Emeritus Professor James Bade

MA (Well) PhD (Zurich)



  • Studied German and English language and literature at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Zürich
  • Lektor in English at the University of Münster, 1975-76
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in German (1976)
  • Associate Professor of German (1998)
  • Professor of German (2011)
  • Professor Emeritus of German (2016)
  • Director, University of Auckland Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific, 1999-
  • Head of Department, Germanic Languages and Literature, 1999-2002
  • Head of School of European Languages and Literatures, 2004-2007, 2013
  • Head of Disciplinary Area, European Languages and Literatures 2014 (S1)
  • Faculty of Arts School Governance Advisory Group member, 2017
  • Chair, Translation Studies Programme Review Panel, 2017
  • School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics Academic Staffing Review Committee member, 2018

Research | Current

  • Modern German literature
  • German film
  • German connection with New Zealand and the South Pacific

Current  projects

Theodor Fontane

As part of his contribution to the 2019 bicentenary of the birth of the major nineteenth century German author Theodor Fontane, Prof. Bade is researching Fontane’s changing attitudes towards war and how his growing scepticism towards German militarism is expressed in his sympathetic portrayal of the American Mennonite community in his novel Quitt (1890), in which Fontane puts forward the tolerant, liberal, egalitarian and pacifist Indian Territory Mennonite settlement of the second half of the novel as a functioning alternative to the narrow-minded, militaristic and hierarchical Prussia of the first half.  Prof. Bade is also working on a research project concerned with the significance of the Stralau landscapes in six of Fontane's Berlin novels.

Ludwig Haas Project

Prof. Bade is a member of a collaborative research team which is researching the role and contribution of Ludwig Haas, of the German Democratic Party, to German politics during the First World War and the Weimar Republic. There is an important New Zealand connection here, as Ludwig Haas' son, Karl Haas, came to New Zealand as a German Jewish refugee.  Prof. Bade’s contribution to the German Ludwig Haas volume, Ein deutscher Jude und Kämpfer für die Demokratie (Ludwig Haas: German Jew and Fighter for Democracy), appeared in May 2017, and an English language edition is now in preparation.

Historical Documents on German Samoa

Frieda Zieschank's Memoirs

Prof. Bade has been supervising a number of senior German research students who are involved with the translation and annotation of Frieda Zieschank’s memoirs published in German in 1918 of her ten years in German Samoa 1906-1916, including the last years of German administration, and the New Zealand occupation of German Samoa at the beginning of World War I.  The resulting volume, which he and Dr Nicole Perry will be editing, is scheduled to appear in the Germanica Pacifica series, published by Peter Lang, Frankfurt, in 2019.

Frieda Peemüller's Memoirs

Prof. Bade has also been supervising research students at the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury who have been working on the translation and annotation of the memoirs of Frieda Peemüller.  Frieda Peemüller was the wife of Barnim Peemüller, who came to Samoa in 1896 and became established there as a plantation manager. Frieda Peemüller’s memoirs give her husband’s background, how he came to Samoa, her own childhood, background, and travels before she met her husband, her impressions of her life in Samoa from 1910 to 1914, when she went back to Germany because of ill health, and her impressions of Samoa under New Zealand occupation after her return there from 1915 to 1920.

Teaching | Current

GERMAN 312 Directed Reading and Research

Postgraduate supervision

Prof. Bade has supervised 12 PhD theses and 29 MA theses and BA Honours dissertations, mainly concerned with German literature and the German connection with New Zealand and the Pacific. The latest thesis to be supervised by Prof. Bade was Kasia Cook’s thesis on the German Tongan diaspora, completed in April 2017, and nominated in 2018 for the Vice-Chancellor's Best Thesis Award.


  • Appointed Justice of the Peace for New Zealand, 6 February 2016
  • Awarded German Parliamentary Medal (Bundestagsmedaille), presented by President  of German Parliament, Dr Wolfgang Thierse, on his visit to Auckland, 5 December 2003


Director of the University of Auckland Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • German literature from the nineteenth century to the present
  • German cinema 1920-1945
  • The German connection with New Zealand and the Pacific

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bade, J. N. (2017). Deutsche Einwanderung und Kultur in Neuseeland (German immigration and culture in New Zealand). In E. Grothe, A. Pomerance, A. Schulz (Eds.) Ludwig Haas: Ein deutscher Jude und Kämpfer für die Demokratie (Ludwig Haas: German Jew and fighter for democracy) (pp. 279-289). Dusseldorf, Germany: Droste Verlag.
  • Bade, J. N. (Ed.) (2016). Karl Hanssen's memoirs of his wartime experiences in Samoa and New Zealand 1915-1916 Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Edition. 10.3726/978-3-653-06295-3
  • Bade, J. J. (2015). Eine gemalte Landschaft?: Die amerikanischen Landschaften in Theodor Fontanes Roman “Quitt”. In H. Delf von Wolzogen, R. Faber (Eds.) Theodor Fontane:: Dichter und Romancier: Seine Rezeption im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert (pp. 107-139). Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann.
  • Bade, J. J. (2015). Eine gemalte Landschaft?: Landscapes in Theodor Fontane’s novel Quitt (1890). In R. Robertson, M. White (Eds.) Fontane and cultural mediation: Translation and reception in nineteenth-century German literature (pp. 23-48). Oxford: Legenda.
  • Bade, J. (2014). ‘Das Auge der Landschaft:’ Contrasting Landscapes in Theodor Fontane’s Frau Jenny Treibel. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 61 (3), 153-166. 10.1179/2051285614Z.00000000039
  • Bade, J. J. (2014). The Magic Mountain of Weimar Politics: The Impact of the Assassination of Walter Rathenau on Thomas Mann's 'Der Zauberberg'. Monatshefte fuer deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur, 106 (1), 37-53. Related URL.
  • Bade, J. N. (2014). Germans in Tonga. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang.
  • Bade, J. N. (2013). 'Märkische Frühlingslandschaft': Landscapes of Transition in Fontane's 'Der Stechlin'. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 49 (3), 313-331. 10.1093/fmls/cqt002

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