Curriculum vitae John Milfull

Born: 24.4.1940, Sydney, Australia
Studied German, English and Music at the Universities of Sydney and Munich; awarded High Distinctions in German and English in second and third year and the Frank Albert Prize for the best performance in second year Music
Degrees Held: B.A. Hons. I in German, 1961, Ph.D., 1968, University of Sydney
Lecturer in German, University of Sydney, 1963-64
Lecturer in German, University of New South Wales, 1965-1968
Senior Lecturer, 1969-1970
Professor of German [Studies] 1971-1996
Chair, Faculty of Arts 1978, 1983
Convenor, European Studies Program, 1984-1994, 1997-2005
Dean, Faculty of Arts [and Social Sciences] 1984-1993
Director, Centre for European Studies, 1996-2005
Professor of European Studies, 1996 -
Director, Centre for Intercultural Jewish Studies, Sydney, 1997
Coordinator, International Studies Program, 2001-3
Emeritus Professor of European Studies, 2006 –
Visiting Professor in European Studies, 2006-2008

Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide, June-December 1994
Humboldt Fellow, Department of German, Free University Berlin 1969; Department of History, Technical University Berlin 1974, 1980; Distinguished Fellow December 1984 - February 1985, March - June 1995, August - September 2000, March - June 2004
Guest Professor, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg 1984, 1989, University of Cambridge 1989
Visiting Research Fellow, School of European Studies, University of Sussex, January - March 1995
Member, International Advisory Board, Debatte, 1996 -
Vice-President, Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia, 1997

Major Research Interests: The German-Jewish Experience, Literature and Society in the German Democratic Republic, The Process and Impact of German Unification.

Publications

Books

From Baal to Keuner. The "Second Optimism" of Bertolt Brecht, Frankfurt/Berne 1974

Edited Books

(ed.) The Attractions of Fascism: Social Psychology and Aesthetics of the "Triumph of the Right", New York/Oxford/Munich 1990

(ed.) Why Germany? National Socialist Anti-Semitism and the European Context, Providence/Oxford 1993

(ed.) Britain in Europe: Prospects for change, Aldershot 1999

Edited Journal Number

The Same but Different: Representing Diversity, special issue Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 50, No. 1 [2004], guest editor John Milfull

Monograph

"Die Literatur der DDR" [Literature of the German Democratic Republic], in V. Zmegac (ed.), Geschichte der deutschen Literatur [History of German Literature], Vol. 3, Königstein 1985, 591-694 (second impression 1994)

Articles in Edited Books

"Utopie und Wirklichkeit in Peter Hacks' Moritz Tassow und Heiner Müllers Der Bau", [Utopia and reality in two GDR plays] in Rezeption der deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur im Ausland, ed. D. Papenfuss and J. Söring, Stuttgart 1976, 407-414

"Zur Funktion der Verfremdung in den Lehrstücken" [On the function of "alienation" in Brecht's didactic plays], in Brechts Modell der Lehrstücke, ed. R. Steinweg, Frankurt 1976, 287-295

"'Preußens Gloria'? The Old and the New in Fontane's Schach von Wuthenow", in Festschrift for Ralph Farrell, ed. A. Stephens, Frankurt/Berne 1977, 97-103

"Der Tod in Salzburg? Biedermann und die Brandstifter. Frisch, Hofmannsthal, Brecht" [Death in Salzburg? The infuence of Hofmannsthal and Brecht on Max Frisch's play The Fire Raisers], in Frisch. Kritik - Thesen - Analysen, ed. M. Jurgensen, Berne 1977, 157-165

"Die stummen Gewalten. Über die Sprachlosigkeit der Sprachbegabten - "stumme Stücke" von Beckett, Handke und Müller" [On the speechlessness of the eloquent: mimes by Beckett, Handke and Heiner Müller], in Handke. Ansätze, Analysen, Anmerkungen, ed M. Jurgensen, Berne 1979, 165-170

"The Messiah and the Direction of History: Walter Benjamin, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Franz Kafka", in Festschrift for E.W. Herd, ed. A. Obermayer, Dunedin 1980, 180-187

"Das Problem der Innovation in der erzählenden Literatur der DDR" [The Problem of Innovation in GDR Fiction], in Erzählung und Erzählforschung im 20. Jahrhundert, ed. R. Kloepfer and G. Janetzke-Dillner, Stuttgart 1981, 129-135

"'Mühen der Gebirge, Mühen der Ebenen". Probleme des Heimkehrers Brecht" [Brecht's return to the GDR], in Die Mühen der Ebenen, ed. B. Hüppauf, Heidelberg 1981, 233-247

"Juden, Frauen, Mulatten, Neger. Probleme der Emanzipation in Anna Seghers Karibische Erzählungen" [Jews, Women, Mulattoes, Negroes. Problems of Emancipation in Anna Seghers' Caribbean Stories], in Frauenliteratur, ed. M. Jurgensen, Frankfurt/Berne 1983, 45-55

"Marginalität und Messianismus. Die Situation der deutsch-jüdischen Intellektuellen als Paradigma für die Kulturkrise 1910-1920" [Marginality and Messianism. The situation of German-Jewish intellectuals as a paradigm for the cultural crisis of 1910-1920], in Expressionismus und Kulturkrise, ed. B. Hüppauf, Heidelberg 1983, 147-157

"Die 'Männerphantasien' des D. H. Lawrence. Kangaroo und der Erste Weltkrieg" [The "Male Phantasies" of D.H. Lawrence. Kangaroo and WWI], in Ansichten vom Krieg, ed B. Hüppauf, Königstein 1984, 177-183

"'Gentle into that good night?' or Death for Life", in Essays on Mortality, ed. M. Crouch and B. Hüppauf, Kensington 1985, 181-190

"Juden, Christen und andere Menschen. Sabbatianismus, Assimilation und jüdische Identität in Lion Feuchtwangers Roman Jud Süß" [Jews, Christians and Other Humans. Sabbatianism, assimilation and Jewish identity in Lion Feuchtwanger's novel Jew Süß], in Im Zeichen Hiobs, ed. G. Grimm and H.-P. Bayerdörfer, Königstein 1985, 213-222

""The J-Curve: The Identity Crisis of German and Austrian Writers of Jewish Descent", in From the Emancipation to the Holocaust, ed. K. Kwiet, Kensington [1987], 147-154

"'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen....' Die Sexualpolitik der Zauberflöte" [When men feel love... The sexual politics of the Magic Flute], in Antipodische Aufklärungen, ed. W. Veit et al., Frankfurt/Berne 1987, 293-298

"Geschichte und Auftrag des Judentums bei Lion Feuchtwanger" [Lion Feuchtwanger on the history and mission of Judaism], in Literatur und Geschichte 1788-1988, ed. G. Schulz et al., Berne/Frankfurt 1990, 241-249

"Introduction" and "'My Sex the Revolver': Fascism as a Theatre for the Compensation of Male Inadequacies", in The Attractions of Fascism, ed. J.M., New York/Oxford/Munich 1990, 1-3, 176-185

"The Wandering Jew and the Sense of History: Stefan Heym and the Ahasveric Principle", in The Modern German Historical Novel, ed. D. Roberts and P. Thomson, New York/Oxford/Munich 1991, 191-199

"'Socialism in Half a Country': Problems of National and Cultural Identity in East Germany", in The Idea of Europe. Problems of National and Transnational Identity, ed. B. Nelson et al., New York/Oxford 1992, 130-138

"Imagining Jew(ess)es. Gregor von Rezzori's Memoirs of an Anti-Semite: an Aetiology of 'German' Anti-Semitism" and "Postscript: The 'Subject' of Responsibility, in Why Germany? National Socialist Anti-Semitism and the European Context, ed. J.M., Providence/Oxford 1993, 105-117, 241-243

"What's Left? The German Application of an English Pun", in Kulturstreit - Streitkultur. German Literature since the Wall, ed. P. Monteath and R. Alter, GRD Monitor 38, Rodopi, Amsterdam - Atlanta, 1996, 173-181

"Confessions of an Australian [Ex-?]Germanist", in German-Australian Cultural Relations Since 1945, ed. M. Jurgensen, Bern/Frankfurt a.M./Berlin 1995, 177-183

"The Messiah Complex. The Angel of History looks back at Walter Benjamin from its Perch on the Ruins of 'Socialism as it existed in Reality'", in 'With the Sharpened Axe of Reason'. Approaches to Walter Benjamin, ed. G. Fischer, Oxford Washington 1996, 129-135

"'What's Wrong with Tonio Kröger? The 'Joys of Binarity' and the German-Jewish 'Symbiosis'", in Power, Conscience and Opposition. Essays in German History in Honour of John A. Moses, ed. A. Bonnell et al., Peter Lang, New York 1996, 75-87

"The German and the Jewish Selves: Arthur Schnitzler's Der Weg ins Freie", in The German-Jewish Dilemma: from the Enlightenment to the Shoah, ed. E. Timms and A. Hammell, Edwin Mellen Press, New York 1999, 165-176

"'A Girl to Shoot Lions With': Female machismo in Hannah Arendt and Karen Blixen", in Kultur Sprache Macht, Festschrift für Peter Horn, ed. J.K.Noyes, G. Pakendorf and W. Pasche, Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2000, 317-322

"Exile, Diaspora and Jewish Identity", in Diaspora(s): Movements and Cultures, ed. Nicholas Hewitt and Dick Geary, CCC Press, Nottingham 2007, 9-15

“The Great Ox: Brecht, Stalin and Denmark”, in Groteske Moderne – Moderne Groteske, Festschrift for Philip Thomson, ed. F.-J. Deiters, A. Fliethmann and C. Weller, Röhrig, St. Ingbert 2011, 67-89

Articles in Refereed Journals

"From Kafka to Brecht: Peter Weiss's Development towards Marxism", German Life and Letters, XX, 1 [Oct. 1966], 61-71

"Herr Keuner and Herr Brecht" [on an alias of Brecht's], Germanic Review, XLIII, 3 [May 1968], 188-200

"The Symbolism of Goethe's Das Märchen", AUMLA 29 [May 1968], 52-60

"The Function of the Novelle Die wunderlichen Nachbarskinder in Goethe's Die Wahlverwandtschaften", German Life and Letters, XXV, 1 [Oct. 1971], 1-5

"Papageno héros? A propos des Scènes de la vie d'un propre à rien d'Eichendorff" [Papageno as hero? On a novella by Eichendorff], Romantisme 1-2 [1971], 37-43

"The 'Idea' of Goethe's Wahlverwandtschaften", Germanic Review, XLVII, 2 [Mar. 1972], 83-94

"Oedipus and Adam - Greek Tragedy and Christian Comedy in Kleist's Der zerbrochene Krug", German Life and Letters, XXVII, 1 [Oct. 1973], 7-17

"La Géographie poétique des Elixirs du diable" [The "poetic geography" of Hoffmann's The Devil's Elixirs], Romantisme 4 [1974], 65-75

"Gegenwart und Geschichte: Heiner Müllers Weg von Der Bau zu Zement" [The present and the past: Müller's development from The Construction to Cement], AUMLA 48 [Nov. 1977], 234-247

"Juden, Österreicher und andere Deutsche. Anmerkungen zum Identitätsproblem am Beispiel der Prosa Hofmannsthals 1912 - 1916" [Jews, Austrians and other Germans. Hofmannsthal's identity problem], Geschichte und Gesellschaft, 7 [1981], 3/4, 582-589

"'Die Wonnen der Gewöhnlichkeit' [The Joys of Ordinariness]: Arthur Koestler and Zionism", Jahrbuch des Instituts für deutsche Geschichte [Tel Aviv], XIV, [1985], 359-370

"A German-Jewish mene tekel: Lion Feuchtwanger and Zionism", Australian Journal of Politics and History, Supplementary edition 1988, 88-93

"'Mein Geschlecht der Revolver'. Faschismus als inszenierte Männerphantasie", Traditionen und Traditionssuche des deutschen Faschismus, [University of Halle-Wittenberg], Sonderheft The Attractions of Fascism, 1988, 84-97

"The Death of the French Revolution in the German Theatre. Büchner, Weiss, Müller", Australian Journal of Politics and History, 1991, 279-285

“The Question of Responsibility.: the Humanities between Deconstruction and Economic Automatism”, in New Researcher, 1-2 (1992), 37-43

"Bidding the Old Commandant Farewell. Meditation on Kafka, Heiner Müller and the End of the GDR", Meanjin Vol. 52 No. 1 (Autumn 1993), 23-30

"The Messiah Complex. The Angel of History looks back at Walter Benjamin from its Perch on the Ruins of 'Socialism as it existed in Reality'", Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 39 No. 3 [1993], 381-385

"Collective Error? 1945/1990: The Misuse of Historical Analogy", Meanjin Vol 53 No. 1 (Autumn 1994), 125-131

"The Sexual Politics of Mozart's Magic Flute and the Genesis of Viennese 'Charm'", in Theatre and Performance in Austria. From Mozart to Jelinek, ed. R. Robinson and E. Timms, Austrian Studies 4, Edinburgh 1993, 20-26

"Germany's G(u)ilt Wedding", Meanjin Vol 54 No. 4, 589-598

- also appeared as
"Freeing Oneself from The Past? Germany's G(u)ilt Wedding", in Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung / Mitteilungen, AvH-Magazin No. 66 (Dec. 1995), 76-79
- and as
"Germany's G(u)ilt Wedding. The Memory Orgy", in Debatte 2/1995, 13-23

"The Flying Deutschman: Heiner Müller and the Paradox of a GDR Avant-Garde", in Debatte, 1/1996, 41-48

"Who Owns GDR Culture? Against analogy", in Debatte 2/1997, 194-201

"Fossils of Hope. Anna Seghers, Walter Benjamin and the Search for the Future in the Past", Debatte, 1/1998, 71-78

"Lessons from German Unification: Political and Economic Factors in the Expansion [of the European Union]", CESAA Review, No. 22, August 1998, 37-41

“Freud, Moses and Jewish Identity”, in The European Legacy, Vol. 7, No. 1 [2002], 25-31

"What was different about the German Democratic Republic?", in Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 48, No. 1 [2002], 65-71

“A new federalism? Representing Diversity, Resisting Fragmentation: the Relevance of German and European Debates on Federalism to Australian Futures”, in GASt, Newsletter of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien, 16/2002, 31-36

“The Discreet Charm of the Aristocracy: Reading Die Wahlverwandtschaften with Benjamin and Bunuel”, in AUMLA, Special Issue, February 2003, 94-100

“The End of Whose History? Whose End of History?”, in Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 49, No. 2 [2003], 222-226

“’Visibility” and “Invisibility’”. The Paradox of German-Jewish Assimilation”, in Debatte, 1/ 2004, 64-72

“Introduction: The Same but Different”, in Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 50, No. 1 [2004], 1-7.

“My two Germanies”, in GASt, Newsletter of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien, 18/2004, 26-31

‘‘’The Transformation Devours Its Own Fathers’:DNA Testing  the Refolutionary Baby”,  Debatte, 3 / 2005, 299-307

“Notes from Underground: of Moles, Metros and Messiahs”, Australian Humanities Review, Issue 37, December 2005.
http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-December-2005/milfull.html

 

“Post Colonial Boredom: The Myth of Australian Sameness”. Australian Humanities Review, Issue 41, February 2007

http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-February-2007/Milfull.html

 

“The Rebirth of an Oxymoron: The Genesis and Functions of ‘‘Constitutional Patriotism’’, Debatte 1/2007, 105-112.

 

"The Zionist Paradox", Australian Journal of Politics and History: Volume 54, Number 1 [2008], 126-131.

 

"In memoriam Federico Mancini: The Italians at UNSW", Australian Humanities Review, Issue 43, December 2007

http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-December-2007/Milfull-Mancini.html

 

"Brecht, Adorno, Grass and the Child’s Eye View", Australian Humanities Review, Issue 43, December 2007 http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-December-2007/Milfull.html

 

“Decolonising Europe? The Colonial Boomerang”, in AJPH, Vol. 54, No. 3 [2008], 464-470.

 

“Unwelcome Heroes”: East Germans’ Role in the Collapse of the Soviet Order”, in Debatte 1/2010, 107 – 119.

Articles in Edited Conference Proceedings

"The Six Million Dollar Ape, or The Electronic Eden", in AULLA XX, ed. D. Frost, Newcastle 1980, 96-105

"'Anders Sein': Marginalität und Integration bei Frisch und Dürrenmatt" [marginality and integration in the plays of Frisch and Dürrenmatt], in Akten des VI. Internationalen Germanisten-Kongresses Basel 1980, Frankurt/Berne, 173-179

"European Studies: Vision or Mirage?", in Europe: Retrospects and Prospects, Manly 1996, 1-6

“Ends and Beginnings”, in Europe – Divided or United?, ed. Franz Oswald and Maureen Perkins, Canberra 2000, 27-34

“Von Ost nach West - ein deutscher Fall? Thoughts of a latter-day Australian Leichhardt in the extended Federal Republic of Germany”, http://www.eusanz.org/pdf/conf02/milfull_eusanz_2002.pdf

“The Perils of Ordinariness: Rhinoceritis Past and Present”, in Europe’s Pasts and Presents, ed. Stephan Atzert and Andrew Bonnell, Australian Humanties Press, 2004, 101-111

“In Search of Fritz Philippsborn. The Double Diaspora of a Jewish German”, in Europe’s Expansions and Contractions, ed. Evan Smith, Australian Humanities Press, 2010, 87-107

Other Contributions

Entries on Heiner Müller for The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. Robert Clark, http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5429

"Manfred: A Dramatic Poem", in Lesen und Schreiben. Festschrift für Manfred Jurgensen zum 55. Geburtstag, Tübingen/Basel 1995, 161-166

"Berlin May 1995", poem, in Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung / Mitteilungen, AvH-Magazin No. 66 (December. 1995), p. 76

The Book of Daniel. Review of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Hitler's Willing Executioners. Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, Meanjin 3/1996, 518-522.

Reviews of
Robert Atkins and Martin Kane (eds), Retrospect and Review. Aspects of the Literature of the GDR 1976-1990, Debatte 1/1998, 94-5.
Various works on Post-Unification Germany, Debatte 2/2000, 231-233, 236-7.

“The Invisible Hand? Wittgenstein and Judaism”, The European Legacy 11/5 [2006], 555-6.

“Dead Centre? An open letter to Gerhard Leitner and Walter Veit”, in GASt, Newsletter of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien, 18/2004, 104-106.

(As Yet) Unpublished Conference Papers

(Studies for a projected book entitled The Angel in the Head. The Literary Construction of Woman)

"Fontane's Women"

"The Birth of ‘Ideal Woman’ from the Resignation of the Bourgeois Male"

"Reason and its "Other": Male and Female?"

"The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Doll, or What the Maenads had against Orpheus: Sexual Agnosia and the ‘Olympia Syndrome’ - reading Hoffmann's Sandman with Oliver Sacks and Klaus Theweleit"

"City/Country, Male/Female: Bertolt Brecht, Marieluise Fleißer and the Flight from the Kleinstadt"

"The Laughter of the Sirens: Irmtraud Morgner's Funny Feminism"

"Sophie under Socialism?" [feminine roles in GDR literature in the light of the "repatriarchalisation" of post-Stalinist societies]

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