Alice Kuzniar


Alice Kuzniar Literary and cultural studies (animal studies, Romanticism, gender studies, homeopathy)

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Professor of German at the University of Waterloo since 2008 and cross-appointed with English.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario. Lived in Mississauga, Ontario 1966-1978.
Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1983-2008.
Visiting Guest Professor at Princeton University (1990), Rutgers University (2002), and University of Minnesota (2006).
Guest Lecturer at Harvard University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Washington University, University of Washington, University of California, Davis, University of California, Berkeley, Brandeis University, Iowa State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toronto, York University.
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.
Chair in Croatian Studies 2010-12.


  • PhD (Princeton)
  • MA (Princeton) 
  • BA (Toronto)

Selected publications


Kuzniar, Alice. The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism.  University of Toronto Press, 2017.
Kuzniar, Alice. Melancholia’s Dog: Reflections on Our Animal Kinship. University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Kuzniar, Alice. The Queer German Cinema. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.
Kuzniar, Alice, ed. Outing Goethe and His Age. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996. 
Kuzniar, Alice. Delayed Endings: Nonclosure in Novalis and Hölderlin. Athens GA: University of Georgia Press, 1987. Winner of the 1985 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Award Competition. 

Recent articles

Kuzniar, Alice. “Similia similibus curentur: Homeopathy and its Magic Wand of Analogy.” Forthcoming in Literary Studies and the Pursuit of Reading. Ed. Eric Downing, Jonathan Hess, and Richard Benson. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. 130-47.
Kuzniar, Alice. “Diasporic Queers: Reading for the Intersections of Alterities in Recent German Cinema.” Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria. Ed. Gabriele Mueller and James Skidmore. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012. 245-64.
Kuzniar, Alice. “Rape, the Unspeakable War Crime: An Interview with Novelist Slavenka Drakulić and Filmmaker Juanita Wilson on the Award-Winning Filmic Rendition of As If I Am Not There.” Cineaction 86 (2011): 37-41.
Kuzniar, Alice. “Where is the Animal after Posthumanism? Quivering Life in Sue Coe’s Art.” Special Issue of The New Centennial Review, edited by David Clark, on “The Animal . . . in Theory” 11.2 (2011): 17-40.
Kuzniar, Alice. “Uncanny Doublings and Asian Rituals in Recent Films by Treut, Dörrie, and Ottinger.” Women in German Yearbook 27 (2011): 176-99.
Kuzniar, Alice. “Sublime Shame.” Gay and Lesbian Quarterly 15.3 (2009): 501-14.
Kuzniar, Alice. “The Post-Pop Hauntings of Bjørn Melhus.” After the Avant-Garde. Ed. Randall Halle and Reinhild Steingröver. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2008. 181-203. Translated into Spanish for MEACVAD, Muestra Euroamericana de Cine, Video y Arte Digital.
Kuzniar, Alice. “ ‘I Married My Dog’: On Queer Canine Literature,” Queering the Non/Human, ed. Noreen Giffney and Myrna Hird. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2008. 205-26.
Kuzniar, Alice. “The New Media Artist and the Matrix: Telemediation and the Virtual World of Bjørn Melhus.” The Cosmopolitan Screen: German Cinema and the Global Imaginary. 1945 to the Present. Ed. Stephan K. Schindler and Lutz Koepnick. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. 269-85.
Kuzniar, Alice. “’It’s not often that I want a man’: Reading for a Queer Marlene.” Dietrich Icon, ed. Gerd Gemünden and Mary Desjardins. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. 239-58. 


Graduate classes

  • German Romanticism with Dark Romanticisms

  • Becoming Animal
  • From Freud to Lacan: Psychoanalysis in Literary and Visual Studies
  • German Romanticism
  • German Romantic Ecology
  • Deviant Desires in 19th-Century Short Prose Fiction

Undergraduate classes

  • Introduction to World Cinema
  • German Romantic Tales: Grim(m), Occult, Uncanny
  • Global Queer Cinema
  • German Film Classics
  • Lola, Lotte, and Lulu: Women in German Cinema
University of Waterloo

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