Susanne Vees-Gulani

Section Head, Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Guilford House 104

Susanne Vees-Gulani is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined CWRU in 2006. Dr. Vees-Gulani serves as Co-Director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies. In the past, she has served as Associate Director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Associate Director of World Literature at CWRU.

Her research focuses on 20th and 21st Century German culture, history, and literature. She is particularly interested in representations of war, architecture and identity formation, postwar reconstruction, photography, tourism, the far-right in German politics, and trauma and memory studies. She is the author of Trauma and Guilt: Literature of Wartime Bombing in Germany (2003), co-editor of Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture (2010), and co-editor of the special issue of the journal Seminar on “Representations of German War Experiences from the Eighteenth Century to the Present” (2014), She has published articles on authors such as Dieter Forte, W. G. Sebald, Ulla Hahn, and Durs Grünbein, on the rebuilding efforts in the city of Frankfurt and Dresden and the pictorial history of Dresden, as well as on the current rise of far-right parties and movements in Germany. She is currently finishing her book manuscript “Icon Dresden: Baroque City, Air War Symbol, Political Token.”

Dr. Vees-Gulani has been awarded competitive fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Baker-Nord Center, as well as grants from the Max Kade Foundation and the Ohio Council for the Humanities, among others. She has also been a Freedman Fellow at CWRU for digital projects. She is a recipient of an Expanding Horizons grant from the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU.

Dr. Vees-Gulani teaches courses in German language, literature, and culture, as well as world literature. Recent classes include “Introduction to German Literature,” “Germany and the Nazi Past,” “War and Memory,” “Generational Shifts and Identity in German Culture after 1945,” “Germany: Basics in Politics, History, and Society,” “21st Century Literature and Film – Reorientations in German Culture,” “The Development and Significance of the City in Germany from the Middle Ages to the Present,” “How Germans Say It (and See It)”