Susanne Kord, MA, MA, PhD
Professor of German
phone: +44 20 7679 3103
internal phone: 33103
Office: 16-18 Gordon Square, room 105
office hours 2013-2014: Fri 10-11 and by appointment
Susanne Kord holds degrees from the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and taught at Georgetown University (Washington, D. C.) before she joined the UCL German Department in 2004. In addition to articles on many aspects of women's literary history and reception, she is the author of seven books on wide-ranging subjects including gender images in recent Hollywood films, women and violent crime in Germany's 18th and 19th centuries, 18th-century women peasant poets in England, Scotland and Germany, German women playwrights, women's anonymity and pseudonyms, and individual authors. She has published poetry in several anthologies and journals, offered readings in various venues, including the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., and received seven major awards for her writing, most recently the 2012 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities and the 2011 Forum for Modern Language Studies-prize for best article of the year. She has served on a number of research councils and editorial boards of academic journals and yearbooks, and has edited, amongst other major journals, The Lessing Yearbook and The German Quarterly, and guest-edited German Life and Letters. In 2008, she was elected an Honorary Secretary of the English Goethe Society, on whose behalf she edited the Publications of the English Goethe Society, with Matthew Bell and W. Daniel Wilson, from 2008-2012. She has served as Head of the German Department at both Georgetown University and UCL.
Susanne Kord's most recent single-authored book on murderesses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German writing appeared with Cambridge University Press in June 2009 and was re-issued in paperback in 2013. With Elisabeth Krimmer, she authored a book on masculinity in recent Hollywood films, a companion volume to their 2004 book Hollywood Divas, Indie Queens, and TV Heroines. The new study, Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities: Gender, Genre, and Politics was published with Palgrave Macmillan in December 2011, won the 2012 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award, and appeared as paperback in 2013.
Beyond the German Department, her teaching contributes to the MA programmes in Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Gender, Society and Representation, as well as the B.A. in Language and Culture.