Olivia Landry

Assistant Professor of German
Director of Film and Documentary Studies
Williams Hall Room 485
Ph.D., Indiana University


Contemporary German and transnational culture, film, and theater

Olivia Landry's research broadly spans film and media and theater and performance studies. Her first book, Movement and Performance in Berlin School Cinema, published as part of the series New Directions in National Cinemas with Indiana University Press, explores the contemporary film movement the Berlin School through a recalibration of the body, movement, spectacle, sensation, and spectatorship in cinema. Olivia's second book, Theatre of Anger: Radical Transnational Performance in Contemporary Berlin (University of Toronto Press), examines contemporary transnational theater in Berlin through the affective-political scope of anger as an attributed and justified affect that responds to social injustice. This book presents a return to political theater and a rethinking of the novel ways in which art and resistance intersect. Olivia's third book investigates how documentary film can challenge conventions of listening and recording shaped by histories of colonial ethnography and extraction. A Decolonizing Ear: Documentary Film Disrupts the Archive is forthcoming with University of Toronto Press.

Olivia completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, she was a Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. After that, Olivia spent a year at Stanford University as the William H. Bonsall Acting Assistant Professor of German. Her research has been supported by grants from SSHRCC, DAAD, and the Humboldt Foundation.

Courses taught at Lehigh:
German Language (all levels)
German through Graphic Novels
German Theater Performance
German Horror Films
Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Death, Mystery, Trauma: A Survey of German Literature
Race, Migration, and Identity in German Cinema
Truth, Lies & Film: Germany through Documentary
World Stories: Literary Expressions of Globalization




Theatre of Anger: Radical Transnational Performance in Contemporary Berlin (University of Toronto Press, 2020).




Movement and Performance in Berlin School Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2019).




Articles & Book Chapters

"A Gendered Suspension of Time: Waiting in the Cinema of Angela Schanelec," in Between Ambivalence and Ambition: The Politics of (Post)Feminist Film Practice in Twenty-first Century German Cinema, special issue of Feminist German Studies Yearbook, ed. Angelica Fenner and Barbara Mennel (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2022).

"From Elif to Esty?: Unorthodox and Turkish German Cinema's Captivity Narrative," Camera Obscura 110, 37:2 (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2022).

"Clowns in Exile: Hamletmachine and the (In)human," in Germany from Outside: Rethinking Cultural History in the Age of Displacement, ed. Laurie Ruth Johnson (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2022).

"Intimate Recordings: Mediated Acts of Touching in Future Lasts Forever and Giraffe," Studies in European Cinema (Taylor & Francis, pulished online 2022): 1-17.

"Schwarz tragen: Blackness, Performance, and the Utopian in Contemporary German Theater," in Minority Discourses in Germany Since 1990, ed. Ela E. Gezen, Priscilla Layne, Jonathan Skolnik (Berghahn, 2022): 99-118.

"Stereographic Scenography: Ersan Mondtag's (Post)Colonial Frame in De Living," Contemporary Theatre Review 30:4 (Taylor & Francis, 2020): 441–455.

"Turkish Delights with an Aftertaste: Eroticism and Necropolitics in Turkish Trans Crime Fiction," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 16:3 (Duke University Press, 2020): 245–263.

"Crisis of Cinema/Cinema of Crisis: The Car Crash and the Berlin School," in Cinema of Crisis: Film in Contemporary Europe, eds. Thomas Austin and Angelos Koutsourakis (Edinburgh University Press, 2020): 105–118.

"The Beauty and Violence of Horror Vacui: Waiting in Christian Petzold’s Transit (2018)," The German Quarterly 93: 1 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020): 90–105.

"Pre-Face, Sur-Face, Inter-Face, Post-Face: The Horror Story of Goodnight Mommy," Discourse 41:1 (Wayne State University Press, 2020): 90–111.

"East German Letters to Angela Davis: From Myth to Solidarities Unfolding," Feminist Media Studies 21:7 (Taylor & Francis, published online in 2020): 1–17.

"Searching for a Storyteller, Remediating the Archive: Philip Scheffner's The Halfmoon Files," New German Critique 46:3 (Duke University Press, 2019): 103–124.

"Torlasco's 'Philosophy in the Kitchen': Image, Domestic Labor, and the Gendered Embodiment of Time," co-authored with Christinia Landry, New Review of Film and Television Studies 17:4 (Taylor & Francis, 2019): 1–25.

"Anger as Theatrical Form in Sasha Marianna Salzmann's Zucken," in Postdramatisches Theater als transkulturelles Theater. Eine transdisziplinäre Annäherung, eds. Teresa Kovacs and Koku G. Nonoa (Forum Modernes Theater, Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempo Verlag, 2018): 335–348.

"On the Politics of Love and Trans-Migrant Theater in Germany," TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 5:1 (Duke University Press, 2018): 30-48. 

"Color/blindness and Sheri Hagen’s Auf den zweiten Blick," Black Camera: An International Journal 9:1 (Indiana University Press, 2017): 62-79. 

"A Body without a Face: The Disorientation of Trauma in Phoenix (2014) and New Holocaust Cinema," Film-Philosophy 21:2 (Edinburgh University Press, 2017): 188-205. 

"'Don't Panic I'm Islamic': Voicing Resistance through Documentary," in Framing Islam: Faith Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First-Century German Culture, special issue of Colloquiua Germanica, eds. Anna Faye Stewart and Heidi Dorothea Denzel, 47:1–2 (A. Franke Verlag, 2014): 83–106. (appeared 2017)

"Greek Dispossession Staged, or When Street Politics Meets the Theater," TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World 10:2 (online, 2016). 

"Jewish Joke Telling in Muttersprache Mameloschn: Performing Queer Intervention on the German Stage," Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 26:1 (Taylor & Francis, 2016): 36-54. 

"'Wir sind alle Oranienplatz!' Space for Refugees and Social Justice in Berlin," in The New Berlin, special issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, eds. Karin Bauer and Jennifer Hosek, 51:4 (University of Toronto Press, 2015): 398-413. 

"Dance and the Theatricality of Berlin School Cinema," The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 89:1 (Taylor & Francis, 2014), 1–19. 

"German Youth Against Sarrazin: Nurkan Erpulat’s Verrücktes Blut and Clash as Political Theatre of Experience," in 51 Jahre türkische Gastarbeitermigration in Deutschland, special issue of Jahrbuch Türkisch-deutsche Studien 3, eds. Seyda Ozil, Michael Hofmann, Yasemin Dayıoglu-Yücel, (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012), 105–121. 

"Verbal Performance in Dorothea Tieck’s Translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets," Women in German Yearbook 28, eds. Margaret Lamb-Faffelberger and Elizabeth Ametsbichler, (University of Nebraska Press, 2012), 1–22. 

Short essays:

"Rethinking Migration: The Intervention of Theater," in Forum: Migration, The Germany Quarterly, ed. Carl Niekerk, 90:2 (Wiley Press, 2017): 222-224.