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Caroline RupprechtCaroline Rupprecht

Caroline Desirée Rupprecht, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center, where her dissertation received the Carolyn Heilbrun Prize; and a summa cum laude BA in Comparative Literature from the City College of New York, to where she transferred from Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, upon completion of her Grundstudium for an MA in Germanistik und Theaterwissenschaft. She is the recipient of a South Central MLA Award for Best Paper in Gender Studies; as well as a Certified Translator. She has worked in the New York City publishing industry, completed a performing arts internship in Lyons, France; and traveled to India, Japan, and China. She specializes in avant-garde and postmodern literature and culture in a German and French speaking context. At Queens, she teaches global literatures, drama, and translation. And at the Graduate Center, where she was also the recipient of a Mellon Faculty Fellowship and is on the editorial board of Women's Studies Quarterly, she teaches German Studies in the PhD Program in Comparative Literature. She has presented many lectures nationally and internationally, including Mexico, Paris, and Shanghai. These are her publications:


  • Womb Fantasies: Subjective Architectures in Postmodern Literature, Cinema, and Art, Northwestern UP, 2013
  • Subject to Delusions: Narcissism, Modernism, Gender, Northwestern UP, 2006
  • Dark Spring by Unica Zürn, Translation & Introduction, Exact Change Press, 2000


  • "Haunted Spaces: History and Architecture in Yoko Tawada." South Central Review 33:3 (2017) – peer-reviewed
  • "Architecture and Queer Desire in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz." Comparatisme comme approche critique, ed. Anne Tomiche (Paris: Garnier, 2017) – peer-reviewed
  • "Übersetzung als Begegnung: Pham Thi Hoàis 'Fünf Tage,'" in: Publikationen der Internationalen Vereinigung für Germanistik, ed. Zhu et al. (NY: Peter Lang, 2016)
  • "The Ritual Dimension of Time Itself," Afterword, MCV - Art book by Jue Löffelholz. (Frankfurt/Main: meme, 2012)
  • "'I could still see her in my mind's eye': Blurred Boundaries in Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries," Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature 34:1 (2010) - peer-reviewed
  • "Post-war Iconographies: Wandering Women in Brecht, Duras, Kluge," South Central Review 23:2 (2006) - peer-reviewed
  • "Co pani robi w Niemczech? – Emine Özdamar and Yoko Tawada," Tygiel Kultury 7-9 (Lodz, Poland, 2005)
  • "The Violence of Merging: Unica Zürn's Writing (on) the Body," Studies in 20th Century Literature 27:2 (2003) - peer-reviewed
  • "A 'Body' of Writing: The Voice of Henriette Hardenberg," Women in German Yearbook 17 (2001) - peer-reviewed
  • "Zwischen Geburt und Tod: Das Bild der Anderen in Barnes' Nachtgewächs," Die Magie der Unterbrechung, ed. Carola Hilmes (Bielefeld, Germany, 1999)
  • "The Walk," Room of One's Own: A Space for Women's Writing 17:3 (Vancouver, Canada, 1994)


  • Susanne Rinner, The German Student Movement and the Literary Imagination (New York: Berghahn, 2013) in: The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics & Culture (2015)
  • Eva Kormann, Anke Gilleir and Angelika Schlimmer, eds. Textmaschinenkörper (Amsterdam, 2006) in: German Quarterly 80:2 (2007)
  • Andreas Mayer and Lydia Marinelli, Dreaming by the Book (New York, 2003) in: German Studies Review 28:3 (2005)


  • Jörn Etzold, "Quick, Baz Get Woven: The Words are on 'Generalstreik'," Preface to J. Löffelholz, The vex Chumps quickly In (Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 2011)
  • Jonathan Petropoulos, "The Primacy of Kulturpolitik," Emigrants and Exiles: A Lost Generation of Austrian Artists in America, 1920-1950, ed. Czaplicka. (Chicago, 1996).

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