André Fischer’s research focuses on 20th-century German literature, film, theater and performance art, as well as intellectual history.
Professor Fischer’s scholarship is located at the intersection of aesthetics and politics, where he investigates practices of modern myth-making, its aesthetics and political theologies, as well as associated concepts and strategies of resistance. In his current book project, Fischer explores the turn towards myth in German postwar literature, film, and conceptual art. He is also working on a project on forms of aesthetic and political resistance in modern European literature, as well as on a critique of the auteur concept in German and French new wave cinema. Fischer has published articles on Hans Henny Jahnn, Bertolt Brecht, Werner Herzog, and Peter Weiss.
Besides teaching all levels of German language, Professor Fischer offers courses on literature, film, and theater, for example “Migration Stories”, “Staging Revolutions”, or “Introduction to German Cinema.” He received his PhD in German Studies from Stanford University and has taught German at Auburn University, before joining the faculty at Washington University.