Regina Range

Associate Professor of German
IGSEP Faculty Advisor
German/Engineering Advisor

  • email: rrange@ua.edu
  • phone (205) 348-8465
  • office location BB Comer Hall 211

Bio

Dr. Range earned degrees in teaching German and English (I. Staatsexamen) from the Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany, in 2006, and an MA in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2008. She received her PhD in German from the University of Iowa in 2012. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Range worked as an Assistant Professor of German and Program Coordinator at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, before joining the University of Alabama in 2015. During the spring semester of 2018, Dr. Range was a visiting scholar at the Max Kade Institute at the University of Southern California. She will be a Visiting Professor at the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures at California State University Long Beach in the spring semester 2022.

Research Focus

19th to 21st century literature and film; German-speaking émigré writers, filmmakers, and scriptwriters in the United States; authors and filmmakers of the Weimar Republic; female autobiographical texts; scriptwriting and film scripts as texts; language program direction; curriculum and program development; graduate teacher education and teaching profession; intercultural communication and competency as well as language pedagogy.

Current Projects

Dr. Range is currently working on a book project The Forgotten Ones: Reinserting the German-Speaking Female Exile Experience in Hollywood History (1930s – 1950s) which focuses on the Austrian-Jewish artists: Gina KausSalka Viertel, and Vicki Baum. The manuscript investigates their work and writings for the Hollywood film industry and analyses their impact on cultural production, discourses of gender, racial, sexual, and cultural identities as well as notions of belonging.

Dr. Range is also collaborating on an edited volume with Dr. Gruber (Tennessee Tech University) titled Mut zur Wut: Nasty Women and Feminist Anger in the German-Speaking World. The volume analyzes radical rudeness and rage as displayed in literature, film and public performances by female artists and activists in the German-speaking world.

Dr. Range is one of the co-organizers of the “Vienna in Hollywood –
The Influence and Impact of Austrians on the Hollywood Film Industry, 1920-2020s.” The symposium will take place in Los Angeles from December 9-11, 2021. The main conference locations will be the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the University of Southern California. It is supported by the USC Libraries, USC’s Max Kade Institute for Swiss, Austrian and German Studies, in collaboration with the Austrian Consulate Los Angeles, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Selected Publications

Under Review

Mut zur Wut: Nasty Women and Feminist Anger in the German-Speaking World, edited by J. Gruber & R. Range (book proposal)

Range, Regina. “No Laughing Matter? Rhyme and Reason behind Lisa Eckhart’s Metrische Taktlosigkeiten (2017) and her Stand-Up Comedy,” Mut zur Wut: Nasty Women and Feminist Anger in the German-Speaking World, edited by J. Gruber & R. Range.

Articles

Range, Regina. “Austrian Heimat-Horror in Ich seh, ich seh (Goodnight, Mommy),” The Austrian Uncanny in the New Millenium. Austrian Studies Yearbook (forthcoming October 2021)

—. “The City of Angels through the Lens of Female Austrian-Jewish Exile Scriptwriters Vicki Baum, Gina Kaus, and Salka Viertel,” The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, 2020, pp. 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1080/00168890.2019.1696509

—. “Tirol bleibt Tirol? Rewriting and Reimagining an Austrian Heimat from an Exile Perspective,” Journal of Austrian Studies,  vol. 53, no. 2, 2020, pp. 41-54. https://doi.org/10.1353/oas.2020.0021

Drewelow, I., Koronkiewicz, B., & Range, R. “Rethinking and Shifting Discourses and Practices of “Testing”: From Accuracy to Engagement with Situated Contexts,” Pathways to Paradigm Change: Critical Examinations of Prevailing Discourses and Ideologies in Second Language Education, edited by B. Dupuy & K. Michelson, Cengage, 2019, pp. 53-82.

Range, Regina. “Gina Kaus’ Film Scripts and Autobiography as a Site of the Everyday Life in Exile,” Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies. Brill Rodopi, 16. 2015, pp. 1-19.

Book Chapters

Range, Regina. “Drei Exilantinnen ‘Gone Hollywood’ Vicki Baums, Salka Viertels und Gina Kaus’ Weg von Wien über Berlin nach Los Angeles,” Weimar am Pazifik. Die Weimarer Kultur im amerikanischen Exil, edited by Sabina Becker & Fabian Bauer. Text und Kritik, 2021. (forthcoming November 2021).

Range, Regina and Stefan Bronner. “The Courage to Construct and Experiment: Initiatives in Updating the German Minor Program at Concordia University,”  Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching Approaches in Small German Program Building, edited by Gabi Eichmanns and Melissa Etzler, Routledge, forthcoming. 2020, pp. 102-117. https://www.routledge.com/Outreach-Strategies-and-Innovative-Teaching-Approaches-for-German-Programs/Etzler-Maier/p/book/9780367343668

Range, Regina. “Writing, Translating, Adapting: A Path to Textuality? The Transformation of Exile Scriptwriter Gina Kaus,” Translation and Textuality, edited by Céline Sabiron and Catherine Chauvin, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2020, pp. 199-228. https://www.lcdpu.fr/livre/?GCOI=27000100961050&fa=sommaire

—. “Worlds, Words, and Womanhood: Gina Kaus and the Formation of Spiritual Homeland,” Spiritual Homelands, edited by I. Richard Cohen, Ascher Bienmann, and Sarah Wobick, deGruyter, 2020, pp. 59-80. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110637564-004

—. “In Search of the New Woman and the Best Mother: Unwanted Pregnancy in Gina Kaus’ Literary and Filmic Work,” Reproductive Rights Issues in Popular Media: International Perspectives, edited by Maierhofer, Waltraud, and Beth W. Capo. McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2017, pp. 82-99.

—. “Gina Kaus’s Autobiography Von Wien nach Hollywood. Erinnerungen – Exile as Opportunity,” Feuchtwanger and Remigration, edited by Ian Wallace. (Feuchtwanger Studies 3.) Lang, 2013, pp. 1-20.

Range, Regina, Mary Bryant, and W. Maierhofer, “J. Barrows Mussey and his Translation of Feuchtwanger’s Wahn oder Der Teufel in Boston,” Feuchtwanger and Remigration, edited by Ian Wallace. (Feuchtwanger Studies 3.) Oxford, UK: Lang, 2013, pp. 67-81.

Reviews, Announcements and Newsletters

Range, Regina and Natalie Martz. “Conference: ‘German Art in Southern California – Southern California in German Art,’” The Newsletter of the International Feuchtwanger Society, vol. 28, December 2018, pp. 6-7.

Range, Regina. “Report on Reading of the Feuchtwanger Diaries at the Villa Aurora,” The Newsletter of the International Feuchtwanger Society, vol. 28, December 2018, pp. 8.

—. “Review of Gerd Gemünden: Continental Strangers: German Exile Cinema, 1933- 1951,” German Studies Review. 38.3, 2015, pp. 694-697. https://doi.org/10.1353/gsr.2015.0126

In Progress

Current monograph project: The Forgotten Ones: Reinserting the German-Speaking Female Exile Experience in Hollywood History (1930s – 1950s)

Edited volume Mut zur Wut: Nasty Women and Feminist Anger in the German-Speaking World collaboration with Professor Gruber (Tennessee Tech University). This project analyzes radical rudeness and rage as displayed in literature, film and public performances by female artists and activists in the German-speaking world

PEN/Heim grant submission of translation: Gustav Schröder’s Heimatlos auf hoher See 

Article: “The Forgotten Female Contribution to the Forgotten Revolution – Uncovering the Women of the German November Revolution 1918/1919”

– Revision of two Digital Humanities Projects “Everyday Life of the ‘Anderen’ in the former GDR” (oral history project) and “Tracing the Transatlantic Careers and Connections of German-Speaking Exiles” (mapping project)