Simone Pfleger, PhD

Director Undergraduate, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies

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Contact

Director Undergraduate, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies
Email
pfleger@ualberta.ca

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Womens & Gender Studies
Email
pfleger@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Simone Pfleger is Assistant Professor of Gender and German Studies with dual appointments in Women’s and Gender Studies and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. Their research is grounded in gender and queer theoretical methodologies and engages with notions of temporality, (political) subjectivity, affect, intimacy, and precarity in post-2000 German-language literature, film, and culture. Most recently, Simone has published in Feminist German Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and Seminar. Their first book Untimely Bodies, Untimely Aesthetics: Temporality, Relationality, and Intimacy in the Cinema of the Berlin School (McGill Queen's UP, 2023) foregrounds how queer conceptualizations of temporality can engage notions of subjectivity, relationality, and intimacy in visual representations. The book examines how many  figures in Berlin School fims grapple with an unattainable desire for connection, placed in landscapes shaped by hegemonic heteronormative intimacies, and a linear temporal organization of life that conforms to mainstream, traditional rhythms, and milestones.

Courses

GERM 340 - Introduction to the Study of Modern Literature

A survey of German-language literature in context since the Enlightenment. Prerequisite: GERM 212 or consent of Department.


GERM 454 - Gender and Sexuality

Studies texts and issues related to gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: GERM 340 or 343 and MLCS 210 or consent of the department.


GSJ 540 - Body Politics

An examination of contemporary theoretical approaches to bodies and embodiment, with particular emphasis on the ways that race, class, sexuality, gender, and (dis)ability shape bodily experiences. (Not open to students with credit in WGS 440.)


WGS 220 - Feminism and Popular Culture

Selected cultural forms from feminist perspectives. The focus is both on developing a feminist critique of cultural representations of women, and on considering the possibilities of feminist intervention in and production of popular culture.


WGS 402B - Honors Seminar and Project

Prerequisite: WGS 302.


WGS 440 - Body Politics

An examination of contemporary theoretical approaches to bodies and embodiment, with particular emphasis on the ways that race, class, sexuality, gender, and (dis)ability shape bodily experience. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS course, or consent of department.


WGS 470 - Sexualities: Special Topics

This course offers advanced examination of selected issues in sexuality studies. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WGS course, or consent of department.


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