Todd Herzog. Crime Stories: Criminalistic Fantasy and the Culture of Crisis in Weimar Germany . New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2009. 

“Herzog’s book uses a wonderful array of texts, from films to crime fiction, and his arguments are provocative. While English, French, and US crime novelists placed detectives at the center of their tales, he reveals, their Weimar counterparts focused on the criminal.”  ·  The Journal of Modern History

“Herzog’s arguments are insightful and persuasive. This seminal book is a valuable contribution to the interdisciplinary field of German Studies and should be incortporated in courses on the Weimar Republic.”  ·  Focus on German Studies

“Convincingly argued, the book combines socio-historical, literary and media analyses for an astonishing and fascinating depiction of Weimar culture.”  ·  European History Quarterly

The Weimar Republic (1918–1933) was a crucial moment not only in German history but also in the history of both crime fiction and criminal science. This study approaches the period from a unique perspective - investigating the most notorious criminals of the time and the public’s reaction to their crimes. The author argues that the development of a new type of crime fiction during this period - which turned literary tradition on its head by focusing on the criminal and abandoning faith in the powers of the rational detective - is intricately related to new ways of understanding criminality among professionals in the fields of law, criminology, and police science. Considering Weimar Germany not only as a culture in crisis (the standard view in both popular and scholarly studies), but also as a culture of crisis, the author explores the ways in which crime and crisis became the foundation of the Republic’s self-definition. An interdisciplinary cultural studies project, this book insightfully combines history, sociology, literary studies, and film studies to investigate a topic that cuts across all of these disciplines.


 Rebirth of a Culture: Jewish Identity and Jewish Writing in Germany and Austria Today. Ed.  Hillary Hope Herzog, Todd Herzog & Benjamin Lapp. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008.

"This incredibly useful and interesting book brings together contributions from scholars and writers who have been working on the dynamic changes in Austrian and German Jewish writing over the last few decades.  ·  H-Net, Habsburg

“Without exception, all contributions constitute informative, well-researched and reasonably argued pieces of scholarship…thoughtfully conceived and carefully edited, adding up to an informative source book with a useful index of names and topics.”  ·  German Studies Review

" is an outstanding piece of scholarship, focusing on an important emerging topic within contemporary German literature."  ·  Guy Stern, Distinguished Professor, Wayne State University

After 1945, Jewish writing in German was almost unimaginable—and then only in reference to the Shoah. Only in the 1980s, after a period of mourning, silence, and processing of the trauma, did a new Jewish literature evolve in Germany and Austria. This volume focuses on the re-emergence of a lively Jewish cultural scene in the German-speaking countries and the various cultural forms of expression that have developed around it. Topics include current debates such as the emergence of a post-Waldheim Jewish discourse in Austria and Jewish responses to German unification and the Gulf wars. Other significant themes addressed are the memorialization of the Holocaust in Berlin and Vienna, the uses of Kafka in contemporary German literature, and the German and American-Jewish dialogue as representative of both the history of exile and the globalization of postmodern civilization. The volume is enhanced by contributions from some of the most significant representatives of German-Jewish writing today such as Esther Dischereit, Barbara Honigmann, Jeanette Lander, and Doron Rabinovici. The result is a lively dialogue between European and North American scholars and writers that captures the complexity and dynamism of Jewish culture in Germany and Austria at the turn of the twenty-first century.

A New Germany in a New Europe. Ed. Todd Herzog and Sander L. Gilman. New York and London: Routledge, 2001.

Writing on Berlin's new Jewish Museum and other memorials, the state of multiculturalism in Germany, or future of german culture in a unified Europe, the voices in this volume lay before us the questions that face not only Germany but anyone concerned with Germany's history and the future of Europe.



Journal of Austrian Studies

Journal of Austrian Studies

Co-editor (with Hilllary Hope Herzog), The Journal of Austrian Studies. (2012-present)

The Journal of Austrian Studies is an interdisciplinary quarterly that publishes scholarly articles and book reviews on all aspects of the history and culture of Austria, Austro-Hungary, and the Habsburg territory. It is the flagship publication of the Austrian Studies Association and contains contributions in German and English from the world's premiere scholars in the field of Austrian studies. The journal highlights scholarly work that draws on innovative methodologies and new ways of viewing Austrian history and culture. Although the journal was renamed in 2012 to reflect the increasing scope and diversity of its scholarship, it has a long lineage dating back over a half century as Modern Austrian Literature and, prior to that, The Journal of the International Arthur Schnitzler Research Association.


Articles and Book Chapters

"Crime and Literature in the Weimar Republic and Beyond: Telling the Tale of the Poisoners Ella Klein and Margarete Nebbe." Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany. Ed. Richard Wetzell. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2013. Print

“German Detective Films.” The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Ed. Michelle Langford. London: Intellect Books, 2013. Print

Entries on “Dr Mabuse, der Spieler,” “Die Straße,” and “Der Räuber.” The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Ed. Michelle Langford. London: Intellect Books, 2013. Print.

Entries on “Berlin – Ecke Schönhauser,” “Die drei von der Tankstelle,” “Germania anno zero” “Ostkreuz,” “The Quiller Memorandum,” and “Valkyrie." World Film Locations: Berlin. Ed. Susan Ingram. London: Intellect Books, 2012. Print.

“The Prater.” World Film Locations: Vienna. Ed. Robert Dassanowsky. London: Intellect Books, 2012. Print.

Entries on “Antales” and “Der Räuber” in World Film Locations: Vienna. Ed. Robert Dassanowsky. London: Intellect Books, 2012. Print.


“’What shall the history books read?:’ The Debate over Inglourious Basterds and the Limits of Representation.” In Quentin Tarantino’sInglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Metacinema. Ed. Robert von Dassanowsky. New York and London: Continuum, 2012. 271-296. Print.

“The Banality of Surveillance: Michael Haneke’s Caché and Life after the End of Privacy.” Modern Austrian Literature 43:2 (2010). 25-40. Print.

“Rebirth of a Culture—Birth of a Book.” Cultures Entwined: German-Jewish Relations, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Ed. Ruth H. Sanders. Oxford, OH: Miami University, 2009. 31-42. (co-authored with Hillary Hope Herzog). Print.

“Fritz Lang’s M (1931): An Open Case.” Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era. Ed. Noah Isenberg. New York: Columbia UP, 2009. 291-309. Print.

“Literary Encounters Between German-Jews and Jewish Americans in the 1990s,” in Jewish Writing and Jewish Culture in Germany and Austria Today, ed. Benjamin Lapp, Hillary Herzog and Todd Herzog. New York: Berghahn Books, 2008. 143-153. Print.

“A City Tracks a Murderer: Mass Murder and Mass Public in Weimar Germany,” in Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution, ed. Klaus Mladek. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 97-121. Print.

“’Criminalistic Fantasy’ and the Culture of Crisis in Weimar Germany.” Proceedings of the American Historical Association 2005 Conference. Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association and University Microfilms. 2006. Microfilm.

“’Wien bleibt Wien’: Austrian-Jewish Culture at Two Fins de Siècle.” Literature in Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries: Continuities and Discontinuities around 1900 and 2000. Ed. Ernst Grabovszki and James Hardin (Rochester and Suffolk: Camden House, 2003. 205-20. (co-authored with Hillary Hope Herzog). Print.

“Crime Stories: Criminal, Society and the Modernist Case History.” Representations 80 (Fall 2002), 34-61. Print.


“’New York is More Fun:’ Amerika in der zeitgenössischen deutsch-jüdischen Literatur / Die zeitgenössische detusch-jüdische Literatur in Amerika.” Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der neunziger Jahre. Die Generation nach der Shoah, Beiheft zur Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie, Hrsg. Sander L. Gilman und Hartmut Steinecke. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2002. 204-13. Print.

“Germans and Jews after the Fall of the Wall: The Promises and Problems of Hybridity.” German Studies in  the Post-Holocaust Age. Ed. Adrian Del Caro and Janet Ward. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2000), 93-102. Print.


“’Den Verbrecher erkennen.’ Zur Geschichte der Kriminalistik.” Gesichter der Weimarer Republik. Eine physiognomische Kulturgeschichte, Hrsg. Claudia Schmölders and Sander L. Gilman. Berlin: DuMont, 2000. 51-77. Print.

Entries on: “Copycat Violence,” (305-306), “Scapegoat” (96), “Violence as Spectacle” (194-196) in Violence in America: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Ronald Gottesman (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999). Print.

“Hybrids and Mischlinge: Translating Anglo-American Cultural Theory into German.” German Quarterly 70.1 (Winter 1997): 1-17. Print.


Reviews, Translations & Other Publications

Book Reviews

The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction. By Elizabeth R. Baer. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012. Monatshefte.

Sarah Thomas, Peter Lorre: Face Maker. Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe. Senses of Cinema (Issue 64: September 2012). Web. Read the review here.

Cathy Y. Gelbin, The Golem Returns. Monatshefte 101:3 (September 2012). 437-9. Print.

Robert von Dassanowsky and Oliver Speck, New Austrian Film. Senses of Cinema. (Issue 62: March 2012). Web. Read the review here.

“Hybrids and Mischlinge: Translating Anglo-American Cultural Theory into German.” German Quarterly 70.1 (Winter 1997): 1-17. Print.

"Crime Fiction: The Local, the Global, and the National." Marieke Krajenbrink / Kate M. Quinn, investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction. Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (2011). Web. Read the review here.

"Serial Killers and the Cultures that Create Them." Review of Susanne Komfort-Hein / Susanne Scholz, Lustmord. Medialisierungen eines kulturellen Phantasmas um 1900. Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (2009). Read the review here.

"Natural Born Markets: The Scholarly Fascination with Serial Killers." Review of David Schmid, Natural Born Celebrities. Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (2006). Web. Read the review here.

"Representing Crime: The Risks and Rewards of Trans-Disciplinary Investigation." Review of Hans-Jörg Albrecht, et al, ed., Images of Crime. Representations of Crime and the Criminal in Science, the Arts, and the Media, Vol. 1-2. Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (2005). Web. Read the Review here.

Shoshana Felman, The Juridical Unconscious. German Quarterly 76.4 (Fall 2003). Print.

Janet Ward, Weimar Surfaces. Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik, Bd. 34, Heft 3/4 (2001), 349-50. Print.

Maria Tatar, Lustmord. MLN, Comparative Literature Issue, vol. 110.4 (September 1995), 989-92. Print.

Martha Woodmansee, The Author, Art and the Market. MLN, Comparative Literature Issue, vol. 110.4 (September 1995), 965-68. Print.

Mark M. Anderson, Kafka’s Clothes. MLN, Comparative Literature Issue, vol. 109.5 (December 1994), 1016-19. Print.


Yale Companion to Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture 1096-1996, ed. Sander L. Gilman and Jack Zipes (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997). Print.

Entries: Gisela Brude-Firnau, “1895” (219-26); Micha Brumlik, “1915” (336-42); Albrecht Betz, “1935” (520-25); Ruth Beckermann, “1938” (551-57); Detlev Claussen, “1947” (671-76). (all with Hillary Hope Herzog). Print.

Gudrun Brockhaus, “Male Images and Female Desire,” Modernism/Modernity (January 1996), 71-86. (with Hillary Hope Herzog). Print.

Other Publications

“Kollecting Krimis,” Tableau: The Newsletter for the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, ed. Christopher Perrius (2000), 6-7. Print.

“Chicago an der Spree,” German-American Fulbright Commission Berlin Seminar Handbook (March, 1998), 4-5. Print.