Andre Fischer

André Fischer

Assistant Professor of German
PhD, Stanford University
research interests:
  • 20th-Century German Literature and Thought
  • European Cinema
  • Conceptual Art and Performance
  • Practices of Modern Myth-Making
  • Aesthetics of Modernism
  • Film-Theory and Philosophy
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1104
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Professor Fischer’s research focuses on 20th century German literature, film, theater and performance art, as well as intellectual history.

    André 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, he 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. He 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.

    Fall 2020 Courses

    Advanced German: Core Course IV (German 301D)

    Discussion of literary and non-literary texts combined with an intensive grammar review. Systematic introduction to the expressive functions of German with an emphasis on spoken and written communication. In addition to the regular class meetings, students should sign up for a twice-weekly subsection. Prerequisite: German 210D, the equivalent, or placement by examination. Students who complete this course successfully should enter German 302D.

      German Literature and the Modern Era (German 340C)

      Introduction in English to German writers from 1750 to the present. Discussion focuses on questions like the role of outsiders in society, the human psyche, technology, war, gender, the individual and mass culture, modern and postmodern sensibilities as they are posed in predominantly literary texts and in relation to the changing political and cultural faces of Germany. Readings include works in translation by some of the most influential figures of the German tradition, such as Goethe, Nietzsche, Freud, Kafka, Thomas Mann, Brecht, and Christa Wolf. Open to first-year students, non-majors and majors. Admission to 400-level courses (except 402, 403D, 404, and 408D) is contingent on completion of this course or 341/341D OR 342/342D. The main course is conducted in English, so this will only qualify for major or minor credit when taken in conjunction with one-hour discussion section in German (L21 340D). The discussion section provides and introduction to critical German vocabulary and is open to students with prior knowledge of German (German 210D or equivalent, or placement by examination).

        Selected Publications

        "Fragments for a Dialectic of Resistance: Fatzer, Keuner, and the Revolution", in Brecht Yearbook 44, Rochester: Camden House, 2019.

        "Deep Truth and the Mythic Veil: Werner Herzog's New Mythology in 'Land of Silence and Darkness'" in Film-Philosophy, vol. 22/1, 2018.

        "Negative Epiphanie in Hans Henny Jahnns ‘Fluss ohne Ufer’", in: Tomas Sommadossi (ed.): "Polytheismus der Einbildungskraft". Wechselspiele von Literatur und Religion von der Aufklärung bis zur Gegenwart. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2018.

        Bilder der Konvulsion – Betrachtungen zum filmischen Werk von Peter Weiss. In: BIRCKEN, Margrid/ MERSCH, Dieter/ STILLMARK, Hans- Christian (eds.): Ein Riss geht durch den Autor – Transmediale Inszenierungen im Werk von Peter Weiss, Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2009.