Maggie McCarthy Professor of German Studies | Chair of Film & Media Studies
- Ph.D., M.A. University of Rochester
- B.A. Connecticut College
Areas of Expertise
- Contemporary German Literature and Film
- Film Studies
- Memory Studies
Since arriving at Davidson in 1995, I've taught a variety of beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses on German literature, film, and culture. Topics include contemporary digital and visual culture, migration and identity on film, and memory culture. My publications, which have appeared in German Quarterly, New German Critique, Camera Obscura, Oxford German Studies, and German Studies Review, reflect a range of interests in contemporary literature and film, popular culture, and feminism. In 2015 I edited an anthology, German Pop Literature: A Companion (2015). In 2017 I published Mad Mädchen. Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film.
I am currently the coordinator of Davidson's Film and Media Studies minor, for which I have taught the gateway class, as well as courses in translation on film adaptation, alternative cinema, and memory on film. Sometimes I complete the final assignment along with students by making my own short films. These include Girl, Reconstructed, a mash-up inspired by dreams, memories, and my mother's early life. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling with students and colleagues to watch theater in New York, documentaries at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and to research immigration in Vienna and memory culture in Berlin. During spring break 2023, I will accompany senior German majors writing theses to Berlin for a week of research.