Ph.D., Indiana University
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century German and Austrian Literature, Film, and Popular Culture; Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Dr. Stewart’s teaching and research focus on diversity, social justice, and urban cultures. She enjoys teaching courses in all levels of German language, culture, film, and literature. As a native speaker of English and French and current Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department World Languages & Cultures, Dr. Stewart enthusiastically promotes the study of all languages, both on Georgia State’s campuses and around the world through the university’s many study abroad programs. Her experiences learning German, Spanish, and Dutch in college and graduate school, as well as living in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Graz, have been transformative.
Dr. Stewart’s research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century German, Austrian, and Swiss literature and cinema and emphasizes transnationalism, civil and human rights, and gender and sexuality. Her book, German Feminist Queer Crime Fiction: Politics, Justice and Desire (2014), reads queer characters in the German-language mystery genre as metaphors for social critique. Dr. Stewart’s other publications also take feminist and queer approaches to contemporary and historical texts. In addition to several articles on mystery fiction, she has published on Karl Philipp Moritz’s eighteenth-century psychological novel Anton Reiser, on the critically acclaimed novelist Antje Rávic Strubel, and on Angelina Maccarone’s transnational film Fremde Haut (Unveiled). She is currently working on projects on Muslim belonging and integration in unified Europe, the organization of space in queer cinema, gender and sexuality in East German film, and debates about capital punishment since World War II.
At Georgia State University, Dr. Stewart is affiliated with the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and with the Center for Human Rights and Democracy. She regularly presents her research at professional conferences and is an active member in regional and national organizations such as the MetroGerman Group of Atlanta, the Southeast German Studies Consortium, the Coalition of Women in German, the German Studies Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Dr. Stewart loves teaching German at all levels. In addition to teaching lower-division German language, she has also offered a variety of upper-division courses at GSU, including FORL 3300 Representations of the Holocaust in World Literature, GRMN 4411 Crossing Borders: Literary Transgressions and Transformations, GRMN 4413 German Film Studies from Weimar to Today, and GRMN 8865 Sexing the Text: German Women’s Writing and Cinema.
When she is not teaching or researching, Dr. Stewart loves to travel. Her favorite destination is Berlin, where she enjoys browsing in bookstores and open-air markets, attending festivals and concerts, sampling desserts at local ice cream shops, and hiking and swimming in the forests and lakes around Berlin. She also enjoys camping in the Appalachians, especially in the gorgeous Southeastern spring and fall. At home in Decatur, she is an avid spectator of heist movies, social documentaries, and gritty foreign films.
- German Feminist Queer Crime Fiction: Politics, Justice and Desire. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 229 pages. This study of popular crime stories by feminist authors—including Pieke Biermann, Edith Kneifl, Christine Lehmann, and Ingrid Noll, among others—investigates sociopolitical transformations in Germany and Austria from perspectives informed by scholarship on crime literature and queer theory.
- “Der Frauenkrimi: Women’s Crime Writing in German.” Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi. Katharina Hall. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2016. 100-114.
- “Das Politische und das Kulturkritische in den Romanen Antje Rávic Strubels” [Political and Culturally Critical Elements in the Novels of Antje Rávic Strubel]. Antje Rávic Strubel – Schlupfloch: Literatur [Antje Rávic Strubel – Loop Hole: Literature]. Ed. Andreas Erb. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2016. 63-84.
- “Dislocation, Multiplicity, and Transformation: Posttransnationalism in Antje Rávic Strubel’s Kältere Schichten der Luft and Vom Dorf.” Transnationalism in Contemporary German‐Language Literature. Ed. Elisabeth Herrmann, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Stuart Taberner. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015. 187-208.
- “The ‘Crime of Race’: Examining Germanness and Whiteness in Self-Published Feminist Mysteries.” Gewissheit und Zweifel: Interkulturelle Studien zum kriminalliterarischen Erzählen [Certainty and Doubt: Intercultural Studies of Crime Literature Narratives]. Ed. Sandra Beck and Katrin Schneider-Özbek. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2015. 143-166.
- “Girls in the Gay Bar: Performing and Policing Identity in Crime Fiction.” Tatort Germany: The Curious Case of German-Language Crime Fiction. Ed. Lynn M. Kutch and Todd Herzog. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014. 200-222.
- “22 October 2005: Winner of Hessian Film Award Fremde Haut Queers Dual Binaries of Sexual and National Identity.” A New History of German Cinema. Ed. Jennifer M. Kapczynski and Michael D. Richardson. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. 596-601.
- “Literature and Loss, Death and Desire: Toward a Vocabulary of Queer Attraction in Karl Philipp Moritz’s Anton Reiser.” Karl Philipp Moritz: Signaturen des Denkens [Karl Philipp Moritz: Signatures of Thought]. Ed. Anthony Krupp. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 45-64.
- “Mother Sleuth and the Queer Kid: Decoding Sexual Identities in Maria Gronau’s Detective Novels.” Questions of Identity in Detective Fiction. Ed. Linda Martz and Anita Higgie. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 19-35.
- “Queer Elements: The Poetics and Politics of Antje Rávic Strubel’s Literary Style.” Women in German Yearbook 30 (2014): 44-73.
- “Dialogues with Tradition: Feminist-Queer Encounters in German Crime Stories at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.” Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Return of Feminism in Germany. Hester Baer. Special issue of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature 35.1 (2011): 114-135.
- “Out and Undercover: The Closeted Detective in Lisa Pei’s Die letzte Stunde.” Sexual-Textual Border-Crossings: Lesbian Identity in German-Language Literature, Film, and Culture. Ed. Cordula Böcking-Politis and Carrie Smith-Prei. Special issue of Germanistik in Ireland 5 (2010): 125-142.
- “Of Herrings Red and Lavender: Reading Crime and Identity in Queer Detective Fiction.” Lesbian Crime Fiction. Ed. Jacky Collins. Special issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection2 (2009): 33-44.