Assistant Professor of German Mihaela Petrescu recently presented her paper, “The Eintaenzer: The Crisis of Masculinity and Dance in the Weimar Years” at the German Studies Association’s national conference for scholars of German Studies in Oakland, California. In her presentation, Petrescu analyzed the image of the Eintaenzer (a male dance escort in Weimar Germany) in Hans Janowitz’s novel “Jazz” (1927) and the intersections between discourses on modernity, masculinity, social dance, and prostitution. The paper is part of a larger research project stemming from Petrescu’s dissertation, and she hopes to include this as a chapter in her book.
Petrescu had the opportunity both to present and commentate at the conference, giving feedback to other German Studies scholars.
Petrescu joined the HWS faculty in 2008, after holding teaching positions at both Hamilton College and Indiana University Bloomington. She received her M.A. from the Universitatea Bucuresti as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her topics of interest range from multiculturalism in Germany and in German film, to Berlin in the 1920’s. She teaches a wide variety of topics at the Colleges, including Berlin’s representation in film and literature, and Germany’s image in film.
In the photo above, Petrescu teaches a class at Hobart and William Smith.