Fatima Naqvi

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Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Director of Graduate Studies

Fatima Naqvi is Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1993 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000. From 2000–2019, she taught at Rutgers University. She is on the board of the ICI Berlin as well as the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies.

Fatima Naqvi’s research interests include the intersection of architecture and literature/film; ecological films; Austrian authors and filmmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries; affect studies; landscape in the post-1945 period. She has published The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood: Western Europe 1970-2005 (New York: Palgrave, 2007), Trügerische Vertrautheit: Filme von Michael Haneke/ Deceptive Familiarity: Films by Michael Haneke (Vienna: Synema, 2010), and How We Learn Where We Live: Thomas Bernhard, Architecture, and Bildung (Northwestern, 2016). Her book on Michael Haneke’s film The White Ribbon (2009) appeared in 2020, as will her co-edited volume (with Roy Grundmann and Colin Root) of Haneke interviews (Michael Haneke: Interviews). In 2021, she will publish her Zurich Distinguished Lecture 2019 as The Insulted Landscape with Königshausen and Neumann. Essays on film criticism in Austria (“Kakanian Flyspecks”) and the documentary filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter (“Ephemeral Spaces and Pneumatic Architecture”) appeared recently in New German Critique, an article on Ulrich Seidl came out in Film-Konzepte.

One current book project focuses on the topic of fremdschämen—the sense of shame for another—in contemporary media culture, with special attention to the works of Ulrich Seidl, Erwin Wurm, and Elfriede Jelinek. A second project delves into the problem of generosity and environmental consciousness in recent documentary films.

Professor Naqvi teaches on 20th and 21st century German literature and film. Her courses include Vienna 1900–1938, post-1945 film, German literature of the post-1945 period, literature and architecture, modernism, and landscape and film (“From Haunted Screen to Hyperreality,” “Our Threatened Planet: Documentary Films and Ecocriticsm,” “Weimar Cinema,” “Landscape, Architecture, Film”, “German Films after 1945”).

She has held guest professorships at Harvard University (Spring 2017) and the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Spring 2013).