Caroline Schaumann, PhD

Associate Professor of German Studies

German Studies

Office Hours: TTh 16:00 - 17:00 & by appointment

Office: 325 Modern Languages Building

Phone: (404) 712-8555


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Mailing Address:

Emory University

532 Kilgo Circle
Modern Languages Building

Atlanta , Georgia 30322


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1999


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, Schaumann joined the Department of German Studies at Emory University in 2002. She received a grant from the Holocaust Memorial Museum for developing Holocaust courses, and was part of AATG's TraiNDaF class of 2001, aimed to build future leaders in the field of teaching German. In 2006, Schaumann was awarded a grant to complete research at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. She recently received a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the Freie Universität Berlin 2010-13.

Schaumann's current research entails the representation of nature, mountains, and mountaineering in film and literature. Looking at a transnational dialogue within Europe and crossing over to South and North America, her book project examines nineteenth-century depictions of exploration in the Alps, Andes, and the Sierra Nevada. Here she considers the cultural shifts in the perception, written text, and imagery of mountains that not only reveal much about tourism, leisure, and the discontents of modernity, but also shed light on culturally constructed notions of wilderness and national identity. This research also resulted in the anthology Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century (June 2012), co-edited with Sean Ireton.  Schaumann's previous research project focused on the interaction of historical events, social change, and cultural memory. Her monograph, Memory Matters: Generational Responses to Germany's Nazi Past in Recent Women's Literature (2008), 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. In addition to the book, she has published thirteen articles in refereed journals, books, and anthologies, and presented more than twenty papers at national and international conferences.

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



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.

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.

Reviewed in: 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).

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.

Articles in Refereed Journals and Books:

"'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.

“From Meadows to Mountaintops: Albrecht von Haller’s ‘Die Alpen.’”
     Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century.
     Eds. Sean Ireton and Caroline Schaumann. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. 57-76.

“Introduction: The Meaning of Mountains: Geology, History, Culture.” Co-authored with Sean
     Ireton. Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century. Eds. Sean Ireton and Caroline Schaumann. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. 1-18.

“From Father, from Son: Generational Perspectives in Christoph Hein’s ‘Mama ist gegangen’ (2003) and Jakob
     Hein’s ‘Vielleicht ist es sogar schön’ (2004).” Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture.
     Eds. Susanne Vees-Gulani and Laurel Cohen-Pfister. Rochester: Camden House, 2010. 225-44.

“Who Measures the World? Alexander von Humboldt’s Chimborazo Climb in the Literary
     Imagination.” The German Quarterly 82.4 (Fall 2009): 447-68.