Dr Nicole Perry

BA University of Alberta, MA McGill University, PhD University of Toronto


Nicole Perry is a Lecturer in German at the University of Auckland. She is also currently a Lise Meitner Fellow (2013-2017) funded by the Austrian Scientific Fund (FWF) for her project "Performing Germaness; Reclaiming Aboriginality". She completed her PhD in  Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto (2012) with a dissertation on the German image of Native Americans from 1800-present and took up a Postdoctoral position in German at University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria after completing her doctorate. She has taught a range of courses at universities including: the University of Guelph, University of Vienna and Masaryk University, Brno, CZ. 


Research | Current

Nicole's research focuses primarily on the German image of America and of Indigenous peoples of North America 1800-present. Her current project reverses the gaze and examines how Indigenous artists from North America reclaim and reappropriate the German Indianer image in a postcolonial context. Her other interests include contemporary Austrian literature, theatre, film, and culture; Germany in the South Pacific; travel writing; and questions of gender and sexuality in literature and media.

Teaching | Current

German 200 

German 130 (co-taught)

German 201

German 250/350

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to discuss topics of supervision in German literature, culture, and film 1750-present; German and North American relations; Germany and the South Pacific; German Postcolonialisms; Holocaust writing; Travel writing; Comparative Literature with German. 

2017 Samuel MacKenzie

2016 Rebecca Reilly


Co-Director Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific

Postgraduate Adviser

ELL/COMP LIT Doctoral Adviser

Areas of expertise

Germanic literature and culture 1750-present; representations of North America and Indigenous North America; Film and New Media Studies; Visual Culture; Travel Writing; contemporary Austrian literature, Charles Sealsfield; Indigenous Studies; Holocaust Studies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Perry, N. J. (2016). Performance, Identity and Indianer: Canadian Indigenous Crossings of the Atlantic. In J. Straub (Ed.) Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies (pp. 535-556). Walter de Gruyter.
  • Perry, N. (2016). "Einmal die Heimat verloren- für immer die Heimat verloren": Peter Handke's Immer noch Sturm and the search for home and identity. In J. L. Plews, D. Spokiene (Eds.) Translation and translating in German studies: A festschrift for Raleigh Whitinger (pp. 203-218). Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • Perry, N. J. (2014). How the west was re-constructed: Kent Monkman and native survivance. Paper presented at Bridging North America: Connections and Divides: The John Morton Center for North American Studies Inaugural Conference, Turku, Finland. 27 August - 29 August 2014.
  • Perry, N. J. (2014). Interkulturelle Perspektiven auf Deutschlands bekanntesten Apatschen. In W. Kriegleder, A. Ritter (Eds.) Charles Sealsfield, Friedrich Gestäcker, Karl May und andere: Übersetzungen, Bearbeitungen, Adaptionen (pp. 199-216). Vienna: Praesens Verlag.
  • Perry, N. J. (2013). Reconsidering Winnetou: Karl May Film Adaptations and Contemporary Indigenous Responses. In P. Varner (Ed.) New Wests and Post-Wests: Literature and Film of the American West (pp. 215-237). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Perry, N. (2012). Education and Erziehung in the Wilderness of America: Sophie von La Roche's Erscheinungen am See Oneida. In W. Kriegleder, G. A. Pogatschnigg (Eds.) Literarische Narrationen der Migration Europa/Nordamerika im 19. Jahrhundert (pp. 9-20). Wien: Praesens.
  • Perry, N. J. (2012). …nicht die Menschen im Walde, Wilde genannt werden sollten: Images of Aboriginal Peoples in the Works of Sophie von La Roche, Charles Sealsfield and Karl May University of Toronto. University of Toronto. Related URL.
  • Perry, N. (2011). Tokeah, der edle Wilde? Zur Darstellung der Indianer in Sealsfields The Indian Chief or, Tokeah and the White Rose. In A. Ritter (Ed.) Amerika im europäischen Roman um 1850: Varianten transatlantischer Erfahrung (pp. 118-132). Praesens Verlag.


Contact details

Office hours

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 PM 

or by appointment

Primary location

CLL - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 413
New Zealand

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