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Bruce  Campbell

Associate Professor of German Studies (On Leave AY 2018-2019)

Office: Washington Hall 237
Phone: (757) 221-1247
Email: [[bbcamp]]

Bruce Campbell received his M.A. and Ph.D. in European History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include topics in the Political Uses of Culture; State Violence, Paramilitary Organizations; Biography; National Socialism, the German Youth Movement, German Culture and National Identity, Nationalist and War Literature; Radio; and Detective Fiction in Europe. He teaches courses in German Cultural Studies, German and Central European History, German Culture, Cultural and Social History, the Holocaust, Western and World Civilization Surveys, Military History, and Modern German Literature. His most recent book publication is Death Squads in Global Perspective: Murder with Deniability, Bruce Campbell and Arthur Brenner, editors (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000) and his latest article is "No Finer Land, Far and Wide...: Music and National Identity in the Schilljugend, 1926-1998," in Pamela Potter and Sheila Applegate (eds.), Music and German National Identity (forthcoming, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002). He is currently working on a study of amateur radio in Germany and the US and a political biography of Free Corps leader Gerhard Roßbach.

Detectives, Dystopia and Poplit: Studies in Modern German Genre Fiction (2014). Edited by Bruce B. Campbell, Alison Guenther-Pal, Vibeke Rützou Petersen

Some of the most exciting research and teaching in the field of German Studies is being done on "genre fiction," including detective fiction, science fiction, and what is often called "poplit," to name but a few. Such non-canonical literature has long been marginalized by the German tradition of Bildung and the disciplinary practice of German literary studies (Germanistik). Even today, when the examination of non-canonical texts is well established and uncontroversial in other academic contexts, such texts remain understudied in German. And yet, the trend toward "German Studies" and "cultural studies" approaches within the field has raised considerable interest in the analysis of genre fiction, resulting in both a great deal of new scholarship and a range of new courses. This first broad treatment of German genre fiction brings together innovative new scholarship, foregrounding themes of gender, environmentalism, and memory. It is an ideal companion to research and teaching. Written in accessible English, it speaks to a wide variety of disciplines beyond German Studies.

Contributors: Bruce B. Campbell, Ray Canoy, Kerry Dunne, Sonja Fritzsche, Maureen O. Gallagher, Adam R. King, Molly Knight, Vibeke Rützou Petersen, Evan Torner, and Ailsa Wallace.
Death Squads

Death Squads in Global Perspective: Murder with Deniability (2000). Bruce Campbell, editor

Death Squads are killing people today. They may be found around the world, and in many different types of states. Campbell and Brenner have gathered scholars from several countries and disciplines to produce the first global comparison of death squads, and the first to put them in historical perspective. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Death Squads

The SA Generals and the Rise of Nazism (1998). Bruce Campbell, author

No part of the Nazi movement contributed more to Hitler's success than the Sturmabteilung (SA) -- the notorious Brown Shirts. Bruce Campbell offers the first in-depth study in English of the men who held the three highest ranks in the SA. Organized on military lines and fired by radical nationalism, the Brown Shirts saw themselves as Germany's paramilitary saviors.
SA Generals and the Rise of Nazism