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David Levin

Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Studies, Committees on Cinema & Media Studies and Theater & Performance Studies, and the College

Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Berkeley

Since joining the faculty at Chicago, I have taught courses in German Cinema (Weimar & New German Cinema) (CMST 32900); feminist film theory; theories of spectacle (GER 238/CMS 223); performance theory (CMST 48700); and the intersections of cinema, theater, and opera (CMST 378). Recently, my research and teaching have been organized around questions of performance. (The same holds for my institutional identity: I'm currently chairing the newly constituted Committee on Theater and Performance Studies.) In addition to my academic work, I have spent a number of years working as a dramaturg, mostly in Germany, (e.g., at the Frankfurt Opera, the Bremen Opera, and the Frankfurt Ballet) but also, more recently, at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the Spring of 2006, I became executive editor of the Opera Quarterly and hope to resituate the journal at the intersection of theory, history, and stage practice.

Before joining the faculty at Chicago, I taught at Columbia University, where I served on the faculties in Germanic Languages, Theatre, and Gender Studies. In my last two years at Columbia, I served as co-chair, with Rosalind Morris, of the Columbia Seminar on Cinema & Interdisciplinary Interpretation.

Field Specialties:
German Cinema (Weimar and New German Cinema); theories of spectacle; melodrama; performance theory; intersections of cinema, theater, and opera.

Selected Publications:
  • Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky. University of Chicago Press. Forthcoming.

  • Richard Wagner, Fritz Lang, and the Nibelungen: The Dramaturgy of Disavowal. Princeton University Press. Princeton Studies in Opera. 1998.

  • "War of the White Roses: Resistance, Reification, and Community in The Nasty Girl, The White Rose, and Five Last Days" in: Germanic Review, nr. 73.1 (Winter 1998): pp. 86-100.

  • "Are We Sisters Yet? The Rhetoric of Reconciliation in Percy Adlon's Bagdad Cafe" in: Triangulated Visions: Gender, Race, and New German Cinema, ed. I. Majer-O'Sickey. SUNY Press. 1998.

  • "Operatic School for Scandal: Atom Egoyan directs Richard Strauss's Salome" in: Performing Arts Journal #55 (January 1997). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 52-57.

  • Guest Co-Editor: New German Critique, nr. 69 (Fall 1996) on Richard Wagner. Contributors include Christina von Braun, Elisabeth Bronfen, Andreas Huyssen, Michael Steinberg, and Slavoj Zizek.

  • "Taking Liberties with Liberties Taken: On the Aesthetic Politics of Helke Sander's Liberators take Liberties." October #72 (Spring 1995), MIT Press. pp. 65-77.

  • Opera Through Other Eyes. Edited this series of essays on opera by literary and cultural theorists, including Theodor W. Adorno, Peggy Kamuf, Friedrich Kittler, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean Starobinski, Klaus Theweleit, Samuel Weber, and Slavoj Zizek. (Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ. Press). 1994.

  • Contact Information:
    Germanic Studies
    The University of Chicago
    1050 E 59th St.
    Chicago, IL 60637
    Office: (773) 702-8532

    [Department Members][Cinema Media Studies][Resource Faculty]
    August 11, 2006