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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    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.

    Spring 2020 Courses

    Advanced German: Core Course V (German 302D)

    Continuation of German 301D. Refinement and expansion of German communication skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading), deepening understanding of German grammatical structures, acquisition of more sophisticated and varied vocabulary, introduction to stylistics through discussion and analysis of literary and non-literary texts. In addition to the regular class meetings, students should sign up for a twice-weekly subsection. Prerequisite: German 301D, the equivalent, or placement by examination. Students completing this course successfully may enroll in the 400 level. Note, however, that German 340C/340D or German 341/341D are a prerequisite for most 400-level courses.

      Undergraduate Topics in German Film: Introduction to German Cinema (German 490)

      In this undergraduate course we will watch and discuss some of the great highlights in German film history. The course will provide students with a visual and linguistic foundation for discussing German film from the early days of cinema to the present. To cover such an extensive time span and range of cinematographic output, we will view representative works from various periods, genres, and authors dealing with a wide variety of themes. Class discussions will address the social and cultural significance of cinematic production in 20th and 21st-century German culture and historical moments in German culture that are viewed through film. Certain themes will reoccur throughout the semester including gender, the city, technology, violence, and social crisis. This course will also help you to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in German. Classroom discussion will be entirely in German as will the readings. The films will have English subtitles. This class will accommodate a range of levels of German proficiency. The reading and writing assignments will be adjusted accordingly. All instruction and all discussion will be in German. NOTE: REQUIRED weekly screenings will be on Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Prerequisite: successful completion of German 302D AND German 340C/340D OR German 341/341D OR German 342/342D or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

        Selected Publications

        "Political Polytheism: Myth as a Critique of Political Theology", in TELOS (forthcoming).

        "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.