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Wilfried Wilms

Wilfried WilmsWilfried Wilms
Associate Professor of German
Sturm Hall, Room 189
Phone: 303-871-2173



PhD, Indiana University


My research focuses on the history, memory, and representation of war and conflict in literature and film. I am currently working on a book project that discusses the Weimar "Mountain Film" of the 1920s and early 1930s in the context of World War I and the ensuing affect of defeat. I have published on German intellectual history, film and literature.


"The Essence of the Alpine World is Struggle": Strategies of Gesundung in Arnold Fanck's Early Mountain Films. Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to Present, eds. Caroline Schaumann and Sean Ireton. Camden House 2012: 334-358.

"18 May 1945: Welt Im Film Newsreels, Rubble Films Model 'Cool Conduct.'" A New History of German Cinema, eds. Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson. Camden House 2012: 314-320.

"'Dresden': The Return of History as Soap." The Collapse of the Conventional. German Film and its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Eds. Jaimey Fisher and Brad Prager. Wayne State University Press 2010: 136-156.

"From Bergsteiger to Bergkrieger: Luis Trenker and the Birth of a New Man in Rock and Ice." Colloquia Germanica Vol 42.3 (2009): 229-244.

"Dismantling the Bourgeois Family: J.M.R. Lenz' 'Soldatenfamilie'." Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur Vol. 100.3 (2008): 337-349.

German Postwar Films. Life and Love in the Ruins. Editor (together with William Rasch). New York: Palgrave, 2008. (224 pp)

"Rubble without a Cause: The Air War in Postwar Film." German Postwar Films: Life and Love in the Ruins. New York: Palgrave 2008: 27-44.