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Faye Stewart

Associate Professor    Associate Chair    

Ph.D., Indiana University


Twentieth and Twenty-First Century German and Austrian Literature, Film, and Popular Culture; Gender and Sexuality Studies.


Faye Stewart’s teaching and scholarly interests include diversity and social justice, citizenship and belonging, and gender and sexuality. She teaches all levels of German language, culture, film, and literature. As a native speaker of English and French and former Director of Undergraduate Studies in World Languages & Cultures, Dr. Stewart promotes the study of all languages, both at GSU and around the world. Her own experiences with language learning and living abroad have been transformative—including studying Spanish, German, and Dutch as an undergraduate and graduate student, and adventures in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Graz as a student and an instructor.

She received a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from Indiana University in 2007 with a minor in Communication and Culture: Film and Media Studies. She taught at Southwestern University as Visiting Brown Junior Scholar for one year before joining the faculty at Georgia State University in 2008.

Her research focuses on German and European cultural studies, popular media, and German, Austrian, and Swiss literature and cinema of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has published extensively on the feminist and queer mystery genre, including several articles, book chapters, and the book German Feminist Queer Crime Fiction: Politics, Justice and Desire (McFarland, 2014). This study of popular crime stories by feminist writers—including Pieke Biermann, Edith Kneifl, Christine Lehmann, and Ingrid Noll—investigates sociopolitical transformations in Germany and Austria from perspectives informed by genre studies and queer theory. Other publications take feminist and queer approaches to both historical and contemporary texts, including studies of Karl Philipp Moritz’s 18th-century psychological novel Anton Reiser, the work of the critically acclaimed Antje Rávic Strubel, and Angelina Maccarone’s transnational film Fremde Haut (Unveiled). Current research interests include refugees and asylum politics, Muslim belonging in Europe, East German film, citizenship and space in queer cinema, and debates about capital punishment since World War II. Dr. Stewart is the coeditor of Gender and Sexuality in East German Film: Intimacy and Alienation (Camden House, 2018, with Kyle Frackman) and Framing Islam: Faith, Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First-Century German Culture (special issue of Colloquia Germanica, 2017, with Heidi Denzel de Tirado).

Dr. Stewart enjoys teaching German language, literature, and culture at all levels. In addition to teaching introductory and intermediate German, she offers upper-division courses in German and English on transnational literature and film, globalization and democracy, queer culture, race and ethnicity in German-speaking Europe, women’s writing and cinema, representations of the Holocaust, and German society from 1871 to the 21st century.

At GSU, Dr. Stewart is affiliated with the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Human Rights and Democracy. She regularly speaks at professional conferences and has held office in regional and national organizations. She is an active member of the MetroGerman Group of Atlanta, the Southeast German Studies Consortium, the Coalition of Women in German, and the German Studies Association.

When she is not teaching or writing, Dr. Stewart loves to travel. Her favorite destination is Berlin, where she enjoys exploring the city by bicycle, browsing in bookstores and open-air markets, going to festivals, sampling cheeses, walking along the canal in Kreuzberg, and hiking and swimming in Brandenburg’s many forests and lakes. At home in Decatur, she is an avid spectator of heist movies, social documentaries, and gritty foreign films.



Edited Volumes and Journal Issues

  • Gender and Sexuality in East German Film: Intimacy and Alienation. Coedited with Kyle Frackman. Volume with twelve chapters and a coauthored introduction (1–21). Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018. 285 pages.
  • Framing Islam: Faith, Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First-Century German Culture. Coedited with Heidi Denzel de Tirado. Special double issue with seven articles and a coauthored introduction (3–8). Colloquia Germanica1­–2 (2014/2017). 179 pages.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Who Is the ‘Third’? Homosociality and Queer Desire in Der Dritte.” Gender and Sexuality in East German Film: Intimacy and Alienation. Ed. Kyle Frackman and Faye Stewart. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018. 84–103.
  • “Queer Approaches.” Forum on “Feminism in German Studies.” Contemporary Writing by Women. German Quarterly2 (2018): 204–07.
  • “Filming Faith and Desire: Encoding and Decoding Identities in Angelina Maccarone’s Fremde Haut.” Framing Islam: Faith, Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First-Century German Culture. Heidi Denzel de Tirado and Faye Stewart. Special issue of Colloquia Germanica 47.1-2 (2014/2017): 157–78.
  • “Das Politische und das Kulturkritische in den Romanen Antje Rávic Strubels.” Antje Rávic Strubel – Schlupfloch: Literatur. Ed. Andreas Erb. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2016. 63–84.
  • Der Frauenkrimi: Women’s Crime Writing in German.” Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi. Ed. Katharina Hall. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2016. 100–14.
  • “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. Ed. Sandra Beck and Katrin Schneider-Özbek. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2015. 143–66.