Fatima Naqvi

Ph.D., Harvard University

15 Seminary Place, Room 4130
College Avenue Campus

Phone: 848-932-4094

On Leave Spring 2019

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Research Interests:

Professor 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.

One current book project focuses on the topic of "fremdschämen"--the sense of shame for another--in contemporary media culture (special attention is devoted to the works of Ulrich Seidl, Erwin Wrum, and Elfriede Jelinek). A second project delves into the problem of generosity and environmental consciousness in recent documentary films.


Professor Naqvi teaches courses on Vienna 1900, Robert Musil and His Age, the German novel of the post-1945 period, literature and architecture, modernism, and film (“From Haunted Screen to Hyperreality," “Screening German Histories," "Our Threatened Planet: Documentary Films and Ecocriticsm," "Weimar Cinema").


  • Guest Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Spring 2017
  • Fulbright Guest Professor at the Center for Intermediality Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Spring 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 2018)

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

Articles (selected):

  • with Roy Grundmann, "'Every Unhappy Family is Unhappy in Its Own Way': Michael Haneke in Conversation (June 2017), Cineaste, forthcoming Winter 2017 (print and online). Introduction plus interview, 20 manuscript pages.
  • "Heldenplatz" for Metzler Handbuch zu Thomas Bernhard, eds. Manfred Mittermayer and Martin Huber (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag, forthcoming 2017). ("Heroes' Square" by Thomas Bernhard.)
  • Psycho Biography: Werner Schroeter's Malina (1991)," Werner Schroeter, ed. Roy Grudmann (Vienna: Filmmuseum Synema, forthcoming 2017).
  • “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)