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Stacy Hartman

Ph.D. Candidate in German Studies

Stacy Hartman did her undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz, where she studied modern German literature and feminist theory. In 2005 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship and spent the 2005-2006 academic year living in in the northern German city of Lübeck, teaching in a local high school and learning to love marzipan. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in German Studies with Distinction at the University of Manchester, where she studied (among other things) Turkish-German literature and literature of dictatorship, and wrote her M.A. thesis, entitled "At a Crossroads between Paris and Moscow: Latin America, Sinn und Form, and the Socialist Republic of Letters 1949-1981."

Stacy's dissertation, tentatively titled "The Ethics of Emotion: The Dialectic of Empathy and Estrangement in Postwar German Literature and Film," uses principles of cognitive science to explore how post-1945 German literature and film seeks to disrupt emotion-based moral decision-making processes in its readers and viewers (please see CV for a full abstract). Her other current research interests include the broader use of cognitive science in literary study (especially cognitive metaphor theory), the literature of exile and dictatorship, and gender and sexuality in literature and film. She also has an ongoing interest in the construction of ideology and ethics in children's literature and popular culture.


"‘A Romance with One’s Own Fantasy’: The Nostalgia of Exile in Anna Seghers’s Mexico." Edinburgh German Yearbook, Volume 3: Contested Legacies: Constructions of Cultural Heritage in the GDR. Ed. Matthew Philpotts and Sabine Rolle. New York: Camden House, 2009.

Recent Presentations

"Slippery as an Eel: Disgust, Empathy, and Estrangement in the First Book of Die Blechtrommel," German Studies Association Conference, October 2013.

"'False Leads and Cold Cases': The Insolubility of History in Michael Chabon's The Final Solution," Vanderbilt University, German Studies Graduate Student Conference, March 2012.

"White Ribbons and Purifying Punishments: The Metaphoric Construction of Morality in Das weiße Band," Stanford University, German Studies Colloquium, March 2012.

Teaching Experience


English as a foreign language. Germany, Ecuador, and the United States.

At Stanford:

German 1-3. German language first year courses, taught in German. Responsibilities included helping intermediate and novice speakers advance to the intermediate-mid level in German; use of the textbook Deutsch: Na Klar!; use of multimedia, including films, online videos, computerized oral and written exams. Concentration on oral proficiency. 2011-2012.

German 21. Reading short stories, and review of German structure. Discussions in German, short compositions, videos.

German 182, "War and Warfare in Germany." German literature and film, 19th-20th centuries. Co-taught with Professor Russell Berman as part of the Teagle Project


PhD German Studies, Stanford University, Stanford CA (2010-present)

MA German Studies (Distinction), University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (2007-2008)

BA Modern Literature and Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (2001-2005)


GERMAN 127 Modernity, Memory, Mourning: 20th Century German Short Fiction

Through a sampling of short stories and novellas from 1918 to 1952, this course will explore major historical and cultural questions related to Germany in the early 20th century. Students will develop an understanding of recent German history and of how German writers have chosen to engage with this history in various ways. Themes will include the impact of modernity on the individual, violence and war, fascism and its effect on personal agency, exile and mourning, memory and trauma, and tradition and its breakdown. Authors include Kafka, Mann, Seghers, and Böll. Readings and discussion in German.