A native of Germany, Vera Stegmann received her PhD in German Studies from Indiana University with a graduate minor in Comparative Literature. She also studied music, and she earned a BA and MA in Spanish at the University of Missouri. At Lehigh she teaches the full spectrum of German courses: German language, literature, film, theater, and culture. She has led international study abroad programs to Austria and Germany, and she engaged with regional German Studies communities, as a past president of the Central PA chapter of the AATG.
Much of her research focuses on Bertolt Brecht, a 20th-century playwright, poet, and public intellectual whose anti-fascist writings forced him into exile during the Nazi regime. Vera Stegmann has published a book and numerous articles on the aesthetics of German writers and composers who were persecuted during World War Two. Her recent research increasingly concentrates on contemporary 21st-century artists and authors, writing in the postwar and post-wall period from a German and a transnational perspective.
Selected Courses Taught:
GERM 001 and 002: Elementary German I and II
GERM 011 and 012: Intermediate German I and II
GERM 163: German Civilization and Culture
GERM 167: German Conversation and Composition
GERM 169: Business German
GERM/MLL/FILM 231: New German Cinema
GERM 240: Contemporary Germany
MLL/ENGL/WGSS/GERM/FILM 303: Grimms' Fairy Tales: Folklore, Feminism, Film
GERM 320: Berlin: Transformations of a Metropolis
Das epische Musiktheater bei Strawinsky und Brecht: Studien zur Geschichte und Theorie. New York: Peter Lang, 1991. 202 pp.
The Brecht Yearbook Vol. 45 (376 pp.) and Vol. 46 (297 pp.). Guest Editor, with Micha Braun and Günther Heeg. Managing Editor: Markus Wessendorf. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2020 and 2021.
"Kracauer, Brecht und Babylon Berlin: Die Weimarer Republik in der Kriminalliteratur und in Neo-Noir Fernsehserien." The Brecht Yearbook Vol. 46 (2021): 79-95.
"Brecht’s Work with Musical Composers." Bertolt Brecht in Context. Ed. Stephen Brockmann. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. 191-201.
"Žižek, Wagner, Brecht." ecibs: Comnmunications from the International Brecht Society 2020, Vol. 2.
"Remembering Eric Bentley." ecibs: Comnmunications from the International Brecht Society 2020, Vol. 2.
“Deutschsein: Zafer Şenocak’s Poetic and Enlightened Vision of a Cosmopolitan German Identity.” Türkisch-Deutsche Studien: Jahrbuch 2016 (Göttingen: Universitätsverlag, 2017). Vol. 7: 119-137.
“Navid Kermani’s Literary Reflections: On Kafka, Brecht, and the Koran.” The Brecht Yearbook Vol. 40 (2016): 198-215.
“Verfremdung or Verwandlung: A Brechtian Look at Yoko Tawada’s Works.” Communications from the International Brecht Society Vol. 43-44 (2014-15): 58-64.
"Theater as Metaphor in Orhan Pamuk's Novel Snow." Proceedings of the 13th ISSEI Conference at the University of Cyprus. Ed. Marianna Papastefanou, 2014.
"Musikalische Verfremdungen bei Thomas Bernhard und Bertolt Brecht." Verfremdungen: Ein Phänomen Bertolt Brechts in der Musik. Ed. Jürgen Hillesheim. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 2013. 435-54.
“Anna Seghers und Crisanta: Reflexionen aus der DDR zu ihrem mexikanischen Exil.” Ibero-amerikanisches Jahrbuch für Germanistik Vol. 4 (2010): 165-81.
“Perspectives on Hanns Eisler.” The Brecht Yearbook Vol. 33 (2008): 135-50.
“Brechtian Traces in Pina Bausch’s Choreographic and Cinematic Work.” Proceedings of the 11th ISSEI Conference at the University of Helsinki, Finland, July 2008. Eds. Giacomo Bottà and Marja Härmänmaa.
“Frauenschicksale: A DEFA Film Viewed in Light of Brecht’s Critique of the Opera and Eisler/Adorno’s Theory of Film Music.” German Studies Review Vol. 28 No. 3 (October 2005): 481-500.