Professor of German StudiesProfessor of Comparative LiteratureThe Dartmouth Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature
Irene Kacandes, The Dartmouth Professor of German and Comparative Literature, chaired the Department of German Studies from 2008-2011. She studied at the Free University of Berlin and as a Fulbright Scholar at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. In 1991 she completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Harvard and taught at the University of Texas before coming to Dartmouth in 1994. Her interests in German range from Goethe and Kleist to Grass and Christa Wolf, and she has also published studies on Modern Greek literature. Specializing in narrative theory, cultural studies, and life writing, she has written articles concerning orality and literacy, feminist linguistics, trauma and memory studies, the Holocaust and Holocaust memoir, and experimental memoirs. In 2001 The University of Nebraska Press issued her Talk Fiction: Literature and the Talk Explosion as part of its "Frontiers of Narrative Series," and in 2009 it published Daddy's War: Greek American Stories. A Paramemoir. Fall 2015 her co-written book on mortality, Let's Talk About Death, will appear with Prometheus Books. She is the co-editor of A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies (1997); with Marianne Hirsch, of Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, published by the Modern Language Association in 2004, and with Kathryn Abrams of a special issue of Women's Studies Quarterly on "Witness." Irene has served in a number of international leadership positions, including with the International Society for the Study of Narrative and in her current capacity as President of the German Studies Association. She runs a book series on "Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies" published by de Gruyter Verlag in Berlin. Her current research concerns narrative medicine and medical humanities.
“Beauty on My Mind: Reading Literature in an Age of Cultural Studies,” The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies, M Bérubé (ed.), (2005) 156-174.
“Toujours/Encore la Shoah?” in Europe et mémoire: une liaison dangereuse?, P Carrard (trans.), (2005) 19-39.
Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, edited with M Hirsch, (2004).
Talk Fiction: Literature and the Talk Explosion , (Frontiers of Narrative Series), (2001).
A User’s Guide to German Cultural Studies , edited with S Denham and J Petropoulos, (1997).
Let's Talk about Death, with Steve Gordon (2015)
"Experimental Life Writing" in Routledge Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature. Eds. Joe Bray, Alison Gibson, Brian McHale. London: Routledge, 2012. 380-312.
"Displacement, Trauma, Language, Identity." in Women Writers at the Crossroads of Language. Eds. Valérie Cossy et al. Geneva: MetisPresses, 2009. 213-228.
Daddy's War: Greek American Stories: A Paramemoir. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2009. Paperback edition 2012.
Summer 2015: lecture at writers workshop on "Flucht/Zuflucht" in South Tirol, Italy. Fall 2015 in Washington, DC; in Spain; in Berlin and Gießen, Germany.
Works in Progress
“An Anatomy of Family Memory”
“Testimony and Witnessing after the Holocaust”
Unmapping Eastern Europe, with Yuliya Komska