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Fatima Naqvi

GermanNaqviWeb2014Department Chair

Ph.D., Harvard University
15 Seminary Place, Room 4130
College Avenue Campus

Phone: 848-932-4094

Fall 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm



Research Interests:

Professor Naqvi’s research interests include ecological films; Austrian authors and filmmakers of the 20th century; the intersection of visual culture and literature; the theorization of interdisciplinarity; affect and media studies. Her current book project, The Ethics of Embarrassment, focuses on the concept of "Fremdschämen" and the works of Ulrich Seidl, Erwin Wurm, and Elfriede Jelinek.


Professor Naqvi teaches courses on Vienna 1900, Robert Musil, the German novel of the post-1945 period, modernism, and film (“From Haunted Screen to Hyperreality," “Bresson, Antonioni, Haneke," “Film Theory and World Cinema,” “Screening German Histories," "Our Threatened Planet: Documentary Films and Ecocriticsm").


  • Fulbright Guest Professor at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 2013
  • Rutgers Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education 2006, category of Assistant Professor.
  • Franz Werfel Scholarship, Vienna 2003-04.
  • Max Kade Award for Best Article in German Quarterly, 2002



Edited Volume:

with Roy Grundmann and Colin Root, Michael Haneke: Interviews (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2016)

Guest editor of Modern Austrian Literature 39.2 on Elfriede Jelinek’s texts from 1995 to 2005.

Articles (selected):

  • “A Melancholy Labor of Love, or Film Adaptation as Translation: Three Paths to the Lake,” revised reprint, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Michael Haneke, ed. Roy Grundmann (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2010) 205-26.
  • “Thomas Bernhard und die Tradition: ‘Andere Zustände’ in Amras,” „Ist es eine Komödie? Ist es eine Tragödie?”, eds. Attila Bombitz und Martin Huber (Vienna: Präsens, 2010).
  • “Die unmögliche Möglichkeit: Zur Struktur von Elfriede Jelineks ‘Angst’,” Lob der Oberfläche, eds. Thomas Eder and Juliane Vogel (München: Fink, 2010) 131-42.
  • “Friederike Mayröckers arte povera,” Ökonomien der Armut, ed. Elke Brüns (Munich: Fink, 2008) 207-19.
  • “The Politics of Contempt and an Ecology of Images: Michael Haneke’s Code inconnu (2000).” The Cosmopolitan Screen: German Cinema and the Global Imaginary, 1945 to the Present, eds. Lutz Koepnick and Stephan Schindler (Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan UP, 2007) 235-52.
  • “Elfriede Jelinek’s Post-Dramatic Stress Disorder: Analysis of a Programmatic Aggression,” Gegenwartsliteratur 5 (2006): 74-101.
  • "Der Künstler als Amateur: Miroslav Tichý”/ “The Artist as Amateur: Miroslav Tichý,” Artists for Tichý—Tichý for Artists (Nuremberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2006): 39-46; my own translation.
  • “Die Ontologie des Nationalstaatlichen: Das Adjektiv ‘österreichisch’ vor dem Substantiv ‘Literatur’,” Literatur und Kritik (May 2006): 51-54. (The Ontology of the National: The Adjective “Austrian” before the Noun “Literature.”)

Professional Activities:


  • Co-editor of Volltext and Recherche
  • Associate Member of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ici)–Kulturlabor Berlin
  • Board Member of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS)
  • Jury Member, Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize (2009-ongoing)
  • Editorial Board of Germanic Review, German Quarterly
  • Executive committee of the Division on Twentieth-Century German Literature, Modern Language Association (2015)


Recent Courses Taught at Rutgers:


  • Post-War Cinema (Fall 2016)
  • Vienna 1900 (Fall 2015)
  • Film Theory and World Cinema (Spring 2014)
  • German Film from 1945 to the Present (Fall 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2010)
  • Austrian Narratives of the 19th and 20th Century (Spring 2010)
  • Women Writers: Bachmann, Jelineck, Mayroecker (Spring 2009)


  • Von Comix zu Krimigeschichte: Kurzprosa des 20. Jahrhunderts (Fall 2014)
  • The Cutting Edge: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis (Fall 2013)
  • German Literature after 1945 (Fall 2012)
  • Werkstattgespräche: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis (Fall 2010)
  • Violence and Spectatorship (Fall 2013)
  • Our Threatened Planet: Documentary Film and Ecocriticism (Fall 2013)

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