Caroline Schaumann, PhD

Professor of German Studies

German Studies

Office Hours: by appointment

Office: 325 Modern Languages Building

Phone: (404) 712-8555


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory University

532 Kilgo Circle
Modern Languages Building

Atlanta , Georgia 30322


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis


Teaching Fields: Contemporary German literature and culture, Nineteenth-Century Alpine Exploration and Mountaineering, Ecocriticism, Postwar and post-Wall German culture, German-Jewish literature, German cinema.

A native of Berlin, Caroline Schaumann received her Ph.D. in German Studies at the University of California at Davis, with designated emphases in Critical Theory as well as Feminist Theory and Research. After teaching as a visiting assistant professor at Middlebury College, she joined the Department of German Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Memory Matters: Generational Responses to Germany's Nazi Past in Recent Women's Literature (Walter De Gruyter, 2008) that considers contemporary German literature and German-Jewish literature in the aftermath of the Holocaust with a specific emphasis on the changing discourse after German reunification. Schaumann held a DAAD Research Stay Fellowship and Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to complete her recent research project in Berlin and Potsdam. In 2018, she received the Robert B. Hascall Faculty Sustainability Innovator Award from Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives.

Schaumann's current research focuses predominantly on ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, cultural histories of exploration and mountaineering, and the Anthropocene. Looking at a transnational dialogue within Europe that eventually crossed over to the Americas, her book project, Peak Pursuits: The Emergence of Mountaineering in the Nineteenth Century (under contract with Yale University Press) examines depictions of exploration in the Alps, Andes, and the Sierra Nevada. In a peculiar mixture of masculinity, sublimity, science, and suffering, European explorers created the vernacular of mountaineering as a promise of vicarious risk while making their mountain adventures marketable to an emerging and interested middle class. These nineteenth-century representations of exploration and mountaineering in the Andes, Alps, and Sierra Nevada inform our culturally constructed notions of nature, wilderness, and identity to this day.

This research also resulted in Mountains and the German Mind, a co-edited anthology (with Sean Ireton) introducing and translating key text from the German cultural history of alpinism (under contract with Camden House). The previous co-edited (with Sean Ireton) anthology Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century (2012), examined the lure of mountains in German literature, philosophy, film, music, and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, with a focus on the interaction between humans and the alpine environment. With Heather I. Sullivan, she edited German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene (Palgrave, 2017), an anthology gathering essays on both canonical and non-canonical German-language texts and films. In addition to these, she has published over thirty research articles on Alexander von Humboldt, mountain films, hybrid environments, the Anthropocene, and memory cultures.

Schaumann is an affiliated faculty with Jewish Studies, Film Studies, and the Sustainability Minor and teaches an entire range of German and interdisciplinary courses at Emory, from freshman seminars and German as a second language to and advanced courses on German literature and culture, German film, and the sustainability core course.




Forthcoming: Peak Pursuits: The Emergence of Mountaineering in the Nineteenth Century 

New Haven: Yale UP, 2020.

Memory Matters: Generational Responses to Germany’s Nazi Past in Recent Women’s Literature Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008.

Reviewed in: German Quarterly 84.2 (Spring 2011): 264-65; Gegenwartsliteratur 9 (2010): 351-54, Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 129.2 (2010): 317-18; Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 9.2 (2010): 275-58 and 284-86; German Studies Review 33.1 (2010): 229-30; Monatshefte 102.1 (2010): 126-27; Germanistik 50 (2009); Women in German Newsletter 111 (2009): 14-15; Choice 46.6 (2009): 1101.

Edited Books

Forthcoming: Mountains and the German Mind: Translations from Gessner to Messner, 1541-2009

Co-Edited with Sean Ireton. Rochester: Camden House, 2020.

German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene

Co-edited with Heather Sullivan. In the series Literature, Cultures, and the Environment, edited by Ursula Heise. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Reviewed in: Monatshefte 111.1 (2019): 117-35; German Studies Review 42.3 (2019): 418-21; Goethe Yearbook 26 (2019): 336-39.

Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to Twenty-First Century

Co-edited with Sean Ireton. Rochester: Camden House. June 2012 .  In Paperback: April 2017.

Reviewed in: Monatshefte 107.4 (2015); Seminar 50.3 (2014); Forum for Modern Language Studies 50.1 (2014): 126; The Modern Language Review 109.2 (2014) 526-28; German Quarterly 86.2 (2013): 230-3; Ecozon@ 12.2 (2013): 244-45; Journal of European Studies 43.2 (2013): 182-84; German Studies Review 36.2 (2013): 417-18; Choice 50.07 (March 2013).

Articles in Refereed Journals and Books:

“Tracing Romanticism in the Anthropocene: An Ecocritical Reading of Ludwig Tieck’s The Rune Mountain.” Romantic Legacies: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Contexts, ed. Shun-Liang Chao and John Michael Corrigan. London: Routledge, 2019. 195-212.

"'Calamities for Future Generations’: Alexander von Humboldt as Ecologist,”
     Ecological Thought in German Literature and Culture, eds. Gabriele Duerbeck et al. Lanham: Lexington, 2017. 63-76.           

"Hybrid Environments in the Anthropocene: Recent Fiction.” Co-authored with Heather Sullivan.
     Readings in the Anthropocene: The Environmental Humanities, German Studies, and Beyond, eds. Sabine Wilke and Japhet Johnstone. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017. 38-61.

"Alexander von Humboldts Ansichten der Kordilleren zwischen Ästhetik und Erlebnissen.” 
     Tagungsband des 3. Potsdamer Alexander von Humboldt-Symposions, ed. Ottmar Ette, Julian Drews, Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 2017.

"Speaking Stones: Material Agency and Interaction in Christian Enzensberger’s Geschichte der Natur.”
     German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 165-82.

"Introduction.” Co-authored with Heather Sullivan.
     German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 7-21.

"Human and Non-human Agencies in the Anthropocene." Co-authored with Gabriele Dürbeck and Heather I. Sullivan. 
     Ecozon@ 6.1 (2015): 118-36.

“The Return of the Bergfilm: Nordwand (2008) and Nanga Parbat (2010).”
     German Quarterly 87.4 (Fall 2014): 416-39.

“Weiße Phantasien: Reinheit und Schmutz in Texten von Luis Trenker, Heinrich Harrer und Hans Ertl.”
      Literatur für Leser 14.2 (2014): 99-110.

“Humboldt’s Dirty Nature.”
     Colloquia Germanica 44.2 (2011): 133-47. Published in 2014.

“Introduction: Dirty Nature: Grit, Grime, and Genre in the Anthropocene.” Co-authored with Heather I. Sullivan.
     Colloquia Germanica 44.2 (2011): 105-09. Published in 2014.

Andorra: The Balancing Act between Pattern and Particular.” Co-written with Frank Schaumann.
     A Companion to the Works of Max Frisch. Ed. Olaf Berwald. Rochester: Camden House, 2013, 58-71.

“Overcoming Curricular Bifurcation: A Departmental Approach to Curriculum Reform.”
     Co-authored with Hiram Maxim, Peter Hoeyng, Marianne Lancaster, and Maximilian Aue.
     Die Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German 26.1 (Spring 2013): 1-26.

“Begeisterung und Ernüchterung: Der Pico de Teide in Humboldts Schilderungen.”
     Literatur für Leser 12.3 (2013): 161-72.

“Memories of Cold in the Heat of the Tropics: Hans Ertl’s Meine wilden dreißiger Jahre.”
     Colloquia Germanica 43.1-2 (2010): 97-112. Published in 2013.

“In the Alps There Is No Sin:” Passion and Purity in Erich von Stroheim’s Blind Husbands.”
     Colloquia Germanica 42.3 (2009): 213-28. Published in 2012.