Vera Stegmann

Lehigh University Modern Languages in Literature - Vera Stegmann
Associate Professor
Williams Hall, Room 496
PhD, Indiana University - Bloomington


20th and 21st century German literature and culture, aesthetics of music and literature


A native of Germany, Vera Stegmann received her PhD in German Studies from Indiana University with a graduate minor in Comparative Literature. She also studied music, and she earned a BA and MA in Spanish at the University of Missouri. At Lehigh she teaches the full spectrum of advanced German courses –- German language, literature, culture, film, theater, and business.

Much of her research has focused on Bertolt Brecht, a major playwright, poet, and public intellectual of the twentieth century whose anti-fascist writings forced him into exile during the Nazi regime. Professor Stegmann has published a book and numerous articles on the aesthetics of German writers and composers who were persecuted during World War Two. Her new research project concentrates on the contemporary period, on postwar and post-wall Germany. She traces questions of integration, multiculturalism, and gender relations in modern Germany, as they are represented in the works of immigrant authors, particularly from the Turkish-German community.

Selected courses taught:
German 163:                       German Civilization and Culture
German 167:                       Conversation and Composition
German 169:                       Business German
German / MLL 231:              New German Cinema
German 240:                       Contemporary Germany
Germ/Engl/WGSS/MLL 303:   Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Folklore, Feminism, Film
German 305:                       Modern German Literature
German 320:                       Berlin: Transformations of a Metropolis

Book publication:
Das epische Musiktheater bei Strawinsky und Brecht: Studien zur Geschichte und Theorie. New York: Peter Lang, 1991. 202 pp.

Selected recent articles:
“Musikalische Verfremdungen bei Thomas Bernhard und Bertolt Brecht.”  Verfremdungen: Ein Phänomen Bertolt Brechts in der Musik.  Ed. Jürgen Hillesheim.  Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 2013. 435-54.

“Anna Seghers und Crisanta: Reflexionen aus der DDR zu ihrem mexikanischen Exil.”  Ibero-amerikanisches Jahrbuch für Germanistik Vol. 4 (2010): 165-81.

“Perspectives on Hanns Eisler.” The Brecht Yearbook Vol. 33 (2008): 135-50.

“Brechtian Traces in Pina Bausch’s Choreographic and Cinematic Work.”  Language and the Scientific Imagination.  Proceedings of the 11th ISSEI Conference at the University of Helsinki, Finland, July 2008.  Eds. Giacomo Bottà and Marja Härmänmaa.

“Frauenschicksale: A DEFA Film Viewed in Light of Brecht’s Critique of the Opera and Eisler/Adorno’s Theory of Film Music.” German Studies Review Vol. 28 No. 3 (October 2005): 481-500.