Wilfried Wilms

Associate Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Languages & Literatures

What I do

I am an Associate Professor of German Studies and teach German language, literature, film and philosophy in the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Professional Biography

Associate Prof. of German Studies (PhD. Indiana University, 2000). My research focuses on the history, memory and representation of war/conflict in literature and film. I am currently working on a book project that discusses the Weimar "Mountain Film" of the 1920s and early 1930s in the context of World War I and the ensuing affect of defeat. I have published on a range of authors and issues pertaining to German culture from the 18th century to the present.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., German Studies, Indiana University, 2000

Research

My research focuses on the history, memory and representation of war/conflict in literature and film. I am currently working on a book project that discusses the Weimar "Mountain Film" of the 1920s and early 1930s in the context of World War I and the ensuing affect of defeat.

Featured Publications

Wilms, W. (2019). Eduard Pichl: Climber, Functionary, Anti-Semite. In (Vol. Mountains and the German Mind: Translations from Gessner to Messner, 1541-2009). USA: Camden House.
Wilms, W. (2015). Mountains Ablaze: The Alpine War 1915-1918. Weber - The Contemporary West, Fall 2015(32.1), 16-25.
Wilms, W. (2017). The Alps as Lebensraum: Cinematic Representations of the Alpine War and the South Tyrol Question in 1930s Germany. German Studies Review. Yes; It Plays Into My Book Project On Weimar Mountain Film.
Wilms, W. (2016). Regaining Mobility: The Aviator in Weimar Mountain Films. In Continuity and Crisis in German Cinema (1928-1936) (pp. 167-186). Rochester, NY: Camden House.

Presentations

  • “Narrating the Alpine War – Luis Trenker and ‘the Heroes of Narvik’.”
  • “The Alps as Volkssanatorium for a Defeated Nation: The Changing Nature of Alpinism during and after the War.”
  • Mountains as Monuments: The White War in the Publications of the Alpine Club.”
  • The Alps as German Lebensraum: Cinematic Representations of the Alpine War.”