Susan C. Anderson is Professor of German in the Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon. She works on German and Austrian literature from the late 19th century to the present. Her current research focuses on ideas of difference and identity in contemporary German narratives. She is also working on a collaborative project on notions of healing and metaphors of disease. Recent courses have explored the epic tradition in German novels, postwar and post-wall German culture, and diversity in contemporary Germany.
Her publications include two co-edited (with Bruce Tabb) volumes on the cultural meanings of water: Water, Leisure, and Culture: European Historical Perspectives (Berg 2002) and Water, Culture, and Politics in Germany and the American West (Lang 2001) as well as the monograph Grass and Grimmelshausen: Günter Grass’s Das Treffen in Telgte and “Rezeptionstheorie” (Camden House 1987). Among her articles are “Lies and More Lies: Fact and Fiction in Günter Grass’s Die Rättin” (Germanic Review 1991; reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism 2005); “Outsiders, Foreigners, and Aliens in Cinematic or Literary Narratives by Bohm, Dische, Dörrie, and Ören” (German Quarterly 2002); “The Insider as Outsider: Ricarda Huch’s Autobiographical Texts” (German Life and Letters 1998); “Otto Weininger's Masculine Utopia” (German Studies Review 1996); “Against Modernity and Historicism: Ricarda Huch’s Representation of the Thirty Years’ War” (Colloquia Germanica 1994; reprinted in Ricarda Huch Studien 1995); “Creativity and Nonconformity in Monika Maron’s Die Überläuferin” (Women in German Yearbook 1994); “Walls and Other Obstacles: Peter Schneider’s Critique of Unity in Der Mauerspringer” (German Quarterly 1993); “Günter Grass as Historian: The Thirty Years’ War in Grass’s Works” (Monatshefte 1993); and “Shattered Illusions: Gambling in Arthur Schnitzler’s Prose Works” (Modern Austrian Literature 1992). Essays include “The Power of the Gaze: Metaphors of Seeing in Schnitzler’s Prose Works and Dramas” in A Companion to the Works of Arthur Schnitzler (2003); “Kein Retter aus der Ferne: Ricarda Huch’s Portrayal of Gustavus II Adolphus” in Cultura Baltica: Literary Culture around the Baltic 1600-1700 (1996); and “Seeing Blindly: Voyeurism in Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else and Andreas-Salomé’s Fenitschka” in "Die Seele ist ein weites Land”: Kritische Beiträge zum Werk Arthur Schnitzlers (1996).