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Agnes Mueller

College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of the Humanities
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 807
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Agnes Mueller (M.A., LMU Munich, Germany, 1993, Ph.D., Vanderbilt U, 1997), Professor, is an expert on recent and contemporary German literature. She is core faculty in Comparative Literature and affiliated with Women's and Gender Studies and with Jewish Studies. Her publications are on German-American relations, multicultural studies, gender issues in contemporary literature, German-Jewish studies, and Holocaust studies. Her 2004 anthology German Pop Culture: How "American" Is It? (U of Michigan P) is widely used for teaching and research. In addition to all levels of German language and culture, she regularly teaches advanced undergraduate and graduate classes, and has lectured in Germany, Canada, and the U.S. Her most recently published book is entitledThe Inability to Love: Jews, Gender, and America in Recent German Literature ( is currently at work on a new project, entitled Legacies of Despair and Hope: Jewish Writing in Today’s Germany. In it, she traces how German re-inscriptions of Jews as a minority population can be overcome to escape renewed secondary anti-Semitism.