Alice Kuzniar

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


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


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.

Professor of German at the University of Waterloo since 2008 and cross-appointed with English.

University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo.

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Graduate classes

  • 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

Selected publications


Kuzniar, Alice. The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism. University of Toronto Press, 2017. Recipient of the 2017 Hans-Walz-Förderpreis für Arbeiten zur Homöopathiegeschichte, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Kuzniar, Alice. Melancholia’s Dog: Reflections on Our Animal Kinship. University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Kuzniar, Alice. The Queer German Cinema. Stanford University Press, 2000.

Kuzniar, Alice, ed. Outing Goethe and His Age. 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. “'Infinitesimalmedizin' bei Novalis und Hahnemann.” Forthcoming in Blütenstaub - Jahrbuch für Frühromantik 6 (2018).

Kuzniar, Alice. “Hesitancy and Hovering: Irony, Camp, and Fetishism" in Mädchen in Uniform. Forthcoming Seminar.

Kuzniar, Alice. “Precarious Sexualities:  Queer Challenges to Psychoanalytic and Social Identity Categorization.”  Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory. Ed. Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson. Punctum books, 2017. 51-76.

Kuzniar, Alice. “Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Unser täglich Brot: Preservation, the Food Industry, and the Interrogation of Visual Evidence.” Exhibiting the German Past: Museums, Film, and Musealization. Ed. Gabriele Mueller and Peter McIsaac. University of Toronto Press, 2015. 63-80.

Kuzniar, Alice. “Irena Vrkljan’s Autobiographical Prose between Zagreb and Berlin (A Critique of a Monolingual Germanistik.” Seminar 49.3 (2013): 261-80.

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.