Ph.D. in German Studies, 2009, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A. in German Studies, 2004, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. in German Studies, 2001, Hamline University


Before joining the faculty at UBC in July 2012, Dr. Kyle Frackman taught at institutions in the United States: the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, and Amherst College.

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Frackman attended Hamline University, graduating with a major in German Studies. For 2001-2002, Dr. Frackman was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Hamburg, Germany. At UMass Amherst, Dr. Frackman completed graduate studies and a dissertation under the direction of Dr. Susan Cocalis.

Dr. Frackman has received research and travel support from a number of organizations and institutions, including UBC, the Faculty of Arts, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Nordic Council, the Fulbright Commission, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Swedish Institute.

Positive Space Resource Person


An Other Kind of Home: Gender-Sexual Abjection, Subjectivity, and the Uncanny in Literature and Film. Series: Transcultural and Gender Studies / Kulturtransfer und Geschlechterforschung. Series Eds. Sigrid Bauschinger and Sybille Penkert. Forthcoming with Peter Lang.

Co-Edited Books

— and Larson Powell, eds. Classical Music in the German Democratic Republic: Production and Reception. Under contract with Camden House.

— and Florence Feiereisen, eds. From Weimar to Christiania: German and Scandinavian Studies in Context. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 187 pp.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Truth, Confession, and Transsexuality in Sabine Bernardi’s Romeos.” (Under review.)

“Vor Ort: The Functions and Early Roots of German Regional Crime Fiction.” Tatort Germany: The Strange Case of German Crime Fiction. Eds. Todd Herzog and Lynn Marie Kutch. Rochester, NY: Camden House. (submitted)

“Coming Out of the Iron Closet: Contradiction in East German Gay History and Film.” Glossen 37 (2013).

“The Curious Case of the Turkish Drag Queen: Film and Social Justice Education in Advanced German.” Neues Curriculum: Journal for Best Practices in Higher Education German Studies (August 2012). Web. <>.

“Something Old, Something New: Integrating Canonical Works in a German Studies Curriculum.” Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German 44.2 (2011): 124-32. Print.

“Out of Time: ‘Allotemporality’ in Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss’s Zurück auf los.” queere (t)ex(t)perimente. Ed. Franziska Bergmann, Jennifer Moos, and Claudia Münzing. Freiburg: fwpf-Verlag, 2008. 144-55. Print.

Encyclopedia Entries

Entries on “Swedish-Speakers in Finland,” “Einojuhani Rautavaara,” “Nobel Peace Prize,” and “Folk High Schools” in Encyclopedia of Contemporary Scandinavian Culture. Eds. Helena Forsås-Scott, Mary Hilson, and Titus Hjelm. London: Hurst & Co., 2013. (submitted)

Lola und Bilidikid” and “Zurück auf los.” The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Ed. Michelle Langford. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011. 192-93, 196-97. Print.

“Finland, Civil War, and Revolution, 1914-1918.” International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Ed. Immanuel Ness. NY: Blackwell, 2009. 1200-02. Print.

“German Literature,” “Magnus Hirschfeld,” and “Richard von Krafft-Ebing.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History: The Nineteenth Century. Vol. 5. Ed. Susan Mumm. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 138-42, 111-13, 130-32. Print.


CENS 201 – Contrasts & Conflicts (Witches: Myth & Reality)

GERM 510 – Literary History

GERM 521 – Viennese Modernism (German Cultural Studies)

SCAN 332A – Heroes in Nordic Literature and Film (Topics in Scandinavian Studies)

SCAN 411A – Scandinavian Drama & Film

SCAN 412 – The Northern European Epic

Courses currently teaching

Winter 2013

CENS201 Contrasts and Conflicts: The Cultures of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English) Sections

An introduction to the cultural history of the peoples of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe as reflected in their literature, art and music.

Winter 2013

GERM510 German Literary History Sections

Winter 2013

SCAN332A Topics in Scandinavian Studies (in English) - TOPICS IN SCAN Sections

Selected issues and topics in Scandinavian cultural studies.

Winter 2013

SCAN411A Scandinavian Drama and Film in Translation - DRAMA & FILM TRN Sections

Traces the explosive development of a provincial theatre into one of the seminal forces of twentieth-century drama and film. Emphasis on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Bergman.

Research Interests

  • 18th- to 20th-century German-language and Scandinavian literature
  • German and Nordic film
  • Gender studies, feminist theory, queer theory
  • Music history
  • Cultural studies
  • German, Swedish, Finnish language

Research Projects

  • Classical music in DEFA (East German) film
  • Transsexuality in film

Invited Talks and Presentations

  • Mädchen in Uniform in the Context of German Education and Boarding School Fiction.” Gender, Nation and Education: Reconsidering the Legacy of Christa Winsloe’s Girls in Uniform. University of British Columbia. 15 Sept. 2013.
  • “Vikings in Middle-earth: Tolkien and Norse Material.” Guest Lecture in SCAN 335: Vikings. Dept. of Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies. University of British Columbia. 28 Mar. 2013.
  • “The Reality of Free Will: Ibsen and The Lady from the Sea.” Guest Lecture in CENS 404: Gender & Nation. Dept. of Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies. University of British Columbia. 6 Nov. 2012.
  • “Germany is a Resort.” Introductory remarks for visit by Prof. Claire Kramsch. Inaugural Lecture and Reception for Language Research and Teaching Lab. Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMass Amherst. 14 May 2012.
  • “Questions of Humanity: Steve Sem-Sandberg’s The Emperor of Lies.” People of the Book. 9 May 2012. Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • “Coming Out of the Iron Closet:  Melancholy, Suppression, and East Germany.” Bucknell University, Department of German Studies. 20 April 2010.
  • Programmleiter: “Wende-Flicks im Unterricht.” [“Wende-Flicks in the Classroom.”] Workshop on East German Fall-of-the-Wall films co-facilitated with Victoria Lenshyn. Virginia AATG Immersion Weekend for German Teachers. Sweet Briar College. 18-20 Sep. 2009. Teaching materials available online.
  • “A Time and Place for Sexuality: Uncanny Queerness and Contemporary Germany.” 19 April 2009. Department of German, Williams College. Included as part of Queer Pride Days.

Selected Refereed Papers and Presentations

  • “The Pursuit of Happiness: The Role of Truth in Sex, Gender, and Body Transformation.” German Studies Association 2013. 3-6 Oct. 2013. Denver, Colorado.
  • “On the Cusp of ‘Truth’: Confession and Transsexuality in Sabine Bernardi’s Romeos.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. 2-4 June 2013. Victoria, BC.
  • “‘Jauchzet, frohlocket!’: Parody and Musical Commentary in Heiner Carow’s Coming Out.” Panel: Music and Interdisciplinarity I: New Theoretical Perspectives. German Studies Association 2012. 4-7 Oct. 2012. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Mord auf dem Ländle: The Advantages of German Regional Crime Fiction.” Northeast Modern Language Association 2012. 15-18 Mar. 2012. Rochester, New York.
  • “Outsiderdom: Exclusion and Inclusion in the GDR.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 20-23 Oct. 2011. Augusta, Michigan.
  • “Old Faces, New Places: Canon Rejuvenation in German Studies.” Northeast Modern Language Association 2010. 7-11 Apr. 2010. Montreal.
  • “The Curious Case of the Turkish Drag Queen: Queer Film and Feminist Pedagogy in an Advanced German Stylistics Course.” Panel (Praxis and Pedagogy): Queering the Gaze: Film and Feminism in the Classroom. Women in German Conference. 22-25 Oct. 2009. Augusta, Michigan.
  • “Perverse Symbiosis: Home, Respectability, and Corporeal Subjectivity in Frank Wedekind’s Frühlings Erwachen.” Panel: Pedagogical Narratives: The Body and Education around 1900. German Studies Association 2009. 8-11 Oct. 2009. Washington, DC.
  • “Podcasting Culture: Technology as a Means of Cultural Integration in an Intensive Elementary German Course.” Co-presented with Victoria Lenshyn. Second Symposium on Contemporary German Culture: Teaching Culture(s). 10-11 April 2009. Middlebury College.
  • “The Temporality of Sexuality and Disease in Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss’s Zurück auf los.” Panel: German-German Problems (I). Northeast Modern Language Association 2008. 10-13 April 2008. Buffalo, New York.
  • “Introductory Language Teaching: Swedish.” Demonstration and discussion. Invited to TA Orientation, German & Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Aug. 2007.
  • “There’s No Place Like Home…? The Queerly Diasporic in Lola + Bilidikid.” Panel: Down and Out in the New Germany. Northeast Modern Language Association 2007. 1-4 Mar. 2007. Baltimore, Maryland.
  • “Opportunities and Challenges for Multimedia and Online Teaching in German.” Invited to German 583: Methods of Teaching German, Prof. Sarah McGaughey. 6 Nov. 2006. University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  •  ”Dissolving the Fourth Wall: Theatricality and Masculine Space in German and Nordic Painting.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 19-22 Oct. 2006. Snowbird, Utah.
  • “Introductory Language Teaching: Swedish.” Demonstration and discussion. Invited to TA Orientation, German & Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Aug. 2006.
  • “Boy Interrupted: Male Homosociality and Anxieties of Intrusion in Nordic Visual Art.” Panel: Men in/and Art. Conference: Nordic Conference on Men and Masculinities: Experiences of Men—Masculinities and Bodies. 5-7 May 2006. Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland.
  • “Bedding with Honor: Gender Dynamics in fin-de-siècle German and Austrian Educational Culture.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 20-23 Oct. 2005. Carrollton, Kentucky.
  • “There is a Time and a Place for Everything: Logics of Textual Time-Space.” Panel: Language, Ideology, and Education. Conference: Eurovisions: Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Boundaries. Department of Anthropology. University of Massachusetts Amherst. 13-14 May 2005.
  • “‘Die lähmende Gewalt der Enge’: Discipline, Sexual Complicity, and Queer Space in Robert Musil’s Törleß.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 21-24 Oct. 2004. Carrollton, Kentucky.
  • “Queerly Everyday: Discursive Mobility and (Hetero)Normative Discipline in Der bewegte Mann.” With Rachael A. Salyer. Panel: (Re)Negotiations of History, Gender, and Subjectivity: East, West, and Post-Wende German Film. Conference: (Re)Visions: New Ideas in German and European Studies. University of Massachusetts Amherst. 26 Mar. 2004.