Hester Baer

Hester Baer is Professor of German and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Maryland, where she also serves as a core faculty member in the comparative literature program. Baer is the author of German Cinema in the Age of Neoliberalism (2021) and Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (2009). With Angelica Fenner, she co-edited a special issue of Camera Obscura titled “Women’s Film Authorship in Neoliberal Times: Revisiting Feminism and German Cinema” (2018). Baer‘s monograph on West Germany’s first feminist film, Ula Stöckl’s The Cat Has Nine Lives (1968), will be published in Spring 2022. She previously served as co-editor of the journal Feminist German Studies, and she is a current co-editor of the German Quarterly.


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