Fatima Naqvi

Fatima Naqvi

Visiting Professor of German
Fatima Naqvi

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Fatima Naqvi completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. She is professor of German and Film Studies at Rutgers University, where she has taught since 2000. In 2013, she was Fulbright Professor at the Center for Intermediality Studies at the Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz.

She has written books on the perception of victimhood in Western European culture between 1968 and the new millennium (The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood, Palgrave 2007); the films of Michael Haneke (Trügerische Vertrautheit, Synema 2010); and the intersection of architecture and educational discourse in the works of Thomas Bernhard (How We Learn Where We Live; Northwestern 2016). One current research 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 Wurm, and Elfriede Jelinek). A second project delves into the problem of generosity and environmental consciousness in recent documentary films.


Fatima Naqvi is associate member of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry Berlin (ICI) and board member of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS). Since 2009, she has served on jury for the Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize. She is on the editorial board of Germanic Review and has been on the editorial boards of German Quarterly and Modern Austrian Literature/The Journal for Austrian Studies. She is consulting editor for Recherche: Zeitung für Wissenschaft and Volltext: Zeitschrift für Literatur. As of 2016, she is co-editor-in-chief of the international edition of Investigations, a journal devoted to intellectual exchange between the Anglo-American and German-speaking world.

Her teaching interests include 19th, 20th, and 21st Century German literature, the intersection of fine art and literature, European film, as well as architectural and spatial theory.

2016-2017 Courses:
German 63. Environment Matters: Green Thought in the German-Speaking World
German 274. Architecture and the Literary Imagination from the 19th to the 21st Century

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p: 617-495-2339

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