Dr Nicole Perry

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


Nicole Perry is a Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Auckland. Before coming to the University of Auckland, she was a Lise Meitner-Programme fellow (2013-2017) funded by the Austrian Scientific Fund (FWF) for her project "Performing Germaness; Reclaiming Aboriginality", based at the University of Vienna. From 2011-2013 she was postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for German Studies at the University of Vienna working on the critical edition of the letters (Briefausgabe) of the Austrian-American Charles Sealsfield (1793-1864). She completed her PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto (2012) with a dissertation on the German image of North American Indigenous people from 1800-present. 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

CompLit 202/303 Interpreting Folktales

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. 

PhD supervisions:

2021 Nisha Ghatak (with Professor Lisa Samuels)

Li Yi (with Professor Paul Clark)

Fengyuan Zhen (with Dr. Rumi Sakamoto)

Masters supervisions:

2020 Demi Cox (with Professor Lisa Samuels)

PG supervisions

2018 Courtney Sole 

2017 Samuel MacKenzie

2016 Rebecca Reilly


Assisant Dean, Research

Specialization Lead Comparative Literature and MLITT

UG Adviser, Comparative Literature

Study Abroad Adviser, German 

CLL Representative, Board of Gender Studies


Areas of expertise

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

NCEA Review Panel European Languages, German Tertiary Representative

Advisory Board, Europe Institute

Associate Editor, German: The William F. Cody Papers 

Co-director, Research Centre for Germanic Connections to New Zealand and the Pacific

Co-editor, Germanica Pacifica Series

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Perry, N. (2019). Appropriations, creative subversions, and conversations: The Indianer in contemporary Germany and the double entendre of re-enactment. Seminar - A Journal of Germanic Studies, 55 (4), 379-397. 10.3138/seminar.55.4.4
  • Perry, N. (2019). Shame and prejudice: A story of resilience. Kent Monkman's response to Canada Turning 150. Paper presented at 40th American Indian Workshop (AIW): Indigenous Economies, Sustenance, Sustainability and Sovereignty, Poznan, Poland. 24 April - 27 April 2019. Related URL.
  • Perry, N. (2018). Sex and Islam in Germany? Günther Senkel and Feridun Zaimoglu's "Schwarze Jungfrauen.". Paper presented at German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA) International Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. 28 November - 30 November 2018. Related URL.
  • Perry, N. J. (2018). Winnetou is still Alive: Indianthusiasm in the 21st Century. Paper presented at The Imaginary Indian: The Images, Stereotypes and Perceptions of North American Indigenous Populations in Central Europe, Edmonton, Alberta. 29 August - 30 August 2018. Related URL.
  • Perry, N. (2018). The savagery of America? Nineteenth-century German literature and indigenous representations. In M. P. Fitzpatrick, P. Monteith (Eds.) Savage worlds: German encounters abroad 1798-1914. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47799
  • Perry, N. J. (2018). Verwoben in "Indianthusiasm": A Uniquely German Entanglement. ab-Original: Journal of Indigneous Studies and First Nations and First People's Cultures, 2 (2), 227-245. 10.5325/aboriginal.2.2.0227
  • Hofenender, V., & Perry, N. (Eds.) (2018). Germanistik Grenzlos: Festschrift für Wynfrid Kriegleder um 60. Geburtstag (German Studies Grenzlos: Festschrift for Wynfrid Kriegleder on her 60th birthday). Vienna, Austria: Praesens Verlag. Pages: 288. Related URL.
  • Perry, N. (2018). Amerika, hast du es besser? Cooper und Sealsfield als amerikanische Schriftsteller (America, do you have it better? Cooper and Sealsfield as American writers). In V. Hofeneder, N. Perry (Eds.) Germanistik Grenzlos: Festschrift für Wynfrid Kriegleder um 60. Geburtstag (German Studies Grenzlos: Festschrift for Wynfrid Kriegleder on her 60th birthday) (pp. 40-45). Vienna, Austria: Praesens Verlag. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47801