Scholarship: Memory Studies • History and Trauma • Literature • Memoirs and Autobiographies • Memorial Practices
Angelika Bammer was trained in the theory and practice of textual analysis with an emphasis on narrative. After studying philology at the University of Heidelberg, she focused on modern literature and cultural production, including film, earning a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Within the broad range of critical theories she brings to bear on her work, she is particularly grounded in feminist, Marxist, Freudian, and post-structuralist critical thought.
At Emory University, she is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities in The Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and the Department of Comparative. Her work explores the relationships between history, memory and forms of memorialization, and between narrative and images and the modalities of love and loss. She is interested in modes of academic production and the differential valuation of the processes and products of intellectual work.
She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the National Humanities Center and is the author of Partial Visions: Feminism and Utopianism in the 1970s (Routledge, 1991), the editor of Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question (Indiana UP, 1994), and a special issue of and the producer of the Cultural Studies journal, New Formations on “The Question of ‘Home’” (1992). A multi-media installation of her work on Memory Sites: Destruction, Loss and Transformation was shown at both Emory University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is writing a book on Difficult Pasts and the Work of Memory and completing a study of the trans-generational transmission of history through the example of her family’s story (Born After). She is editing a volume of essays on academic writing and creative form, How We Write: Scholarly Writing and the Power of Form.