coordinator of Davidson's Film and Media Studies minor, for which I have taught courses in translation on film adaptation, alternative film, and memory on film. Sometimes I complete the final assignment along with students by making my own short films. These include FAHR, a film about my travel experiences and relationship to Germany, and Girl, Reconstructed, a mash-up inspired by dreams, memories, and my mother's early life. In the spring of 2018 I joined Davidson colleagues on a research trip to Cuba. My reflections as a scholar of both film and German studies can be read on the Bacca Cuba blog.