BethAnne Dorn

“Poor Otomo:” Frieder Schlaich’s Otomo and the Persistence of the Colonial Gaze

BethAnne Dorn is a PhD Candidate in the Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies. Her research spans the media of twentieth and twenty-first century German culture and questions the aesthetic politics within film and literature. Of interest to her is how these media achieve political possibilities beyond their textual boundaries and how they reflect and refract the State’s relationships to its citizens. Her dissertation, tentatively titled, “Political Prisoners and the Politics of Prison in Postwar German Culture,” takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine depictions of literal and metaphorical imprisonment in German culture, with attention given specifically to how bodies are given limited agency based on race.