Hester Baer

Hester Baer is Professor of German and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Maryland. She is the author of German Cinema in the Age of Neoliberalism (Amsterdam UP, 2021) and Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (Berghahn, 2009). Her monograph on West Germany’s first feminist film, Ula Stöckl’s The Cat Has Nine Lives (1968), was published in the series German Film Classics (Camden House, 2022). She is co-editor of the edited volume Babylon Berlin: German Visual Spectacle and Global Media Culture, which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2024. Baer currently serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of The German Quarterly.


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