Katherine Hollander is an historian of modern Europe, with expertise in intellectual and gender history, histories of socialism, exile, and Central Europe, and the history of the European subcontinent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is currently working on a monograph about a small group of intellectuals and artists and their collaborative life together in and out of exile. The book focuses on the intimate and productive friendships between Bertolt Brecht, Helene Weigel, Karin Michaëlis, Margarete Steffin, and Walter Benjamin, following their evolving relationships and creative lives from Vienna to Berlin and into exile in Denmark, Paris, Sweden, the USSR, and Hollywood. The heart of the book is the intensely productive six years spent in and around the thatched-roof house at Skovsbostrand 8 in Svendborg, Denmark (now a scholars’ and artists’ retreat where Kate has twice held residencies).
Kate’s historical scholarship has been published in New German Critique, The Journal of the Historical Society, The Brecht Yearbook, Central European History, and elsewhere. She is also the editor of a student edition of Mother Courage and her Children, with new introduction and notes, forthcoming from Bloomsbury/Methuen in 2022. A full list of Kate’s scholarly publications can be found at https://tufts.academia.edu/KatherineHollander.
The following articles are available online:
“‘Das Steffinische Sternbild’: Brecht’s Mitarbeiterin Margarete Steffin in Exile and Memory,” New German Critique (2018)
“At Home with the Marxes: A Portait of a Socialist Group in Exile,” The Journal of the Historical Society (2010)