Fatima Naqvi

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Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures
P.O. Box 208251 New Haven, CT 06520-8210

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 Austro-American Studies.

Fatima Naqvi’s research interests include the intersection of architecture and literature; the theorization of interdisciplinarity; ecological films; Austrian authors and filmmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries; affect studies. 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 Verlag, 2010), and How We Learn Where We Live: Thomas Bernhard, Architecture, and Bildung (Northwestern University Press, 2016). Her book on Michael Haneke’s film The White Ribbon (2009) will appear in 2020, as will her co-edited volume (with Roy Grundmann and Colin Root) of Haneke interviews.

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.

She teaches on 20th century German literature and film. Professor Naqvi offers courses on Vienna 1900-1938, Robert Musil and His Age, the German novel of the post-1945 period, literature and architecture, modernism, and landscape and film (“From Haunted Screen to Hyperreality,” “Screening German Histories,” “Our Threatened Planet: Documentary Films and Ecocriticsm,” “Weimar Cinema,” “Landscape, Architecture, Film”).

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