Dr. Heike Henderson joined the faculty at Boise State University in 1997. Besides her administrative duties as Associate Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures and German Section Head, she teaches a wide variety of upper-division German classes. She was born and raised in Germany and holds a Ph.D. in German Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis. Her dissertation was entitled “Re-Reading and Re-Writing Multiculturalism: Turkish Women Writers in Germany.”
Heike Henderson’s major research interests include minority discourse, representations of food (and cannibalism!) in contemporary German literature and, most recently, mystery novels with a culinary focus. She has also translated poems by Turkish-German author Zehra Çirak, collaborated with cultural geographers (resulting in two publications about Geographies of Food), and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World (Sage Reference 2011) and the Encyclopedia of Motherhood (Sage Reference 2010).
Here is a small sampling of her recent publications:
- Henderson, Heike. “Kebab in London: Transnational Experiences and the Role of Food in Yadé Kara’s Cafe Cyprus.” Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 69.2 (Fall 2015): 182-199.
- Henderson, Heike. “Gourmet Cuisine with a Side of Murder, German Style.” Mystery Readers Journal 31.2 (Summer 2015): 10-12.
- Henderson, Heike. “Eva Rossmann’s Culinary Mysteries.” Tatort Germany: The Curious Case of German-Language Crime Fiction. Ed. Lynn M. Kutch and Todd Herzog. Rochester: Camden House, 2014. 223-238.
- Henderson, Heike. “Cannibalistic Delights: Human Consumption in Contemporary German Literature.” The Journal of Popular Culture 46.4 (August 2013): 831-846.
- Henderson, Heike. “Performing Cannibalism: Werner Schwab’s ‘ÜBERGEWICHT, unwichtig: UNFORM.’” Journal of Austrian Studies45.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 51-68.
- Henderson, Heike. “Eva Rossmann’s mystery novel Russen kommen. The Russians Are Coming: New Crimes, Old Fears, and Intercultural Alliances.” Studia Austriaca XX (2012): 25-32.
- Henderson, Heike. “‘Strange’ Foods, Taboos, and German Tastes.”Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 65.2 (Fall 2011): 148-167.
- Henderson, Heike. “Cooking up Memories: The Role of Food, Recipes and Relationships in Jeannette Lander’s Überbleibsel.” Women in German Yearbook 22. Ed. Helga Kraft and Maggie McCarthy. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. 236-257.
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