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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., Hamline University
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 Prof. Susan Cocalis.
Dr. Frackman has received research and travel support from a number of organizations and institutions, including the Holocaust Education Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), 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.
Dr. Frackman is Associate and Affiliated Faculty in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Cinema Studies, and the graduate program in Cinema and Media Studies.
- queer studies
- media studies
- German-language and Nordic literature (especially 19th-/20th-century)
- East German culture and history
- German and Nordic film
- book history, print cultures
- German-North American immigration
- German, Swedish, Finnish
19th-century sexuality’s media history
Homosexuality in East Germany, supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant: “Coming Out of the Iron Closet: Queer Lives in East Germany”
With Dr. Gregory Mackie (English) and UBC Rare Books and Special Collections, the Jane Rule Endowment-funded “Queer Collections Project,” which works to augment UBC’s holdings in queer literary and cultural history
Books and Edited Volumes
- Reviewed in: German Studies Review 42.1 (2019): 193-95; Modern Language Review 114.2 (2019): 415-16; The German Quarterly 92.2 (2019): 297-300.
- Reviewed in: Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 53.4 (2017): 409-411; Feminist German Studies 34 (2019): 161-63; Monatshefte 110.4 (2019): 690-92; The German Quarterly 92.3 (2019): 405–07.
- Reviewed in Journal of European Studies 46.2 (2016): 198-200; Women in German Newsletter 127 (Summer 2016): 23-24; Music and Letters 97.2 (2016): 364-66; American Record Guide 79.2 (2016): 237; Monatshefte 109.2 (2017): 332-34; German Studies Review 40.3 (2017): 688-90.
From Weimar to Christiania: German and Scandinavian Studies in Context. Co-Ed. with Florence Feiereisen. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.
“The East German Film Coming Out (1989) as Melancholic Reflection and Hopeful Projection.” German Life and Letters 71.4 (2018): 452-72. (R) Reissued in Nov. 2019 special online issue of German Life and Letters.
“The Curious Case of the Turkish Drag Queen: Film and Social Justice Education in Advanced German.” Neues Curriculum (August 2012). (R)
“Something Old, Something New: Canon Rejuvenation in German Studies.” Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German 44.2 (2011): 124-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-1221.2011.00102.x (R)
Selected Book Chapters
“Shame and Love: East German Homosexuality Goes to the Movies.” In Gender and Sexuality in East German Film: Intimacy and Alienation. Eds. Kyle Frackman and Faye Stewart. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018. 225-248. (R)
— and Faye Stewart. “Introduction: Sex and Socialism in East German Cinema.” In Gender and Sexuality in East German Film: Intimacy and Alienation. Eds. Kyle Frackman and Faye Stewart. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018. 1-21. (R)
— and Larson Powell. “Music and Heritage in the German Democratic Republic.” In Classical Music in the German Democratic Republic: Production and Reception. Eds. Kyle Frackman and Larson Powell. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015. 1-19. (R)
“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, 2014. 23-40. (R)
“Finland, Civil War, and Revolution, 1914-1918.” International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Ed. Immanuel Ness. NY: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 1200-02. (R)
Entries on “German Literature,” “Magnus Hirschfeld,” and “Richard von Krafft-Ebing” in 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.
“Coming Out is a First and a Last.” Proofed. 28 Mar. 2022. https://boydellandbrewer.com/blog/film-and-theatre/coming-out-is-a-first-and-a-last/
“Humanities are essential in understanding the Russian war against Ukraine.” The Conversation. 23 Mar. 2022. https://theconversation.com/humanities-are-essential-in-understanding-the-russian-war-against-ukraine-178760
Republished: University Affairs https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/humanities-are-essential-in-understanding-the-russian-war-against-ukraine/;
Trek Magazine https://trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca/2022/humanities/humanities-are-essential-understanding-russian-war-against-ukraine.
“Coming Out, the East German film that premiered when the Berlin Wall fell, is still relevant today.” The Conversation. 16 Nov. 2021.
“Coming Out in East Germany.” Coming Out. Critical essay on special edition DVD. Directed by Heiner Carow. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2021.
—, and Skyler Arndt-Briggs. Teaching Guide: Coming Out: A Film by Heiner Carow. DEFA Film Library, 2021.
“Why do GDR Studies Matter Now?” DDGC Blog. 27 May 2019.
“Nordic Non-Fiction Summer Reading Guide.” Viking Magazine June 2015: 21. Print.
“A Genius of Our Own: The GDR and DEFA’s Beethovens.” A Beethoven Duet. DVD released by the DEFA Film Library. 2014. 12 pp.
Allan, Seán. Screening Art: Modernist Aesthetics and the Socialist Imaginary in East German Cinema. New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2019. In Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 56.1 (2020): 80–82.
Lion Feuchtwanger, The Devil in Boston: A Play about the Salem Witchcraft Trials in Three Acts. Ed. Waltraud Maierhofer. Trans. J. Barrows Mussey.  North Liberty: Amazon Digital Services, 2015. In Women in German Newsletter 128 (2017): 23–25.
Krimmer, Elisabeth, and Patricia Anne Simpson, eds. Enlightened War: German Theories and Cultures of Warfare from Frederick the Great to Clausewitz. Rochester: Camden House, 2011. In Women in German Newsletter 120 (2012). Web.
2023, Killam Teaching Prize
Braden Russell, German Studies
Steve Commichau, German Studies
Ph.D. Thesis Committee External Member
Sydney Lines, English, “‘These foreigners stood for a strange civilization’: Winnifred Eaton’s and Laura Goodman Salverson’s Transnational Negotiations of North American Race and Ethnicity”
Sebastian Huebel, History, 2017, “Stolen Manhood? : German-Jewish Masculinities in the Third Reich, 1933–1945”
M.A. Thesis Supervision
Susanna Cassisa, German Studies
Anna Westpfahl, German Studies, 2019, “Of Matter and Meaning: Quantum Entanglement and Biological Phantasy in Psychoanalysis”
Media Features and Appearances
“Cataloguer un livre LGBTQ, un acte politique.” Radio-Canada, 14 Mar. 2022.
Radio West, CBC Radio, 13 Nov. 2019.
“A Queer Century, 1869–1969.” Stacks & Facts YouTube series. 11 & 25 Aug. 2019. Guided tour and interview. Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRBSDG0FXtM. Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeyZl0O1H28.
“Seven things to do in Vancouver, Aug. 9 to 15: A Queer Century, 1869 to 1969, more.” Vancouver Sun. 6 Aug. 2019.
Democracy Watch, CiTR radio. 1 Aug. 2019.
CityTV Breakfast Television. 30 July 2019.
“A Queer Century, 1869–1969.” North by Northwest, CBC Radio, 22 June 2019.
Germany@Canada 2017, Goethe-Institut. “British Columbia Through Arriving Eyes.” 9 May 2017.
Arts on Air, CITR. Nov. 26, 2015.
KPRI Radio. Nov. 7, 2014. Discussion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
UBC News. “Casting a Long Shadow.” Oct. 27, 2014.
Press kit accolade/review for film release of Out in East Berlin – Lesbians and Gays in the GDR. Nancy Fishman Film Releasing.
“Faculty Spotlight: Professor Kyle Frackman.” The Scribe (College of Humanities & Fine Arts Advising Center Newsletter). Dec. 8, 2011. (PDF)
“Class explores witches’ history.” Springfield Republican Oct. 31, 2011. (PDF)
“Nightmarish Fantasy and Gruesome History: ‘Witches’ Class Examines Folklore and Fact.” In the Classroom, Amherst College. Oct. 28, 2011.
“UMass Amherst: Frackman and Arndt-Briggs take part in German exchange.” University of Massachusetts International Relations. July 28, 2010.