Brigitte Peucker, Director of Graduate Studies

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Elias Leavenworth Professor of German; Professor of Film and Media Studies
100 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-6607
(203) 432-0785
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Brigitte Peucker received her PhD from Yale University and she has been teaching at Yale ever since. She is the author of From Arcadia to Elysium (Bouvier, 1980); Lyric Descent in the German Romantic Tradition (Yale, 1987); Incorporating Images: Film and the Rival Arts (Princeton, 1995), which appeared as Verkörpernde Bilder, das Bild des Körpers (Vorwerk 8,1999); The Material Image: Art and the Real in Film (Stanford, 2007). She is the editor of Wiley-Blackwell’s Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 2012.  Her new book, Aesthetic Spaces: The Place of Art in Film, has recently appeared (Northwestern UP, 2019). She writes and teaches in the areas of film’s relation to the other arts (intermediality); the films of Alfred Hitchcock; the theory and history of visuality and spectatorship; the American horror film; melodrama; and various aspects of German cinema. She is the recipient of Woodrow Wilson, Morse, and Mellon Fellowships, has served as Chair of the Film Studies Program, 1986-2000, as Chair of the German Department, 1997-2002 and 2003-4, and as Director of Graduate Studies in both departments.

Education History

BA, Mount Holyoke College
NYU Summer Program in Filmmaking
Ph.D., Yale University


Films provide valuable spaces for aesthetic experimentation and analysis, for cinema’s openness to other media has always allowed it to expand its own. In Aesthetic Spaces, Brigitte Peucker shows that when painterly or theatrical conventions are appropriated by the medium of film, the dissonant effects produced open it up to intermedial reflection and tell us a great deal about cinema itself.

“A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the first of its kind to engage with this important figure. Twenty-eight essays by an international group of scholars consider this controversial director’s contribution to German cinema, German history, gender studies, and auteurship.