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Rachel Palfreyman

Associate Professor in German Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

I teach German cinema, German history and German language. My modules include 'Heimat' in the German Cinema; Weimar Film; The Historikerstreit and German Identity; Sex, Gender and Society in Modern… read more

Research Summary

German cinema, the concept of Heimat.

Recent Publications

I teach German cinema, German history and German language. My modules include 'Heimat' in the German Cinema; Weimar Film; The Historikerstreit and German Identity; Sex, Gender and Society in Modern Germany; and Beginners' German Language. At MA level I also teach on the module Constructing Identities, and (for the Film Studies MA) I have also taught on and convened the module European Avant-Garde Cinemas.

Past Research

Edgar Reitz's Heimat; the Heimat genre; terrorism in German cinema; the critical Heimat film

Publications:

'The fourth generation: legacies of violence as quest for identity in post-unification terrorism films', in German Cinema since Unification ed. by David Clarke (London: continuum, 2006), pp. 11-42

Modern Times? German Literature and Arts Beyond Political Chronologies. Kontinuitäten der Kultur: 1925-1955, ed. by Gustav Frank, Rachel Palfreyman, Stefan Scherer (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2005)

'A Thoroughly Modern Auteur: Reconstructing Die freudlose Gasse/Constructing G. W. Pabst', in Modern Times? German Literature and Arts Beyond Political Chronologies. Kontinuitäten der Kultur: 1925-1955, pp. 335-52

'Green Strands on the Silver Screen? Heimat and Environment in the German Cinema', in The Culture of German Environmentalism: Anxieties, Visions, Realities ed. by Axel Goodbody (New York/Oxford: Berghahn, 2002), pp. 171-86

Elizabeth Boa and Rachel Palfreyman, Heimat - A German Dream: Regional Loyalties and National Identity in German Culture 1890-1990, Oxford: OUP, 2000

Edgar Reitz's Heimat: Histories, Traditions, Fictions, Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2000

'Viewers and Villagers: Realism and Authenticity in Edgar Reitz's Heimat' in German Studies Towards the Millennium: CUTG Keele 1999, eds Chris Hall and David Rock, Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2000, pp. 77-89

`Reflections of the `Heimat' Genre: Intertextual Reference in Reitz's Heimat', German Life and Letters, October 1997, 50: 4 (Women's Studies Special Number), pp. 529-43; reprinted in Littler, Margaret, ed., Gendering German Studies: New Perspectives on German Literature and Culture, Oxford: Blackwell, 1997

  • PALFREYMAN, R., 2013. Animal magic: shape-shifting bodies in Lotte Reiniger's Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed University of Nottingham eRepository. Available at: <http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/2178>
  • 2012. '6 August 1984: Heimat celebrated as "European Requiem for the Little People"'. In: JENNIFER M. KAPCZYNSKI, ed., A New History of German Cinema Camden House. 483-489
  • PALFREYMAN, RACHEL, 2011. Beyond Borders and across Genre Boundaries: Critical Heimat in Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Inheritors. In: VON DASSANOWSKY, ROBERT and SPECK, OLIVER C., eds., New Austrian Film New York: Berghahn. 292-306
  • PALFREYMAN, R., 2011. Life and death in the shadows: Lotte Reiniger's "Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed" German Life and Letters. 64(1), 6-18
  • LITTLER, MARGARET, MEYER, FRANZISKA and PALFREYMAN, RACHEL, 2011. Sex and Politics: Introduction German Life and Letters. 64(1), 1-5
  • PALFREYMAN, R., 2011. Play for today: situationist protests and uncanny encounters in Hans Weingartner's The Edukators (2004). In: COOKE, P. and HOMEWOOD, C., eds., New directions in German cinema I.B. Tauris. 166-185
  • PALFREYMAN, R., 2010. Links and chains: trauma between the generations in the Heimat mode. In: COOKE, P. and SILBERMAN, M., eds., Screening war: perspectives on German suffering Camden House. 145-164
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 2007. Once upon a time in the critical <i>Heimat</i> film: <i>Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach</i> and <i>Die Siebtelbauern</i>. In: RECHTIEN, R. and VON OPPEN, K., eds., Local/Global narratives Amsterdam: Rodopi. 39-61
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 2006. The fourth generation: legacies of violence as quest for identity in post-unification terrorism films. In: CLARKE, D., ed., German cinema since unification London: Continuum. 11-42
  • FRANK, G., PALFREYMAN, R.J. and SCHERER, S., eds., 2005. Modern times?: German literature and arts beyond political chronologies / Kontinuitäten der Kultur, 1925-1955 Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag.
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 2005. A thoroughly modern auteur: reconstructing <i>Die freudlose Gasse</i> / constructing G.W. Pabst. In: FRANK, G., PALFREYMAN, R.J. and SCHERER, S., eds., Modern times?: German literature and arts beyond political chronologies / Kontinuitäten der Kultur, 1925-1955 Bielefeld : Aisthesis Verlag. 335-352
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 2002. Green strands on the silver screen? <i>Heimat</i> and environment in the German cinema. In: GOODBODY, A., ed., The culture of German environmentalism: anxieties, visions, realities New York: Berghahn. 171-186
  • BOA, E.J. and PALFREYMAN, R.J., 2000. Heimat : a German dream : regional loyalties and national identity in German culture, 1890-1990 Oxford : Oxford University Press.
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 2000. Viewers and Villagers:Realism and Authenticity in Edgar Reitz's Heimat In: German Studies towards the Millennium. 77-89
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 2000. Edgar Reitz's "Heimat" : histories, traditions, fictions Oxford : Peter Lang.
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 1999. Entry on 'Heimat'. In: SANDFORD, J., ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary German Culture London : Routledge. 281-282
  • PALFREYMAN, R.J., 1997. Reflections of the 'Heimat Genre': Intertextual Reference in Reitz's Heimat German Life and Letters. VOL 50(NUMBER 4), 529-543

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